Posts Tagged ‘Brian Kilmeade’

Ainsley: Ste. or Sinner?

October 22, 2014

We’re glad that you were born….[T]hat dog is trained well.” Guest co-host Ainsley Earhardt brought her Southern charms to the curvy couch again this morning. Yesterday (vid), she wished co-anchor Steve Doocy a belated happy birthday, saying, “We’re so glad [that] you were born” to the great amusement and muted derision of her co-host, New York native Brian Kilmeade, and of even the Kansan birthday boy himself. Today, the religious lovely was laughing heartily with the same boys at a bathing beauty whose dog was trying its best to take off her bikini top (to the amusement of the photog/her apparent boyfriend): She naughtily chuckled, “That dog is trained well, right? A man definitely trained that dog! That’s really cute!”*

To a non-Southerner, a birthday endearment, e.g., “We’re glad that you were born” may sound mawkish or maudlin: But, to the Southerner, it is an expression of genuine acknowledgement of another’s worth in the world or, at least, a proper birthday blandishment for one’s kith or kin. To a non-Southerner, reading the Bible, praying, and going to church and living like the devil on occasion, a la Elvis (NYT bio), Johnny Cash (Rolling Stone bio), and Jimmy Swaggart (Salon bio) may seem strange: But, to the Southerner, it is often a normal albeit improper rite of passage to the Promised Land.

For the uninitiated non-Southerner, Ainsley is either a Southern saint or sinner: For the Southerner, she can be both. Yesterday, Ainsley was happily apprising her friend Steve of how much his presence in this earthly realm has contributed to the betterment of her sphere, and, today, she was bawdily reveling in a dainty damsel’s distress as her doggie is determined to undress her for the camera. Tomorrow, is a whole new day.

Ainsley may be no Tanya Tucker: But, she just may be F&F‘s “Delta Dawn.”

Fox & Friends – 10/22/14 (@ 6:32 a.m. ET).

 

Doocy: Elizabeth “Had Some Surgery”

October 15, 2014

“She’s going to be out for a couple of weeks.” Where has Elisabeth Hasselbeck been? Today, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy revealed the reason for his co-anchor’s disappearance this morning. However, he was not fully forthcoming.

After welcoming The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle to the center seat on the curvy couch, Steve disclosed the secret of Elisabeth’s absence to the F&F audience, saying, “In case, you were wondering where Elisabeth is today and this week, well, she had some surgery yesterday and she’s going to be out for a couple of weeks.”* Reassuringly, he added, “But, she’s doing just fine [and] she’s on the mend.”

Chiming in, F&F co-anchor Brian Kilmeade elaborated, “But, as you know if you watch the show, she is strong, she is tough, and a better athlete than me. We heard from her last night and she said she is feeling good: So, in a few, in a short time, she’ll be back on the set.”

Notably, neither Steve nor Brian revealed the nature of Elisabeth’s surgery. Perhaps, they both are waiting on Elisabeth herself to do so if, in fact, she decides to do so. Nevertheless, her fans doubtlessly wish the new queen of the F&F curvy couch a full recovery and a swift return.

*Fox & Friends – 10/15/14 (@ 6:01 a.m. E.T.).

Unlike Kilmeade, Eric Mans Up: Apologizes

September 26, 2014

Bolling: “When I got home, I got the look!” Greta was right: Did The Five co-host Eric Bolling ever “get into so much trouble” for dismissing the ISIS-bombing U.A.E.’s first female fighter pilot as “Boobs on the ground” in a Five segment Wednesday! And, yesterday, he “manned” up and apologized for his offensive jest.

After Eric’s Five co-anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle introduced the “One More Thing” segment, she called on him immediately. Looking straight into the camera, Eric remarked, “Okay, for my ‘One More Thing’ tonight, I want to go back to yesterday: About this time, I made a joke. When I got home, I got the look–and realized [that] some people didn’t think it was funny at all: I said sorry to my wife, and I apologize to all of you as well.” For emphasis, he added, “I just want to make that very clear!”

If Eric’s apology were not very clear, Kimberly added, “And, you love women, and you have respect for them.” Chastened, Eric concurred, “And, I do.”

Kudos, Eric! Kilmeade could learn from you.

