Archive for May, 2009

F&FW Fetes Leno: Buries Briggs Vid

May 30, 2009

Not a vid snippet–in fact, nary a word–of Jay Leno’s monologue joke with footage of Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Dave Briggs allegedly checking out the derrieres of Ainsley Earhardt and Janice Dean. On the very day that F&FW extensively covered Jay Leno’s Tonight Show sendoff last night, F&FW co-anchors, Clayton Morris, Alisyn Camerota, and Dave (understandably) kept conspicuously silent on the infamous incident which aired earlier this week on Leno’s show. Incredible!

Just when F&FW seemed to be back on course, F&FW took this lame tack. It lost its nerve and verve today. Not a good omen of things to come.



Red Eye? Party Huddy Hardy

May 30, 2009

Last night Juliet survived her virgin Red Eye appearance rather well despite her sleep deprivation. Before the show, the blonde beauty Tweeted (in all caps), “BEEN A TERRIBLE LAST 24 HOURS WITH NO SLEEP SO HOPEFULLY I ACTUALLY STAY AWAKE ON RED EYE.”* Not only did she keep her eyes open but also Juliet was witty, flirty, and sexy.

However, Juliet was uncharacteristically tentative, self-conscious, and diffident. Perhaps, it was first-time jitters. Or, maybe, it had something to do with a now-deleted Tweet that she wrote after the “sleep” one, supra, about having a “blast” at a friend’s birthday bash and the subsequent “havoc in [her] life” that it caused.**

All in all, Juliet’s performance was a success. Hopefully, FNC programming veep, Bill Shine, will continue to re-introduce the popular former Fox & Friends co-host to the FNC audience. Welcome back, Party Hardy Huddy!



Alina Eyes Palin’s Bad Boy

May 29, 2009

American Morning guest co-host Alino Cho, resident fashionista (according to AM co-host Kiran Chetry),* seemed fascinated with self-professed redneck Levi Johnston. Decrying his fifteen minutes of fame, she discussed him each and every hour of the show this morning. According to my calculations she gave him an extra six minutes.

In the first hour of AM, as “Independent Nation” author John Avalon concluded his “Wingnut of the Week” segment, she asked, “What is a wingnut segment without Levi Johnston? He is…shirtless in GQ…poses with his baby, gives an interview. When is enough enough?” When Avalon indicated that Levi’s fifteen minutes were up and that he should move on, Alina replied, “I gotta agree with you on that.”

In the second hour, Alina promo’d and introduced a sympathetic “Pretty Damn Uncomfortable” Levi Johnston piece with GQ shirtless pics of him with his baby and a shot of the camouflage-clad, gun-slinging Alaskan rebel. After the report, Alina acerbically commented, “The writer [of the GQ article] believes that Levi is hoping to turn his story into a book or TV deal. That would be if anybody really cares about that story.” Guest co-anchor Rob Marciano wryly replied, “Well, you know, we seem to care.”

In the final hour, Alina did it again. When she presided over the “Political Drama” debate with lib Hilary Rosen, HuffPo editor-at-large, and conservative Leslie Sanchez, Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute co-chair, she covered two issues. I.e., the profound matter of the nomination of the first Hispanic female, Judge Sonia Stomayor, to the highest court of the land and the shallow issue of “Levi Johnston shirtless in the July issue of GQ magazine speaking out.” A peculiar juxtaposition indeed.

Good girl Alina: bad boy Levi.


Gretch: Prejean, “Whatever!”

May 29, 2009

Rowrr! Today Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson’s bared her claws at her Wednesday replacement, Miss California Carrie Prejean.* Gretch got her dander up when Chris Wallace, during his weekly promo for Fox News Sunday, made his usual barb at F&F co-anchor Brian Kilmeade: Chris teased, “Brian, I never saw a more revolting sight than the way you were salivating over Carrie Prej–Is it Prejean (pre-gene) or Prejean (pre-john)? Rolling her eyes dismissively, Gretchen cattily sniped, “Whatever!” Then she agitatedly added, “Yeah, I saw that, too.”

