Aly: Where’s Roger, Fox?

You’re So Vain: I thought this Carly Simon story was about you. FNC’s Jessica Rabbit, er, Alisyn Camerota, Fox & Friends Weekend’s co-anchor, must have been wondering where her Roger (Friedman) was today as she read to her audience a debunked tale of whom Simon supposedly was serenading in her signature song, “You’re So Vain.”

Unfortunately, the F&FW producers appeared not to have vetted the account in boss Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. Sun. In that report, Simon was supposedly not singing about a former flame such as Cat Stevens, Mick Jagger, or Warren Beatty but rather her erstwhile gay Elektra record producer David Geffen because she felt that he was promoting rival Joni Mitchell more than her. However, FNC’s fired columnist Roger Friedman pointed out in his Hollywood Reporter article that Geffen was not yet her producer when she recorded “You’re So Vain.”

After the story aired, the author apprised F&FW of the discrepancy. Happily, the producers did not run it again. Regrettably, they did not correct the record either.

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4 Responses to “Aly: Where’s Roger, Fox?”

  1. hgb3 Says:

    It is most widely assumed that Warren Beatty is the subject of Carly Simon’s hit song.

    He was always where he was supposed to be, and when he wasn’t, he was either with an underworld spy….or with the wife of a close friend. His horse at Saratoga won….. and he saw the eclipse up in Nova Scotia…. and……

  2. U-2 Says:

    OMG! You mean to say that a cable news channel accually presented a story before checking the FACTS!!!????

    Walter Concrite would be ashamed!!!!

  3. DB Cooper Says:

    In August 2003, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports and a friend of Simon, was the highest bidder for a Martha’s Vineyard Possible Dreams charity auction offering in which the prize was the revelation of the person that “You’re So Vain” was about. After making the winning bid of $50,000, Ebersol was given a private performance of the song at Simon’s home and Simon whispered the subject into his ear. A condition of the prize was that Ebersol would not reveal the person to anyone. Ebersol said that Simon allowed him to divulge a clue about the person’s name: “Carly told me that I could offer up to the entire world, a clue as to what she’ll tell me when we have this night in about two weeks. And the clue is: The letter ‘E’ is in the person’s name.”
    In 2004, Simon told Regis Philbin, “If I tell it, it’s going to come out in dribs and drabs. And I’ve given out two letters already, an ‘A’ and an ‘E.’ But I’m going to add one to it. I’m going to add an ‘R,’ in honor of you.”

    Several days after the identity of Watergate-era press source Deep Throat was revealed during the summer of 2005, Simon joked to USA Today that the song was about Mark Felt, who revealed himself as the legendary Watergate source.

    On November 4th, 2009, while being interviewed on WNPR’s Soundcheck, Simon revealed that she had hidden the name of the subject in a certain version of the song. The next day, the programme’s crew revealed the name concealed in a back-played whisper: David. Assuming all of the clues to-date are true, this would not be David Bowie (no R); however, Bowie’s real name is David Robert Jones, which would make this a possibility.

    On June 19, 2008, Howard Stern claimed Simon privately revealed who the song was written about to him after her interview on his popular radio show heard on Sirius Satellite Radio. Stern commented, “There is an odd aspect to it … he’s not that vain.” On March 17 2009, Stern, recalling that Simon had told him who the song was written about, claimed that Simon said it was a “composite of three people”.

  4. rina Says:

    Bollocks.

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