Heather: Happening Now Happily

September 22, 2014

Tony Snow: “God made you beautiful: Now you’ve got to make yourself smart.” Quirky Fox & Friends newsreader Heather Nauert seems to have found a more fitting slot of late on FNC as guest co-host of Happening Now.  Paired with HN regular co-anchor Jon Scott oft now that Jenna Lee is on maternity leave, the “Chicago” chirper excels in her new chair as a sharp counterpart to FNC’s whilom Shakespearean actor/go-to aviation “expert” Jon: Consequently, fans of F&F are treated to a more mellifluous Carolinian cadence in the early morn as F&F First co-hosts Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt often fill in for Heather N. as headline news anchor.

F&F fans can now enjoy their show more as the Southern belle beauties ameliorate their Yankee (Rhode Island) colleague Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s too oft nasal sounds with their delightful drawl. To boot, the viewers are not subjected to a pedantic Ms. Romper Room Nauert who too oft wants to “tell you about this” before she actually does.

Yes, the “younger sister of another Heather (Locklear)” is beautiful, and she is smart. But, she can be pedantic and irritating a la erstwhile F&F anchor Gretchen Carlson when she talks down to her audience who generally know as much or more than she does. Like the former Miss America [vid] with her new show (The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson), Heather now seems to be more relaxed and at ease on HN–not feeling as if she has to prove her smarts to her audience vis-a-vis the boys, F&F co-anchors Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy.

Heather Happening Now: beautiful, smart–and, finally, starting to chill.

[Author's aside: The subtitle, supra, is based on a Tony Snow quote cited in a Paul Farhi article in the Washington Post.]

F&F Fam Fun: “Sis” Lis Turns 1!

September 17, 2014

Has her bro Brian’s back. Sorry! Yesterday, Fox & Friends co-anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck celebrated her first year anniversary on the cable news morning show juggernaut. The new queen of the curvy couch was feted by F&F producers with their fun take-off [vid] of MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” vid and a even wetter redux of her fun physical hijinks initiation into the family [vid].*

As a proud new member of the family, Elisabeth had her co-host and “brother” Brian Kilmeade‘s back. In an interview with Joel Keller of Parade, she was asked, “When you talk for three hours a day, you may end up saying stuff that people might turn their eyebrows up at: this happened to Brian the other day with the Ray Rice elevator video, when he joked that the lesson is to take the stairs.” Instead of addressing Brian’s inane, insensitive jest directly, Elisabeth answered, “I was not there that day. I can say that Brian Kilmeade and [their fellow co-anchor] Steve Doocy are two of the most honorable men that I know….[T]hose two men are credible husbands, extraordinary fathers, and they are two of the greatest friends that I have been able to make.”

Sounding like Brian’s bumptious non-apology apology for his callous callow joke, Elisabeth continued, “I don’t want to get off track or distracted. I think it’s quite easy to do that in with Ray Rice, but to be very clear, the most offensive thing about anything that’s going on with Ray Rice is what occurred in that elevator [TMZ vid]]. Bottom line.”

Bottom line, Elizabeth, is that you are right as to “what occurred in that elevator” is “the most offensive thing about anything that’s going on with Ray Rice”: But, that does not excuse NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his absurd initial two-week suspension of Rice for his apparent assault and battery of his then fiancee nor Brian for his callous quip re Rice’s fiancee.

As to F&F re Rice, unfortunately, Elton John was right: “Sorry seems to be the hardest word.”

[Author's aside: Elisabeth often likens Brian and Steve to brothers: In fact, as the show opened yesterday memorial Lis' first year, she cooed, "You guys treat me like a sister."]

*Fox & Friends (redux) – 09/16/14 (@ 8:52 a.m. ET).

Brian’s Non-Apology Apology

September 9, 2014

And Steve’s silence. Sounding more like a politician than a journalist, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade tried to do damage control this morning and he had his talking points down pat: To wit, whatever he and his co-anchor Steve Doocy may have joked about yesterday as to Ravens’ Ray Rice’s alleged elevator assault on his then fiancee (TMZ vid), they take domestic violence seriously. Very seriously.

Smartly tackling the matter at the very start of the show, Steve introduced the video of Rice seemingly cold-cocking his now wife in a casino elevator and questioned why the NFL had not asked the casino for a copy of the video. Instead of giving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a veritable pass as usual for giving Rice an asinine, flaccid two-week suspension, Brian iterated the question as to why the NFL did not ask the casino for a copy of the video and said that TMZ had indicated that NFL knew about the video in question.