The 1989 Miss America must have also seen the Donald Trump interview with Brian, Carrie, and Steve Doocy.** In it, he said, ““Roger Ailes is a great genius, and I have a feeling that you’re going to see her [Carrie Prejean] a lot on Fox.” More pointedly, Trump remarked, “Congratulations, Carrie: great job! The three of you look very, very good together!” When Carrie Prejean readily responded, “We do look good together!,” Gretchen’s ears must have perked up all the more.

Future F&F catfight for the curvy couch?

*F&F (05/29/09) – 8:37 a.m. ET


Tepid Thursday

May 28, 2009

Decaf morning news! Whether one turned to Fox & Friends or American Morning, one could hardly be blamed for turning the channel. On F&F, after yesterday’s invigorating show with the mesmerizing Miss California Carrie Prejean and the alluring Alisyn Camerota; Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson presided over a virtual three-hour Ambien experience. On American Morning, seemingly unwilling to take the reins readily as alpha stars Kiran Chetry and John Roberts do, guest co-anchors Alina Cho and Rob Marciano contently laid back and pushed the snooze button.

Ugh! However, tomorrow is another day. Hopefully!

Pinup Kiran

May 27, 2009

“Just one look, that’s all it took! Yeah, just one look that’s it all it took” for American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry to go from pinup to pinned up. After AM’s Aphrodite, apparently, caused yet another co-host to have an errant eye, out came a cloistering clasp.

After Kiran had been on the air with guest host T.J. Holmes for about an hour in her lovely white blouse with a very modest neckline, her top began to open somewhat more. As co-anchor John Roberts did around Thanksgiving time (“Pumpkin Peeking,”),* T.J. could not help but notice: as he turned toward her, for a nanosecond, he seemed to steal a glance. AM’s executive producer Janelle Rodriguez must have noticed, too: after that segment, Kiran could be seen only with the pin primly placed to the dismay of many of her male fans.


Prejean: “We Do Look Good Together”

May 27, 2009

Will blond bombshell Miss California Carrie Prejean join Fox & Friends in the near future? Donald Trump seemed to think it was a capital idea. After his interview with F&F co-hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and guest co-host Carrie Prejean, Trump declared, “Congratulations, Carrie: great job! The three of you look very, very good together!”

In fact, the trio appeared to second his assertion. Carrie eagerly responded, “We do look good together!” Steve nodded his agreement, and Brian concurred, “Absolutely!”

Trump would probably like nothing better than to have his Miss USA California replace a former Miss America (Gretchen Carlson) on Fox & Friends. Of Carrie’s appearance on F&F, Trump stated, “She’s doing well, I can tell you that.” He added, “Roger Ailes is a great genius, and I have a feeling that you’re going to see her a lot on Fox.” The Donald explained, “She’s got the IT factor; you know what the IT factor is; and she’s got it!”

Ringless Ainsley: “His Huge Meat”

May 26, 2009

Ainsley Earhardt returned to Fox & Friends yesterday without a wedding ring but with a wicked sense of humor. And the, apparently, unattached Southern belle directed it at her handsome married co-anchor Dave Briggs. With the aid of weatherwoman Janice Dean and Famous Dave, she toyed with the boy to his discomfit during the barbecue segments.

In a tease to the upcoming barbecue piece, Janice introduced Famous Dave, saying, “[He] came…to mid-town Manhattan to show me some meat, some huge meat.” In her segue to Dave, Ainsley, and Clayton Morris, she remarked, “For the best barbecue Memorial Day that has ever been seen with Famous Dave, we’re coming back in a moment.” Looking at Dave, Ainsley saucily added, “And his huge meat.” In response, Dave merely raised his eyebrows, shook his head, and held his tongue.

Later, in the After the Show Show barbecue segment, Ainsley continued her coquetting. As Famous Dave was displaying the various seasonings, Janice asked, “Is it all about what you rub in the meat?” Both Dave and Ainsley laughed knowingly. When Janice facetiously asked why they did, Dave explained, “Well, you introduced him and said that he brought some huge meat for you.” Janice commented, “This is the After the Show Show where we can have a few little double entendres.” Joining the fun, Famous Dave interjected, “Well, you know, they say Dave packs big meat.” Janice joyfully exclaimed, “Alright, Dave!” Ainsley naughtily queried, “Which Dave?” Smiling, Dave looked down, pursed his lips, pointed to Famous Dave, and tried visibly to maintain his composure.

