Aly: “If this is my last day, I’m gonna make it good!” April Fools? Yesterday, Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Clayton Morris repeatedly apprised viewers that his co-anchor Alisyn Camerota’s was leaving the show Sunday (in three different segments). Furthermore, he Tweeted, “Yes it’s true. I’m being replaced by Olberman and Aly is being replaced by Oprah. It’s the new
@ffweekend.” Apparently, not all of Clayton’s fans thought it was an April Fool’s joke: Carpe Diem had significant spikes in Aly-related searches (primarily pertaining to Aly’s leaving F&FW).
In the first two cited Clayton segments, supra, co-host Dave Briggs reminded viewers that it was “April 1st or “April Fool’s Day”: However, some of his Twitter followers may have missed his message because he also Tweeted, “Breaking from
@rbfdds Maher, Olberman & Oprah replacing your @ffweekend team…it’s been fun!” Furthermore, in those segments, Aly asserted, respectively, that Clayton was “trying to do a viral April Fool’s Day joke” and scoffed that he had “tried to begin a viral rumor on Twitter.”
Subsequently, in the final cited segment, Aly further tried to assuage any fears of her F&FW fans when FNC correspondent Greg Burke got in on the act. After Burke’s sober report on Palm Sunday from the Vatican, he remarked, “Finally, guys, we got that news here about Alisyn switching jobs with Oprah. We’re a little sad about that….We like Oprah…but we like Alisyn a whole lot more.” Grateful for his shill’s assistance, a stone-faced Clayton replied, “Well, say your good-byes now, Greg. This is Alisyn’s last day: Oprah is replacing her.” To Burke (and, actually, to her audience), Aly explained, “Greg, it’s just an April Fool’s joke that Clayton has been perpetrating: I’m amazed it’s reached Rome.”
Still sowing seeds of devilish doubt, Clayton interjected, “No, our boss just texted me and said, ‘No, it’s certified,’ Greg….[S]ay your good-byes.” Chuckling, Aly intoned, “Arrivederci, Greg, thank you so much.” Then, she teased, “Let’s get to our headlines: If this is my last day, I’m gonna make it good!”
F&FW viewers” who fell for Clayton’s joke: April Fools? No. Even though the purportedly patent jest may have been funny to Clayton, Dave, and Aly, it may have been a cruel reminder to Aly’s fans of her inexplicably leaving F&FW for five months for a purported “maternity shuffle” last year. And, they may not have been quite as amused at F&FW‘s spoof–seemingly at their expense.
*Fox & Friends Weekend - 04/01/12 (@ 6:01 a.m. ET, @ 7:01 a.m. ET, and 9:03 a.m. ET)
[Author's aside: The title comes from Clayton's comment as F&FW opened, i.e., "We should make the announcement this early morning on this Sunday morning. Sad news here at Fox & Friends: Alisyn Camerota leaving the show, being replaced by Oprah Winfrey."]