As the segment ended, Brian tried to put an end to the controversy engendered by his and Steve’s flippant jests as to the message of the Rice video, respectively, to “take the stairs” and to remember that “when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.” Looking down at his papers, Brian intoned, “Comments that we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking this situation too lightly. We are not: we were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us I can assure you.”*

And, that was that. No apology from Brian, saying, “I made an unthinking, tasteless jest about the Ray Rice video yesterday, and I’m sorry.” And, unfortunately, no mea culpa from Steve either.

Brian may have game: But, he did not show it today. Nor did Steve. But, tomorrow is a whole new day–hopefully.

*Fox & Friends – 09/09/14 (@ 8:04 a.m. ET).

Kilmeade & Doocy Fails: Ravens’ Rice Jests

September 8, 2014

Anna Kooiman: “This is so shocking!” Today, Fox & Friends co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy both committed major fails this morning in ill-conceived jests as to domestic abuse. After a segment on now erstwhile Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice‘s apparent elevator assault on his then fiancee (vid via TMZ), Brian joked, “I think the message is [to] ‘take the stairs.'”* As Anna chuckled uncomfortably, Steve rejoined, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

Today, normally surefooted Brian and Steve weighed into an area where any angel should fear to tread, i.e., domestic abuse and a cheap laugh. Obviously, assaulting a female is no joke and never should be treated as such. Unfortunately, Brian tried to add some levity after the horrific video and it fell fatefully flat: To make matters worse, Steve weighed in and was mired in the process.

For this longtime viewer of the show (dating back to when whilom F&F co-host E. D. Hill was E. D. Donahey), the aforementioned moment was definitely cringe-inducing. Even though the author assuredly does not believe that either Brian or Steve think that domestic abuse is a laughing matter, they should have known better this morning than to not let their condemnation of it be patently obvious and severe. Unfortunately, in the author’s view, Brian did not help matters by giving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell virtual absolution for his bone-headed decision to give Ray Rice only a two-game suspension for his alleged assault–by commenting that Goodell had owned up to his “huge mistake” and had increased future penalties for domestic abuse to a six-game suspension for the first offense and a life-time ban for a second offense: Perchance, if Brian were not the FNC sports guy and former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner were not Goodell’s wife, Brian might have been less charitable in his assessment.

Happily, according to the Washington Post, “Fox & Friends will address [the] Ray Rice ‘stairs’ comments on Tuesday’s show.” And they should–because it is the right thing to do. And, for the cynical, if they do not, Fox News critics will use Brian and Steve’s ill-advised remarks to slam them and their network mercilessly henceforth.

[Author's aside: Re the subtitle, it is guest co-host Anna Kooiman's assessment of the alleged assault before Brian and Steve's errant extemporaneous utterances.]

*Fox & Friends – 09/08/14 (@ 8:32 a.m. ET).

Anna K.: “In for Elisabeth”

August 7, 2014

The younger, fresher Gretchen? Today, Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Anna Kooiman once again filled in for the increasingly absent Elisabeth Hasselbeck on F&F. The North Carolina flirty fitness fiend [vid] is a delightful break from the overly earnest Lis who is quite keen on apprising her curvy couch mates Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade that they are like brothers to her and embracing every guest female as if they were sisters.

True or not, Lis seems like such a sweet gal that the author is rather loathe to diss F&F‘s latest leading lady: Nevertheless, he feels as if he should give the “cruel” critique. Rhode Island’s blond beauty got off to a good start with her fun athletic antics, competing for the eyeballs of America almost a la her Survivor persona in the first days of the show. But, lately, the ever clowning cutie seems to be trying to turn F&F into a coed The View.

In contrast, Anna offers a saucier, more vivacious view. If the F&F fan liked the older queen of the curvy couch, Gretchen Carlson, s/he probably likes Anna all the more. The gals are both blond, broad-faced, and somewhat thick-thighed beauties selected by Bill Shine: However, Anna seems less of the solipsist who appears ready to recite her curriculum vitae to her audience at each and every opportunity.

Stick around for a while on F&F, Anna: Ainsley can sub on the weekends. Or, Elisabeth, at least, play the coquette on occasion–even if you don’t mean it.