For Fox & Friends fans, a ringless Ainsley was a rather spicy dish. A memorable Memorial Day!

F&F (05/25/09) – @6:41 p.m.
After the Show Show (05/25/09)

“All About Megyn”: Fox Redux?

May 25, 2009

Carpe Diem told you, Greta, that you better watch out! Now, the New York Times, apparently, is sounding a similar alarm. I.e., your On the Record “understudy” Megyn Kelly may be your Eve.

According to the NYT, Greta van Susteren’s contract with Fox News is completed next year. Although she regularly beats CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, she lags her more opinionated FNC brethren Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and newcomer Glenn Beck. If Greta is not retained, some have speculated that Beck might be moved from his 5:00 p.m. ET slot to Greta’s prime time one: however, three NYT sources privy to the deliberations indicate that Megyn Kelly would be the prime candidate for the position.

Not surprising. As America’s Newsroom co-anchor, Kelly has exhibited a sharp, witty, and saucy side. On the O’Reilly Factor, she has shown her ability to go head-to-head with FNC’s cable king and often best him. Finally, in her guest host appearances she has manifested that she has the personality, presence, and gravitas to successfully to rule the hour.

Tip of the hat, TVNewser.


UPDATE: Gretchen’s non-reponse. Cf.

Thanks for the “heads up,” J$P.

My Name’s Ainsley, Dave!

May 25, 2009

Ironically, on Memorial Day, Fox & Friends co-host Dave Briggs did not remember his “fallen” colleague this morning. As he segued from the Pundit Pit to his F&F co-anchors, he said, “Let’s get out to Clayton [Morris] and Alisyn [Camerota] with a look at what’s coming up on the show. Guys!” Feigning offense, former F&FW co-anchor and today’s F&F guest host Ainsley Earhardt declared, “My name’s Ainsley, Dave!”

Chagrined, Dave replied, “Did I say Alisyn? I apologize.” Ainsley smiled, “That’s alright: that’s okay.” Standing safely behind Ainsley, Clayton sub rosa aptly asked, “How could you forget?” Turning to the camera, a grinning Dave explained, “Old habits.”

Don’t bring those up, Dave! As many F&FW fans remember, those did not fare well for the then callow line-up of Ainsley, Dave, and Clayton. However, together again, the three seemed to have embraced more welcome wonts: They were smarter, sharper, and edgier.

Happy Memorial Day!

Clayton Spits: Domenica Swallows

May 24, 2009

Fox & Friends guest meteorologist Domenica Davis would not be denied this morning. After her al fresco weather segment and before the wine one, Domenica segued, “There is some wine in our future, and I’m gonna have to have some.” And she meant it.

While Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV shared his expertise and gave glasses of various fruits of the vine to co-hosts Clayton Morris, Dave Briggs, and Alisyn Camerota to sample, Domenica cozied up to the table. As Aly inhaled the bouquets of the wines, Dave sneaked some sips, and Clayton took one large gulp but spat it into the taster bucket; Domenica decided not to be so politically correct. Instead, the Italian oenophile eagerly imbibed the potent potations and brazenly swallowed them on air.

Domenica: no shrinking violet. A Latin lust for life!

Ainsley: F&F’s Holiday Aly

May 23, 2009

Good news, Ainsley afficionados! According to a Fox & Friends insider/source, Ainsley Earhardt returns Memorial Day to the curvy couch. Instead of Alisyn Camerota, Ainsley is scheduled to sit twixt her former F&F Weekend co-hosts, Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs on this holiday edition.

As Carpe Diem readers should remember, some have prematurely relegated the South Carolina sweetie to the dustbin of F&F history. However, unlike other former F&F co-anchors, she continues to return to the center seat on both the weekday and weekend versions as a guest host. When she does, the blonde beauty exhibits remarkable grace, humility, and good cheer. Not something that most television personalities might be apt to do.

Welcome back, Ainsley!

Domenica: Mind That Bird

May 23, 2009

Our boys were back in town, and Domenica Davis had their rapt attention! As the Marines (fresh in for Fleet Week) showcased their fighting skills and big guns for the public in Times Square outside the F&F studio this morning, they exhibited an extra dollop of testosterone as the Fox & Friends guest meteorologist put them through their paces. F&FW’s winsome weatherfilly, like Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, had her leatherneck studs heatedly following in her tracks.

