Archive for May, 2008

Megyn Kelly’s Catfight

May 30, 2008

On America’s Newsroom, Megyn Kelly titillated Bill Hemmer and her audience with a tale of her high school locker room catfight. After a segment about a student and teacher tussle, Megyn told Bill, “I had a girl fight once.” She saucily embellished, “I was in my cheerleading uniform.” Addled by testosterone, Bill could merely listen, sputter, and eagerly await more details: Megyn was happy to oblige.

Megyn recounted how, as a sophomore in high school, she was confronted by a senior girl who called her “the ‘b’ word.” She added, “I said, ‘If you call me that one more time, you’re gonna regret it.'” When the girl did, Megyn “let her have it,” and the girl responded in kind. Megyn fueled Bill’s imagination further: she purred, “Before you knew it, we were down on the ground rolling around.”

When Bill asked how the girl fight ended, Megan informed that her gym teacher broke it up. Then she fed Bill’s heightened interest by informing him that the catfight occurred “in the girl’s locker room.” However, to bring the story to a proper end, Megyn boasted, “She never bothered me again–not that I’m advocating violence.”

Megyn had daytime Bill all in a dither. I wonder what she will do to night-time Bill. Will she wrestle Liz Wiehl to the mat in a legal discussion on the O’Reilly Factor? Tune in and watch, especially if it’s sweeps.

Kyra Quits “Slacking,” Barely

May 29, 2008

Today Kyra Phillips, co-host of CNN’s American Morning, finally quit “slacking.” The brunette beauty wore a prim black pin-stripe business suit, which included a blouse sans decolletage and a midi skirt barely above her knee. She decided to finally weigh in personally on the hem line theory: apparently, the economy is not fully in the tank. She showed some leg but very little. Kiran Chetry, come back soon and spur on our economy.

Carlson Claws Rivers

May 28, 2008

Comedienne Joan Rivers felt the sporting scratches of Gretchen Carlson, co-host of Fox & Friends. After Joan Rivers’ voice-over opened the second hour of F&F, Gretch said, “That would be great to have her on.” She added, “I actually saw her on a flight one time: but, I didn’t recognize her because she didn’t have her makeup on.” Brian Kilmeade asked, “Oh, really?” Steve Doocy mimicked a feline’s growling mew before a catfight. Gretch defensively replied, “Don’t give me the “grrr” or whatever you said because you don’t think that Joan Rivers would say something like that to anyone else.”

FBN: Foxy Biz News

May 28, 2008

Hottie FBN Nicole Petallides made Fox and Friends First’s bad housing price news (largest decline year to year in twenty years) sound good–or, at least, look good. As she opined about the implications thereof, the camera man had a difficult time keeping the camera steady. Understandably, he kept trying to keep the blonde Greek goddess’ gams well within the frame as Steve Doocy interviewed her. Although he was successful, he did so in a rather jerky fashion throughout the segment. However, I can’t blame the poor chap: I was distracted, too.

For the reader who does not know who this sexy siren and morning FBN anchor is, the following links have been provided.

Why Gretch?

May 27, 2008

Why Gretch? That is the question. Not that FNC would ever reveal the actual answer. As I watch Alisyn Camerota on Fox & Friends First, I find myself informed and entertained effortlessly by this delightful Italian dish. She follows the footsteps of the gorgeous Kiran Chetry, who formerly did so splendidly on F&FF and F&FW and now does likewise on CNN’s American Morning. On the other hand, Gretchen Carlson seems to struggle, too oft futilely, to be relevant to the issue at hand and to establish a rapport with her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, and the audience. Again, why did FNC choose Gretchen over their rapidly rising star Kiran and, subsequently, over their now premier morning femme talent Aly? Does Gretch have a special “in” with FNC higher-ups?

AM Still “Slacking”

May 26, 2008

Today, once again Kyra Phillips did duty on American Morning in her de rigeur slacks. After promising last Tuesday to discuss anew her wardrobe to show some leg at the end of a segment on the American economy and the hem theory, she has apparently decided times are not good. Perhaps, it is something in the air at CNN: once Kiran Chetry, erstwhile the short-skirted leggy lovely at rival FNC’s Fox & Friends, arrived at the network, she began to wear pants more and skirts longer much to the dismay of her loyal male admirers. Perhaps, if Barack Obama wins in December, the hemline will rise on AM and fall on F&F.

Ainsley Mocks “Real Man”

May 26, 2008

Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Ainsley Earhardt mocked Obama National Delegate candidate Mario Champion as a “real man” on this Memorial Day edition of F&F. In a segment entitled “Citizens’ Campaign: Average Joes Run For Delegate” while discussing Champion, Dave Briggs said, “Now I love this guy: [Champion] plans a ‘poetry slam’…to raise his delegate profile and money for his candidate who is Barack Obama.” Ainsley, laughing derisively, interrupted, “That’s a real man.” Dave declared, “You gotta go to the poetry slam: I, mean, how can you miss that?” Ainsley repeated, “That is a real man.” No bards for Ainsley: only “real men” need apply to win the heart of that South Carolina Southern belle.