[Author's aside: Title, supra, refers to Anna's opening F&F line, i.e., "I'm Anna Kooiman in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck this morning."]

 

F&F Embarrasses Ailes?

May 10, 2014

Steve Doocy: “Shepard must be happy!” Almost two years to the day that Studio B anchor Shepard Smith announced that he could not show the Trampoline Bear vid anymore, Fox & Friends resurrected the odious decade-old footage of a black bear falling from a tree onto a trampoline and subsequently doing a hard head-first plunge into an unforgiving ground.* To make matters worse, they ran the seemingly sadistic footage twice.**

Perchance, it was the F&F producer who has an apparent fixation on the “wussification of America” that made the callous call. Regardless, it must embarrass FNC chief Roger Ailes who seems to have tried to embrace a more animal-friendly approach with glowing coverage of his now deceased friend‘s favored Westminister Dog Show at Madison Square Garden and his underlings’ F&F fun, informative F&F segments with famed wildlife advocate Jack Hanna–not to mention, their whilom “Good Shepard‘s” “Cool Critters” stories.

It’s time for Shine to have Ailes’ back re animal rights. And, it’s time for his rogue producers to end the Trampoline Bear airings. It’s been over ten years since it was news: Now, it should be history!

*Fox & Friends – 05/01/14 (@ 6:00 a.m. ET).

**Fox & Friends – 05/01/14 (@ 8:00 a.m. ET).

[Author’s aside: Re Steve Doocy‘s Shep quote, supra, he said that at the beginning of F&F‘s May Day show when co-host Brian Kilmeade joked that Russia had said that that “bear on the trampoline is now [America's] ticket to space.”]

Outnumbered: Outmanned?

April 30, 2014

Girls, girls, girls: “You just submit from the first moment!” Fox News beauties Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Jedediah Bila kicked off their inaugural show Outnumbered with token troglodyte Tucker Carlson of Fox & Friends Weekend fame Monday.

As FNC’s femme fatale showcase started, Sandra introduced the “big reveal” Tucker and Harris revealed that he lived with a lot of women: Chuckling,the #OneLuckyGuy du jour remarked, “I live with exactly this number four: So, this is like dinner at my house. Yes, I’m in a defensive crouch already.” Cocking her head jauntily, Sandra queried, “So, how does it feel to sit in the hot seat, Tucker? He laughed, “Well, you just submit from the first moment: you already give up. So, if you begin at that point, you can’t lose!”

And, for the most part, Tucker did just that. But, to keep the boys watching FNC’s “View,” Tucker took the view of most adolescent boys when it came to a sexy teacher who allegedly gave one of her fifteen-year-old male students a lap dance for his birthday in class. Introducing his segment, Tucker riantly remarked, “I think [that] legitimate opinion divides whether this was appropriate for the classroom or not.”* As his female co-hosts looked at him in utter disbelief, he declared, “There are people out there who believe that there ought to be criminal sanctions brought against this woman. And, I think that’s deranged because…there’s no victim here!”

Outnumbered: But, not outmanned! Tucker: Boys will be boys! The ladies were almost in control!

[Author's aside: More estrogen friendly, Brian Kilmeade was the boy in the middle the following day and today. His only guy gaffe: caviling over whether cheerleading was a sport or not.]

*Outnumbered – 04/28/14 (12:49 p.m. ET).

Comely Camerota: CNN’s Catch?

March 31, 2014

Bathing beauty Aly: “For anyone wondering what I’ve been up to….” Today, Alisyn Camerota, the quondam queen of Fox & Friends Weekend‘s curvy couch got her fans attention with that Twitter tease that featured her in a sexy bathing beauty pose. She may have been more demure than her daring ’80’s bikini shot but the Bristol Bay Babe was just as alluring with her sexy come-hither pose. The catch? The former F&FW fox has jumped ship to CNN according to FTVLive.

For Fox & Friends viewers, Aly’s move should come as no surprise. FNC’s Senior VP of Programming Bill Shine has seemingly given his erstwhile best anchor the shaft: When he ditched Gretchen Carlson on F&F weekday, it appeared that the long-suffering three-time co-anchor of F&FW and frequent guest-host of F&F would finally get her due. Instead, the same genius that chose Gretch to be E. D. Hill‘s replacement on F&F over the eminently superior Kiran Chetry decided to go outside of the FNC family and choose Barbara Walter’s View outcast, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, rather than F&F fan favorite Aly.

