Posts Tagged ‘Jason Carroll’

Carol Costello: “Jetpack-Wearing Monkey”

November 24, 2011

Jason Carroll: “Was that an insult?” American Morning co-host Carol Costello appeared to be the Thanksgiving turkey this morning in her strange first segue to CNN correspondent Jason Carroll this morning.* When Carol introduced the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade report of Jason, an African American, she remarked, “There will be some new faces floating above the city like a jetpack-wearing monkey. Our Jason–it’s not Jason Carroll.” Making her toss to Jason  even more awkward, Carol continued, “Although I’d like to see you [Jason] wearing a jetpack and flying above the crowds. I bet  you would, too!”

Arching his eyebrows in incredulity at Carol’s comment, Jason laughed uncomfortably. Then he asked, “You know, I, I–was that an insult that I heard a little earlier?” Chagrined, a chuckling Carol exclaimed, “No!” Seemingly, uncertain of Carol’s candidness, Jason replied, “I, I’m going to have to replay the tape to make sure.”

Turkey or not, Carol may well have had to eat some crow today for her Thanksgiving dinner.

[Author’s aside: Apparently, Carol was alluding to one of Macy’s new floats, Julius the Monkey.]

American Morning – 11/24/11 (@ 6:35 a.m. ET)

Kiran Laughs: Cries, “Lies,” & Videotape?

September 29, 2010

Kiran: “It’s a long story.” An untold one. Today after “A Soldier’s Story” report by Jason Carroll that had featured a G.I. reading a touching letter from his wife, American Morning Kiran Chetry teared up and strangely laughed.* As Kiran looked at Jason, then at co-anchor John Roberts, and back at Jason, she wiped her eyes, tittered dissonantly, and said, “Sorry.” Leaning in toward Kiran and grabbing her hand, Jason tenderly asked, “Are you okay?”

“Yes,” Kiran replied quickly. Subsequently, raising her hand, she muttered something else rendered inaudible by her continued laughter. Trying to regain her composure, Kiran looked down at her desk and covered her eyes. Then looking up at the viewer, Kiran stammered, “It’s a long story. Sorry. We’ll explain when we come [back].” Still giggling, she closed her eyes and put her hand to her mouth.

As John waited for Kiran to finish, he looked down and bit his lip. When Kiran concluded, John remarked, “Yeah. Okay.” Then, placing his hand on her shoulder, John queried, “You alright? Are you?” As John then began to read the segment out and Kiran began to well up anew, a then off-camera Jason whispered, “It’s okay.” As the block was ending, John echoed, “It’s gonna be okay.” Apparently, trying to exhibit control of her emotions anew, an off-camera Kiran exclaimed, “We’ll be right back.” Once again, John comforted Kiran, saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

When Kiran and John returned after commercial break for the final segment of the show, a dry-eyed Kiran appeared.** Perchance, conveniently forgetting her promise to her audience to explain her laughing and giggling when we come [back],” Kiran asked John about the playlist song by Rush. As they then discussed Rush’s Atlanta concert tonight and John’s possible participation in it, perhaps, they hoped that the viewers had also forgotten Kiran’s promise to explain the long story.

*American Morning – 09/29/10 (@8:55 a.m. ET)

**American Morning – 09/29/10 (@8:59 a.m. ET)

Update: To her Twitter followers who did not forget, Kiran Tweeted an explanation. To a supportive one, she simply wrote, “@LoniLove just got a little choked up.” Later, to a more critical one (and @LonieLove again), she elaborated, “@Singleintheciti @LoniLove just got a little choked up and teary during Jason’s story. then felt a little silly.” And that’s the rest of the story, Kiran’s “long story”?

Update 2: This article has been republished as “CNN’s Kiran Chetry Laughs, Cries, Or Both At Soldier’s Story at (which has included the video there).

The Notorious J.F.C.

June 30, 2010

“That was pretty good.” This morning American Morning contributor Jason Carroll got caught rocking it out to the rap of the Notorious B.I.G before his segment. As AM returned from commercial break to the tune of  “Mo Money: Mo Problems,” the audience heard the sounds of human oral percussion.* With his back to the camera, there sat Jason, apparently, the mouth of music, moving animatedly to the beat. When co-hosts Kiran Chetry and John Roberts caught sight of the cam, Kiran suddenly stopped her more subtle swaying but John just continued reservedly rocking his head.