No, She Can’t

May 25, 2008

For Fox & Friends Sunday, is Hillary Clinton’s fate sealed? (Hillary has been under major fire and seen as, perhaps, imploding with her explanation of her staying in the race citing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June of 1968.) In a segment on the Titanic, F&F “mistakenly” included her photo. F&FW co-hosts Dave Briggs, Clayton Morris, and Ainsley Earhardt made light of the insertion: Clayton and Ainsley noted that Hillary was not on the Titanic. However, was there a subliminal statement that her ship has sunk?

“I’ll See You Soon”

May 24, 2008

About a month ago this author asserted that the comely Kiran Chetry might be out as CNN’s American Morning co-anchor for two months on maternity leave based on a statement by her fetching fill-in, Kyra Phillips. It appears that Kyra has reaffirmed her prior prognostication. Last Wednesday in an exchange with AM meteorologist Rob Marciano, Kyra complained about walking in the cold New York rain. Rick responded, “Come on back to Atlanta: we’ll welcome you back.” Kyra replied, “I’m working on it: I’ll see you soon.”


XF&F Weekend Co-hosts

May 24, 2008

On this Memorial Day weekend, as the Fox & Friends Weekend viewer honors this country’s fallen heroes, in an infinitesimally lesser manner, he/she remembers past F&F Weekend co-hosts. Where are they now? TV couple Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick co-anchor broadcast FOX’s morning news show; Kiran Chetry animates CNN’s American Morning as co-host; Alisyn Camerota heats up F&F First as co-anchor and F&F as news reader; Julian Phillips acts as a motivational speaker; Page Hopkins makes sparing appearances as the Fox News’ Breaking News desk and, reportedly, has been heard on Fox radio; Greg Kelly serves sometimes an FNC America’s Election Headquarters co-host and a news reader on FNC; and Kelly Wright returns as a Fox News Washington D.C. correspondent. Thanks, gals and guys, for the memories.

Comedy of Errors

May 24, 2008

Fox & Friends Memorial Saturday had a comedy of errors. The FNC technical crew seemed intent on sabotaging Rick Reithmuth’s weathercasts by not airing him for a TV eternity in his first segment after a toss (from co-hosts Ainsley Earhardt & Clayton Morris) and giving him the “blue-lens” look in his second shot. It also gave the viewer a color-bar screen and a blank one during the course of the program. As to the F&F team, Dave Briggs mispronounced “chic”; an “off-air” Ainsley spooned breakfast from a cup; and Courtney Friel spontaneously serenaded the audience with her rendition of the ad jingo. It could have been worse.

Kyra’s “Blonde” Moment

May 23, 2008

Aurburn-tressed Kyra Phillips, guest co-host of CNN’s American Morning, had a stereotypical blonde moment today. In a segment on the appearance of Jena Bush and the First Lady on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” Kyra and John Roberts discussed Jena’s request to read her father’s toast, if written, after he had welled up with emotion at his little girl’s wedding. When Kyra commented on Jena’s request to read her dad’s speech, she assumed that Jena’s request preceded her dad’s becoming overwhelmed and questioned whether Jena trusted her own dad to toast her. John ignored her assessment, added another detail, and moved the discussion in another direction.

Gretch Soldiers On

May 23, 2008

Gretchen Carlson did double duty honorably this morning as she co-hosted not only Fox & Friends but also filled in for Alisyn Camerota on F&F First while bravely battling her hoarseness. Initially, this author thought that the real struggle would be for the viewer to endure her croaky voice and desulatory diction: however, Gretch’s voice got stronger and stronger throughout the morning. Nevertheless, it is odd that management decided not to get Fox & Friends Weekend co-host and today’s F&F First and F&F newsreader Ainsley Earhardt to step in for Gretch as guest anchor.

As an aside, Ainsley would do well to get more air time with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade to tutor her as she grows into her F&F Weekend gig with Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs.

Doocy’s “Child” & Aly’s Wall

May 22, 2008

Yes, I have had to be otherwise occupied lately: sorry! What did I miss? As I’ve gone through my backlog of F&F programs, I noticed Steve Doocy get riled about hyperbolic Keith Olbermann and Alisyn Camerota’s new “Wall.” However, I haven’t perused my TiVo’d CNN’s American Morning shows yet.

I saw Fox & Friends’ co-host Steve Doocy go on an irascible tirade against Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s Anderson Cooper, who made Doocy’s son Peter “Worst Person in the World.” I don’t blame him but Doocy can’t expect his “child,” a twenty-year-old junior at Villanova University, to get a free pass when he like his Dad enters the political arena and seemingly takes sides.

Also, I’ve seen Alisyn Camerota’s cinematic wall. Should it be called Hal, Big Blue, the Blue Wall, Aly’s TV, Wall with a Chick, etc.? Maybe, Camerota’s Cam. Speaking of Alisyn, why does she have to leave the celebrated couch when Fox & Friends First transitions to F&F?

