“He seemed so grateful, guys!…Speaking of rude.” Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Dave Briggs perfectly and facetiously encapsulated Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfuss’ apparent utter disdain for F&FW and its co-hosts this morning. From the start when Dreyfuss barely offered co-host Alisyn Camerota a condescending “hiya” to the very end when he deigned not even bid her adieu, the interview was an amusing tango between the proud “I-am-not-a-liberal” guest and the “fair-and-balanced” F&FW co-hosts.
Before the colloquy commenced, Aly glowingly introduced the “Academy-award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss” to her audience, cheerfully greeting him, saying, “Good morning, Richard!”* With an almost dismissive wave, an unsmiling Dreyfuss tersely replied, “Hiya.” After Aly then asked him what had happened to civics classes and why they had gone away, Dreyfuss pointedly retorted, “Well, if civics is the comprehension and maintenance of this republic and democracy, then what’s happened to it are these shows which are three minutes in length and you can’t get anything said.”
Quickly, coming to the defense of F&FW, Clayton riposted, “This is capitalism, right? And, we, we put on a show every morning where we invite different viewpoints in here to have a civil discourse on Fox & Friends. You’d be hard pressed to find another show that allows different viewpoints to be able to share their thoughts about American society.” Conceding, Dreyfuss answered, “That’s true” but insisted that another approach would be gainful “monetarily” and “in cultural gratitude” (for the “advertising company or agency that breaks away from the herd and does it differently”).
Subsequently, as the interview neared an end (and Dreyfuss had further explained the virtues of his initiative to Clayton and Aly), Clayton touted Sri Chinmoy’s America the Beautiful: Reflections on Her Past, Present and Future audio book read by Dreyfuss. Then, Aly dutifully advertised Dreyfuss’ website, TheDreyfussInitiative.org and promised to put the address on her blog. After she did, she sweetly said, “Richard Dreyfuss, thanks so much for coming in to talk about all of this,” and Clayton echoed, “Thanks, Richard.” In response, a haughty Dreyfuss arched his eyebrows and smirked.
Then, when the camera shifted to F&FW co-anchor Dave Briggs (to read the previews for the next block), he clapped his hands animatedly together and heartily laughed. To his co-hosts, he chuckled, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! He seemed so grateful, guys!” Segueing to the promos, he sharply sniped, “Speaking of rude–what’s the rudest city in America?”
Fox & Friends Weekend – 01/22/11 (@ 6:21 a.m. ET)