As the cameraperson zoomed in on Kiran and John, Jason whispered, “That was pretty good.” Grinning broadly, Kiran turned to him and remarked, “We did catch you there, Jason!” Chuckling, John interjected, “Jason approves.”

Subsequently, after Kiran previewed Jason’s report about a Detroit teenager, John jested, “Her story is the latest in our ongoing series, Building Up America. And, our Dancing with the Stars contestant, Jason Carroll, here with that this morning.” Grabbing his coat lapels, Jason sheepishly replied, “You caught me [inaudible], too!”

Too bad, the AM audience does not share more such “off-camera” moments. With Americans waking up each day to two prolonged wars, economic distress, and ecological disaster, they could use a little levity on occasion. Hopefully, AM executive producer Jamie Kraft is listening.

*American Morning – 06/30/10 (@8:55 a.m. ET)

Kiran: “Looking Down My Shirt”

September 21, 2009

This time it was American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry who was “pumpkin peeking”–at her own. In the past, AM co-anchor John Roberts and co-anchor temp T.J. Holmes have been caught stealing a similar glance.

Today not only was Kiran momentarily distracted but also she had CNN correspondent Jason Carroll somewhat flustered. As Jason gave his political report on the NY governor, Jason stopped mid-sentence, smiled at Kiran, and asked, “What are doing?” She said nothing. As he began to conclude his story, Jason seemed to inadvertently point his pen at Kiran’s chest: Kiran looked down and then at John who kept his eyes studiously riveted on Jason.

When Jason had finished his segment, Kiran pointed at her bosom repeatedly and answered, “I was actually, I was looking down my shirt because I thought my microphone  fell off.” Jason replied, “Yeah, I was wondering what was going on there. Glad you cleared that up for us!” Turning toward John who was grinning and looking away, Kiran exclaimed, “Sorry, he asked me, ‘What are you doing?'”

Perhaps, remembering last October and less than two weeks ago, John jested, “At least, it wasn’t one of us!” Chuckling, Jason answered, “Yeah!” To which, Kiran heartily guffawed.

Ironically, had her mike fallen earlier, Kiran would not have had to search as hard. Earlier in the show, Kiran had a more daring decolletage. However, apparently, some priggish producer found fault. Thereafter, Kiran went from pinup to pinned up.

Smoking John Roberts! Not!

September 15, 2009

The latest bad boy? Shortly after an American Morning segment today entitled, “So Much Misbehavin’,” the seemingly irritated AM co-anchor whacked his CNN colleague Jason Carroll with his rolled up papers.* Ironically, in a show bemoaning the lack of civility based on the recent behavior of Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-R), Selena Williams, and Kanye West, John swatted Jason after he questioned whether John was indeed an ex-smoker.

In an earlier segment on the proposed Central Park smoking ban, John had seemed to indicate his support for it. He had commented, “You know, you walk down the streets in New York…and somebody half a block ahead of you is smoking, it just permeates the environment.” In Jason’s second story on the ban, co-host Kiran Chetry said, “You’re talking to two ex-smokers. And, when you’re an ex-smoker.” Interrupting her, Jason pointed to John and incredulously said, “Ex-smokers? I thought you knew.”

Looking at John and then at Jason, Kiran insisted, “We’re exes.” Immediately, as if Jason were an impertinent child, John rolled up his papers and punished him with a pop to the top of his head. Thereafter, a surprised Kiran laughed as if she were not quite sure how to respond. Jason, trying to be a good sport, did as well.

At the end of the segment when the film footage had run, John, mimicking Wilson, Selena, and Kanye, apologized. Addressing Jason, he said, “Sorry, I shouldn’t have whacked you with the paper.” As an apt aside to the audience, Jason rejoined, “Maybe, he should take up smoking again.” Kiran chuckled, “Maybe, it would calm him down.” John jested, “You know what they say: there’s nothing worse than a reformed smoker.”

Maybe. Perhaps, a reformed smoker that’s still sneaking a few?

*American Morning (09/15/09) – @8:55 a.m. ET