When family matters come to the fore, the ephemeral essence of cable television becomes a bit more apparent. Nevertheless, please feel free to let me know what I may have missed while away. It can be therapeutic and more than a bit fun.

Did Ainsley Say “G** D***”?

May 17, 2008

For faithful watchers of Fox & Friends Weekend, co-host Ainsley Earhardt has a stellar reputation as a Southern church-going Christian. Imagine my surprise when listening to Dave Briggs read “News by the Numbers” story of the $196,000,000 Mega Millions Ohio jackpot winner, I thought that I heard Ainsley gasp and say, “G** d***. I could scarcely believe my ears: Ergo, I’ve rerun it repeatedly. It still sounds to me as if she says it clearly. No one’s perfect: But, crazy!

For those interested and have today’s Fox & Friends Saturday on a DVR, check 7:23 a.m. ET. If you don’t, check JDP or ICN and you may find an audio or vid.

Brigg’s “Newest Career”

May 17, 2008

As Ainsley Earhardt discussed summer jobs with Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs on FNC’s Fox & Friends Saturday, Ainsley said, “Dave would quit every job after a day, he’s telling us.” Dave replied, “I had a brief stint at the Gap.” Ainsley asked, “So this is your longest career?” Dave responded, “A couple of weeks now, yeah.” After Shepherd’s welcoming Clayton Morris to the team in an earlier F&F Weekend program, it appears that both Dave and Clayton are secure in their positions. Ainsley’s position as co-host appears more in doubt with reports that Megan Henderson may come aboard in the summer. Of course, she could replace Courtney Friel as news reader: she appears in that capacity often on other Fox News’ shows. The saga continues.

Kelly Wright Back on F&F Weekend

May 17, 2008

Kelly Wright returned to Fox & Friends Saturday, not as co-host but as Washington correspondent. (He reported on the Bush/Obama “appeasement” controversy.) For fans of Wright and his foremer co-anchors, Page Hopkins and Greg Kelly, it brought back memories of the earlier team and their special rapport. For followers of the new team of Ainsley Earhardt, Clayton Morris, and Dave Briggs, it reminds them that this new crew may, too, change with the possible addition of Megan Henderson.

Kiran Coming Back?

May 15, 2008

In answer to the comment (3.) of a blog reader to “CNN Weaning Kiran’s Fans?,” this author thought that an additional post might be helpful. He basically indicated that the “off the cuff” remarks of Kiran Chetry, John Roberts, and Kyra Phillips as to the length of Kiran’s maternity leave were in jest; that Kiran was in hog heaven with greater news resources at CNN vis-a-vis FNC; and that Kiran would rather be at work with “adults” than stay at home with her children.

Generally, “off the cuff” remarks tend to reveal the truth. Kiran told John Roberts that she would be back before he had a chance to miss her (maybe, a few days) after Roberts told the viewer that it would be about two weeks. Later, Kyra Phillips, Kiran’s sub, mentioned that she would be there for about two months. Now that a month has elapsed and no mention of Kyra filling in for Kiran Chetry has been made in the last three days (as Kyra or John did usually), it is no stretch to wonder if Kiran has reconsidered and decided to stay at home with her beautiful children for the near future. As to news resources, FNC can compete ably with CNN with its network of partners, such as SKY and WSJ. In re rather being at work, Kiran is a genuine family person and the allure of her two children must be strong. (For some conspiracy theorists, Kiran’s Sparty hosted by CNN/US prez Jonathan Klein’s wife and her high profile features in InStyle and OK! Magazine could be seen as a secret sendoff.)


CNN Weaning Kiran’s Fans?

May 14, 2008

Yesterday CNN’s American Morning co-host Kyra Phillips introduced herself, saying, “Good morning! I’m Kyra Phillips.” Sounded innocuous enough. However, generally, she or her co-anchor, John Roberts, have introduce Kyra as “filling in for Kiran Chetry.” Oddly, neither did yesterday nor today.

Also, interestingly, as Kiran’s face was shown on the Quick Vote (QV) segments yesterday and today, it was quickly covered in part by a large question graphic (unlike in the past). In fact, in today’s final two QV segments, her face was partially covered from the very start.

Hopefully, AM is not following in the footsteps of its rival FNC’s Fox and Friends. I.e., when a co-host replacement is made, the viewer is not informed. Is CNN weaning Kiran’s admirers and hoping we don’t notice? We shall see.

A Megan Morning?

May 13, 2008

Yesterday’s TVNewser reported that FNC is “Hot for Henderson.” One of its sources said that the Fox Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate allure, Megan Henderson, has impressed Roger Ailes with her skills as a morning co-host. An apparent insider added that her work would not be limited to the weekend.

If Megan returns to Fox and Friends Weekend, will she replace the lone lovely, Ainsley Earhardt, or will she supplant one of the boys, i.e., Dave Briggs or Clayton Morris? Even though some of this blog’s readers don’t particularly cotton to the South Carolina belle, she and Megan might make for some interesting chemistry. Megan seems to be a bit of a diva and Ainsley appears to be the sweet Southern girl that Momma would love. F&F Weekends might serve up a Dixie distaff duel.