Hopefully, CNN Prez Jeff Zucker will put Aly on against Lis in the mornings to jump start his moribund morning show New Day. Of course, Aly will be at a distinct disadvantage having to contend against Shine’s FNC juggernaut trio that also includes F&F Everyman Steve Doocy and Puckish wit Brian Kilmeade. Hopefully, Aly will join a cast including current Early Start co-host, wag John Berman, and another engaging gal or guy during the New Day time period: I.e., if the proverbial CNN stars are aligned propitiously, ND co-anchor Kate Bouldan, Michaela Pereira, and Chris Cuomo will find new places on Ted Turner’s network and Aly can usher in a new dawn to CNN.

Congratulations, Aly! And, good luck!

H/t, J$P!

Aly Tears Up: “My Last Day”

March 14, 2014

“Censored” Camerota’s “Orwellian Twist”: A very special day.”Not! In her America’s News HQ tease today on Happening Now, Alisyn Camerota promised, “Today is a very special day for us: we hope that you’ll tune in at the top of the hour!”* For those who did tune in as Aly asked, it was anything but–special.

Of course, Aly’s fans knew the end was near. On Monday, TVNewser reported that her tenure at Fox News would conclude sometime this month. On Tuesday, Judge Napolitano clued Aly’s acolytes into the fact that her departure would possibly be this week when he rhetorically asked Aly if he would be on with her again, exclaiming, “Mother of God!” Today, the writing on Belshazzar’s wall needed no interpreting when Aly promised “a very special day.”

When America’s News Headquarters began to conclude this afternoon, Aly’s co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced, “And, today marks the end–of a wonderful run for our friend and our colleague, Alisyn Lane Cameota.”** As tears began to well up in Aly’s eyes, Bill continued, “I tried to talk her out of it: Oh, I tried! She’s leaving us after sixteen years here at the Fox News channel but she leaves us laughing because that’s what Aly does!”

On cue, a collage of innocuous Aly FNC clips ran: Unfortunately, it appeared to have been cobbled together at the last minute by an intern who had little knowledge of Aly’s tenure on the “Fair and Balanced” network. Bizarrely, there was no real footage of Aly with her Fox & Friends Weekend co-hosts during her remarkable three stints on the show: Vintage Aly video with her comeliest of co-hosts Kiran Chetry and their stalwart colleague Kelly Wright was a no-show, e.g., the hilarious spanking tape; Aly clips with her Doublemen twins, Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs, on cam were absent, e.g., “Dave’s Farewell;” and Aly snippets with her final F&FW fellows Clayton and Tucker Carlson apparently were also left on the cutting floor, e.g., Aly’s full “Down and Dirty in the Mud.” To make matters even worse, there was no vid of Aly and the F&F week day boys, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade either (“Aly’s Back: She’s Rocking–& Ringless“).

In the strange melange today, it was almost all Aly and Bill: There was scant recognition of what Aly has meant to her fans throughout the years on Fox & Friends (weekend and week day). Aly was and is an FNC icon: Too bad, Bill Shine appears to not aptly appreciate that fact. But, Aly’s fans do.

Kudos, Aly! A job well done. You will be missed!

*Happening Now – 03/14/14 (@ 12:43 p.m. ET).

*America’s News HQ – 03/14/14 (@ 1:54 p.m. ET).

Update: J$P vid: “Alisyn Signs Off from Fox News.”

F&F: Ainsley Replaces Heather?

January 22, 2014

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “I love seeing you in the morning.” Yesterday, Fox & Friends First co-host Ainsley Earhardt filled in for F&F newsreader Heather Nauert. Regrettably, only for the day.

And, seemingly, that is the sentiment that co-anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck expressed mid-show Monday. Segueing to Ainsley to proclaim the headline news, Elizabeth exclaimed, “You know who looks good? Ainsley!”* Turning to Elizabeth with a big smile, Ainsley cooed, “Aww, you’re so sweet!” Feeling the love, Elisabeth aptly answered,  “I love seeing you in the morning!” Perhaps, presciently, Ainsley responded, “Thanks! I love being with you guys!”

