Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Dave Briggs returned to guest co-anchor F&F today. Instead of assuming his role as F&FW beta male, Dave decided to somewhat good-naturedly vie with fellow sports guy and F&F second dog Brian Kilmeade for the dominant position. While Brian did not directly respond, FNC contributor Karl Rove did call Dave on it.
In the first hour, after a story on Cowboy, an untrained border collie, that could “dunk” the basketball in a toy goal, Dave said, “I’ll do something that short Brian could never do, slam dunk.” Brian answered, “That’s absolutely true. Can you, Dave?” Dave replied, “You just put me to the test. Only a tennis ball, not a basketball.”
In the seven o’clock hour, during a segment on Colorado vanity plate censorship, both Dave and Brian vied in a contest with co-host Gretchen Carlson as emcee to choose the censored plate (two choices/round). When opting between “S8N” and “SATAN,” Dave picked the former “[be]cause that a little cryptic: when, he got the buzzer, he agitatedly asserted,”That doesn’t make any sense because it spells out the word, and the other one Brian can’t even figure out.” As the floor crew erupted in laughter, Gretchen turned to a silent, smiling Brian glancing down at his paper and proclaimed, “You can deck him!” Brian merely monotoned, “No problem.” Touching Gretchen on her shoulder, Dave declared, “It’s a good thing you’re between us.”
In the final hour, during his A Block interview with the co-hosts, Rove took Dave to task. On Brian’s behalf, before answering one of Dave’s queries, Rove riposted, “You said ugly things about my man Kilmeade’s basketball skills. You’re a guest on this program: Don’t be dissing, Kilmeade.” As Brian mouthed, “Wow,” Gretchen exclaimed, “Speaking of slapdowns, that’s a real slapdown.” Rove continued, “You’re starting to look like Clayton [Morris] on Saturdays and Sundays, how he operates. Be yourself, man: treat Kilmeade with respect.”
Finally, in the last hour B Block Rove interview (Part II), introducing his question, Dave said, “And before he [Rove] decided to defend little Brian over here, we talked about a poll.” Hearing that, Gretchen looked at Brian and dropped her jaw: then she gritted her teeth and stared straight ahead. Trying to ignore Dave again, Brian seemingly simply said, “Let’s take another look at the poll.” Before answering Dave, Rove slightly smiled and merely shook his head. When the segment ended, Rove asserted, “And, look, Brian, if you need help with snarky Dave, just let me know any time today or tomorrow, I’m there for you.”
Most, if not all, of the exchanges seemed to be said in humor. However, there appeared to be more than a kernel of truth hidden sub terra. Brian didn’t bark today: But, will he bite tomorrow?