In fact, the long-tressed Italian treat, clad in her royal blue, plunging-neckline dress and shod in white foot-flattering thongs, had the eager eye and obedient ear of every red-blooded male Marine there. After our boys had proudly displayed their physical prowess for her in their defensive fighting exhibition, she interviewed them. Not surprisingly, none, apparently, had a wife (or girlfriend) as co-anchor Dave Briggs astutely noted: One gave a shout-out to his mom, another to his aunt, and the last one to his sister. Hmm!

Our fighting boys did not seem to mind that regular meteorologist Rick Reichmuth was vacationing in Hawaii. (For that matter, neither did Domenica.) When it came to Domenica today, the Marines held true to their motto Semper Fi!

For her pre-FNC WBAL-TV vids (including a Preakness one), check the links as follow:

Megyn: “My Naked Body”

May 21, 2009

Maybe, it was the pregnancy hormones, the reverse Coolidge effect, or both! Nevertheless, America’s Newsroom co-host Megyn Kelly was filling frisky Tuesday as Gregg Jarrett filled in for her TV hubby, Bill Hemmer. Banana and “x-ray vision” pieces only stoked her fires.

After reporting an alleged incident involving an under-the-shirt banana used in a robbery attempt, Gregg put his hand under his jacket. Then turning to Megyn he said, “I brought my banana with me….What do you think? Does that look like a [gun]?” Feigning fear, Megyn riquely replied, “Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” Guffawing, Gregg declared, “I knew you were gonna say that.” Laughing, Megyn responded, “I had to!”

Later, introducing a full-body-imaging-airport-scan segment, Megyn asked, “Who cares if you’re getting naked in front of a bunch of strangers just because you want to get on the airplane?” After Megyn finished her report, Gregg quickly queried, “What do you think? What do you think?” Then looking her down and then up again, he pruriently probed, “Would that bother you?” Tantalizingly, Megyn answered, “I don’t care if they see my naked body as long as my face is blurred.”

[Full-body-image scanners purportedly do not see the person going through the checkpoint.]

AN: America’s Naughty.

Salty Steve Regales Roginsky

May 20, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy’s blue humor elicited a rare smile from Pundit Pit guest Julie Roginsky. When Steve thanked the partisan politicos at the conclusion of the segment, he playfully described too often dour Democratic strategist Rodinsky as “a consultant…does all that stuff…and is out on the streets late at night.” Rodinsky riantly responded, “Whoa! That sounds, that sounds a lot worse.” To which, Steve risquely replied, “You’ll have to give us all the details later.”

Fleet Week ’09 did begin today in New York.

CNN Insider: De La Cruz Fundraiser Legit

May 19, 2009

No, it’s not a hoax! According to a well-placed CNN source and former colleague of former CNN correspondent Veronica De La Cruz, her tireless Twitter fundraiser for her fifteen-year-old brother Eric is indeed legit. He/she added, “Her mother is sick too.” (He/she seemed to be reassuring this Twitterer of Veronica’s veracity in view of another Twitterer’s apparent aggressive investigation thereof.)

When the author was alerted to Veronica’s fight for her only sibling’s life, he began following her Tweets and checked her links and “following.” The initial links appeared peripheral to Veronica (e.g., a fan club site with purportedly personal postings) and the following seemed to not include many CNN personalities. Thus, the author became all the more skeptical since he had not seen any coverage of Eric’s struggle on CNN.

Therefore, the author inquired of CNN as to whether Veronica’s fundraiser for Eric was authentic and was assured that it was. However, it seems interesting that her former show, American Morning, has not made more of the personal plight of one of its former correspondents. Perhaps, it will in the not too distant future.


American Morning meteorologist Rob Marciano Tweets his support of Veronica’s fundraising efforts for her brother Eric.

Kilmeade: Chickenhawk or Patriot?

May 19, 2009

Former Minnesota governor/pro wrestler Jesse Ventura tried to give Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade a polemic piledriver this morning. In an interview hawking Ventura’s book, “Don’t Start the Revolution without Me,” Brian queried the libertarian independent as to why he was so down on the Bush administration’s “intensive interrogation” tactics. Animatedly, Ventura replied, “I have been waterboarded: It is torture. I can speak from experience: It was part of…training that I went through as a Navy Seal.” Brian sharply inquired, “And are you okay now?” Jesse answered, “I’m fine. Brian responded, “So is Khalid Sheik Mohammed.”