Ainsley does fit in rather well with Elizabeth and the F&F boys. Even though she may not have that “alpha bitch” prerequisite a la Lis to co-host with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, the South Carolina belle does add her delightfully genteel manner–friendly, funny, and deferential to the “stars” of the show. Instead of the awkward ad hoc observations that Heather too oft makes, Ainsley facilitates a smooth transition from and back to the co-hosts.

For fans of the Chi-town chick (like White House press secretary Tony Snow who told her “God made you beautiful”), she is not bad to look at–at all. But, sometimes, the leggy blonde beauty is just a bit too perky and chirpy for the Fox & Friends dawn. Ironically, an hour earlier, paired with the other Heather (Heather Childers), she can be a delightful wake-up call.

F&FF: Wake up to Heather–in fact, both of them! F&F: But, greet the day with Ainsley and Lis!

*Fox & Friends – 01/21/14 (@ 7:34 a.m. ET).

Elisabeth’s Superman Kiss

January 20, 2014

Lis’ lip lock with Clark Kent. Sorry, Carpe Diem readers, I saw Elisabeth Hasselbeck kissing Superman–on the Fox & Friends‘ set over a week ago (01/08/14): And, I said nothing. Mea culpa!

Mid-show, two Wednesdays ago, Elisabeth introduced the upcoming segment, saying, “And, you need to know, what this country…really needs, we need Superman, Dean Cain, flying in here next. And, he is talking politics.” Taking the cue, co-anchor Steve Doocy led Cain onto the set with both of them acting as if they were flying onto the set, with closed fists extended as if they were flying. When Cain espied Elisabeth, the two greeted each other with an amorous mouth-on-mouth kiss–followed by a buss from Cain on Elisabeth’s left cheek.*

After commercial break, Cain sat right next to Elisabeth (between her and Steve) as Steve and co-host Brian Kilmeade touted Cain’s new Spike TV new series, 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. After they did so, a grinning Cain remarked, “I, I have to admit: We’re sitting this way because I asked Steve if I could sit next to Elisabeth. I’ll be honest: I did!” Flattered, a smiling Elisabeth touched Cain on the shoulder tenderly and declared, “Aw, I’m honored to sit by you!”

Later, during the interview, Steve promo’d Cain’s new show anew, saying, “Alright, the reason you’re here officially is.”** Interjecting, Cain exclaimed, “Is to see Elisabeth!” Apparently, Cain was recalling the able lyrics of Hall & Oates who sensually sang, “Your kiss, your kiss is on my list…as the best things in life.”

*Fox & Friends – 01/08/14 (@ 7:32 a.m. ET)

**Ibid at @ 7:38 a.m. ET.

F&F Oops: “I Didn’t Say Sh*t”

January 14, 2014

Rita Moreno: “When you talk to a[n] eighty-two-year-old woman…be ready for anything!” But, this morning, Fox & Friends censors were not! When the brassy Hollywood legend Rita Moreno appeared this morning, they got more than they bargained for.

After F&F co-anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced the storied Oscar/Emmy/Tony/Grammy winner in the penultimate segment this morning, the saucy Puerto Rican remarked, “This is three hours earlier for me because I just came in from California!” When F&F co-host Steve Doocy jested, “Are you starting by complaining?,” Moreno pluckily shot back, saying, “That’s not a complaint: That’s a statement of fact. Be quiet! And, don’t yell at me!”

Chastened, a grinning Steve responded, “I’m sorry! I’ll just sit back here quietly.”

Smiling, Moreno aptly admonished, “When you talk to a[n] eighty-two-year-old woman, you know, be ready for anything! We don’t take any caca from anybody!” When Steve impishly replied, “At what age does that start?” Moreno ribaldly riposted, “Notice I didn’t say sh*t!”

Raising his eyebrows at her un-bleeped expletive, a chagrined Steve answered, “No, I noticed.” As Elisabeth doubled over with laughter at Moreno’s unashamedly scatological humor, Steve jibed, “Rita, Rita, have you been on YouTube before?” Reddening, co-anchor Brian Kilmeade muttered, “Oh, my goodness!”

Laughing, Moreno pumped her fists in the air in triumph. Demurely, she deadpanned, “Well, there’s a starter for the morning.”

Indeed, it was.

Anna: F&F “More Blondelicious Than Usual”

January 1, 2014

Ainsley: “Clayton, sleep in! I’m glad you had so much bubbly last night.” Unexpected Fox & Friends guest co-host Ainsley Earhardt did not mind a bit stepping in this morning for the missing Clayton Morris. In fact, she relished the moment and so did the other New Year’s day edition Fox & Friends co-anchors, Jesse Watters and Anna Kooiman.

As the show opened, Anna, garbed in a teal form-fitting short dress, announced that she was subbing for Elisabeth Hasselback. When she turned to Jesse (in for Steve Doocy), he introduced himself and then laughed, “And, I think we’re missing Clayton: we have Ainsley here (in for Brian Kilmeade).” Having just finished co-hosting F&F First, festively attired in a sexy chartreuse, black-hemmed mini-skirt, Ainsley exclaimed, “Yep! I’m not complaining, though!”*

Looking into the camera as if addressing the absent co-anchor, grinning, she jauntily jested, “Clayton, sleep in! I’m glad you had so much bubbly last night.” To Anna and Jesse, she added, “They’re waiting on him to come in from New Jersey this morning.”

Gazing over at fellow flaxen-tressed beauty Ainsley, Anna announced, “The [curvy] couch [is] looking more blondelicious than usual!” Interjecting appreciatively, Jesse concurred, chuckling, “Yeah, the couch is a little better looking without Clayton.” Placing her hand on Anna’s shoulder, a smiling Ainsley smiling declared, “Jesse, you are a lucky man this morning!”

Putting his arms up in the air, Jesse aptly replied, “Hey! What can I say? It’s a great way to start the new year!”

And it was. F&F: More blondelicious than usual today. Anna and Ainsley: Still “Bringing Sexy Back!”

[Author's aside: At the end of the segment, Ainsley, Anna, and Jesse looked outside to see Clayton Morris comically posing outside on the sidewalk (as if he were a drunken New Year's Eve reveler trying to find his way home in the morning).*]

Fox & Friends – 01/01/14 (@ 6:02 a.m. ET).

Ibid at @ 6:13 a.m. ET.

Update: Vid via (J$P) included opening segment, supra. H/t, J$.

New “Miss New Year’s Eve”: Elisabeth Hasselbeck

December 16, 2013

Out with the old: in with the new? New Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck shakes things up again as she replaces long-time co-host Megyn Kelly of FNC’s All American New Year. Announcing the news today (as the final hour of F&F began), co-anchor Steve Doocy exclaimed, “Ladies and gentlemen, Miss New Year’s Eve is sitting right next to us right here!” Meanwhile, a full-screen banner blared, “All American New Year w/ Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer“: Chiming in, co-host Brian Kilmeade queried, “Are you excited? You’re going to be hosting with Bill Hemmer!” Taking it all in stride, the leggy lovely demurely responded, “I’m just going to be Bill Hemmer’s sidekick bringing in the New Year with everybody. We are thrilled! 11 p.m. December 31st, New Year’s Eve.”

[Author's aside: Poor Bill Hemmer! First, Megyn left him on America's Newsroom to host her own show daytime show America Live. Now, the eponymous host of FNC's new prime-time hit The Kelly File has abandoned him yet again. With FNC's brand new blond beauty by his side to start the new year, maybe, just maybe, Bill can bounce back.]

Fox & Friends – 12/16/13 (@ 7:01 a.m. ET)

Victoria’s Secret Bra: F&F Falsie!

December 5, 2013

“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Mon. at 10 pm.” Not! Fox & Friends producers let their standards slip this morning when they gave Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a free promo: They may have given their F&F fans a titillating tease with a personal appearance by Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel and her $10 million dollar bra and highlights of the show–but they also gave them the wrong day!

When F&F co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the segment with Swanepoel, viewers were treated to footage of the angels sashaying down the catwalk in scant attire and, subsequently, by a lingering look at the vaunted Victoria’s Secret $10,000,000 bra.* Simultaneously, a chyron proclaimed (for almost a full 30 seconds), “The Sexiest Night on TV! Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Mon. at 10PM.” Oops: Actually, the V.S. Fashion Show is Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Subsequently, Swanepoel and Brian did mention that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show would air December 10th. However, neither noted the producers’ error and alerted the F&F audience that December 10th will be next Tuesday, not next Monday. Unfortunately, co-hosts Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck missed it, too.