As the discussion continued, it became more and more spirited. Ventura strongly asserted that waterboarding was illegal and that is why America does not do it to its domestic criminals, like gang members and Timothy McVeigh. Brian acerbically asked, “Do you not want us to be attacked?” Dismissively, Ventura declared, “Don’t come after me with that nonsense.” Later, he patronizingly proposed, “Get waterboarded: then we’ll ask you [whether waterboarding is torture].”

To a smirking Ventura, Brian exclaimed, “I’m not blowing up America….These are the people that cut off Danny Pearl’s head, and you’re worried about their welfare.” Ventura countered, “No…I’m worried about what our country stands for….Where’s it going to end? Where’s it going to end?” Brian curtly replied, “When they’re dead.”

Sarcastically, Ventura asked, “Really?…Have you enlisted or are you just talking?…Go walk the walk: Don’t talk the talk!” Brian asked, “So wait a second. So if I’m not in the military, I can’t pull for America? And I can’t fight for America?” Staring angrily at Brian and rocking in his seat, Ventura disdainfully declared, “You ain’t fighting for us. You ain’t fighting for us.” When co-anchor Gretchen Carlson interjected that it was time for a break, Brian looked at Ventura derisively, shook his head, and muttered, “So if you’re not in the military.”

Gretchen later Tweeted, “Must see tv.” Indeed.

Cf. 05/19/09 After the Show Show vid:

GM: Gretch Motors Survives

May 19, 2009

For now the (Gretchen) Carlson family General Motors dealership in Anouk, Minnesota, started in 1919, was spared the feared franchise termination letter. Heralding the good news in a Fox and Friends on-set interview were Gretchen’s parents who were in town to celebrate the sixth birthday of their grandchild Kaia, Gretch and Casey Close’s daughter. However, tempering the elation, Gretch said, “Well, you skirted the first round”: Her mom agreed, “And now we’ll see. Now we’ll see.”

Congrats, Gretch and fam!

*After the Show Show: 05/18

Prejean Promises: Sweet Nothings?

May 18, 2009

Was Miss California Carrie Prejean just whispering sweet nothings in the ear of Roger Ailes? Did her purported promises mean nothing? I.e., is she going to be a no-show guest host on Fox & Friends next Wednesday?

In Washington Whispers (U.S. News & World Report), Paul Bedard had stated that she had finalized a deal with F&F to fill in for co-host Gretchen Carlson on May 27.* Nevertheless, today TVNewser indicated Fox insiders said that the Miss USA runner-up’s people had cancelled her appearance in an e-mail Friday but that subsequent negotiations continued throughout the weekend: However, it added that a FNC spokesperson had confirmed that Prejean would “absolutely still [be] hosting.”**

Carrie may well stand up CNN’s Larry King for his show the night after her 22nd birthday with impunity.*** However, she will not be able to stiff her stalwart FNC supporters in such a fashion. After standing by their favorite pinup and her pageant patron Donald Trump, they will not be amused nor very understanding if their loyalty is not returned.–friends-gives-carrie-prejean-her-chance.html



Dancing Queen: Janice Dean

May 17, 2009

Today Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota, “Baby Got Back” dancing queen, threw her tiara to Janice Dean, the “Weather Machine.” After the author bemoaned Aly’s unexpected refusal yesterday to bust a full-body Thriller move at meteorologist Rick Reichmuth’s request, happily, F&F did another Burger King/Spongebob “I Like Square Butts” ad segment.* However, this time Aly and her co-anchor Dave Briggs remained sitting on the curvy couch while moving to the music and Clayton just sat there with eyes impishly askance.

Nevertheless, when the trio segued to the maternal meteorologist on the sidewalk outside the studio, she began to gyrate sans music while doing some of her signature steps. After she gave her weather report, she again jauntily jigged without an air and laughed, “Where’s the music?” When the producers finally piped out Sir Mix-A-Lot’s tune, Janice really started shaking her groove thing a la her ante-mom days.

Janice Dean: Baby Got Back!

*F&FW (05/17/09) – @8:39 a.m. ET