Victoria’s Secret bra: nice. Fox & Friends falsie: naughty.

*Fox & Friends – 12/05/13 (@ 8:53 p.m. ET).

Eric Bolling: F&F Bully? “I’m Sorry!”

November 18, 2013

Subbing for infamous F&F “child abuser” Brian Kilmeade, Eric gives cute kid the hook–but he is sorry.* On Fox & Friends this morning, Five co-host Eric Bolling took filling in for Brian, perhaps, a bit too seriously. As F&F fans may remember, Brian made two-year-old basketball phenom Titus Ashby cry when he carelessly rebounded a basketball for the toddler and inadvertently hit him in the nose with it [vid-07/11/13)]: Today, Eric may not have made a baby boy cry but he certainly had little tolerance for one who did (i.e., one who was more than understandably agitated at having to appear on national television at the ungodly time of 4:33 a.m. PT). To wit, incredibly, he asked a sleepy-eyed, cranky California child’s mom to hand him off to someone else off camera as their interview began. Oops!

In a segment scheduled far too early for man or beast on the Pacific Coast, mommy blogger Jessica Shyba appeared with her son Beau in one arm and her puppy Theo in the other. As producers aired the now viral adorable boy/pup nap-time pics, Beau and Theo began to tussle with each other–like two playfully bellicose brothers–as Shyba struggled to keep a handle on them both. Sympathetically, co-host Steve Doocy remarked, “Jessica, if you want to put one of them down, go ahead.”

Gratefully, Shyba responded “okay” as she handed the puppy to one out of the camera’s eye. As she did, Eric exclaimed, “No! Leave that one! Put the other one down! I’m just kidding!” Perchance, sensing that he, in truth, had not been jesting, Shyba handed her baby boy Beau to the person off cam and took back the puppy. Apparently, realizing his faux pas, Eric chuckled, “Ah, I, I was just kidding. I’m sorry!”

Later, when the interview began to end, Steve kindly asked, “You want to bring Beau in one last time just  for a ‘so long,’ or is he out of the room?” Chuckling uncomfortably, Eric interjected, “Yes!” Smiling, Shyba answered, “He’s out of the room.”

Subsequently, after co-anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck thanked Shyba, Theo, and Beau for joining the co-hosts, Steve looked over at Eric with arched eyebrows and a questioning look. Reddening, Eric protested, “I was kidding! I was teasing!” Chastening Eric, Steve riposted, “What’s the matter with you!” Concurring, Elisabeth aptly concluded, “You’re giving a mom a hard time early in the morning. That is messed up!”

*Author’s aside: Eric Bolling’s “brother” Bob Beckel gave that moniker to Brian–to his great discomfit–when he subbed on the Five shortly after Brian’s ill-thrown pass to Titus.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Who Dat?

September 29, 2013

FNC’s debutante: courtesy of the curvy couch. Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her debut on the show–and the network– almost two weeks ago. For many F&F viewers who expected F&FW co-host and usual F&F fill-in Alisyn Camerota to take her place on the curvy couch vacated by Gretchen Carlson, it came as a shock when FNC outsider Elisabeth was named the new co-anchor with Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. Naturally, Executive Programming VP Bill Shine had to do some ‘splaining–or, at the very least–to introduce in some detail this new View gal to loyal F&F viewers: He chose the latter.

In so doing, Elisabeth was feted regally on set by Donald Trump, Sherri Shepherd, and Sean Hannity as they all effusively praised the new FNC celeb to her co-hosts and F&F fans. Attempting to endear Elisabeth further to their audience, Steve and Brian elicited bio details from the blond beauty. And for those viewers who have not seen her in Survivor, The Look for Less (Style Network), or The View, a closer look was surely warranted.

Ergo, during the course of this her inaugural show, Elisabeth and her co-hosts provided the following personal info. The athletic lovely played point guard at Bay View Academy (East Providence) and softball at Boston College; studied studio art at BC; met hubby Tim Hasselbeck (then future NFL quarterback) there and married him in 2002 after about five years of dating; and even designed shoes for a while (for Puma). Of course, they also reminded viewers that Elisabeth had been on the aforementioned shows. (On a more “intimate” level, the mother of three revealed to those who thought that she was a natural towhead that she had dyed her hair brown as a college sophomore or junior–or, not!)

Good start! And, good luck, Elisabeth!


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