Posts Tagged ‘Richard Roth’

AM Disses Queen Royally

July 6, 2010

CNN co-host John Roberts: “So inappropriate! I’m sorry!…Won’t happen again.” As Queen Elizabeth II returns to New York City for the first time in almost 35 years, CNN’s morning news show, American Morning, gave her the regal middle-finger salute. The rude welcome came from both CNN’s senior United Nations correspondent Richard Roth and AM producers.

During an otherwise respectful AM segment entitled, “The British Are Coming! with co-hosts John Roberts and Kiran Chetry and British CNNI anchor Richard Quest, Roth started the royal slams after his report.  When the discussion turned to the Queen’s first scheduled address to the United Nations since 1957, Quest questioned, “Why now, why do [sic] the U.N. want her now?”* Less than respectfully, Roth retorted, “Look, who wanted who here?…They’ll take whoever they can get there. I mean, because the image of the place…has suffered over the years.”

Canadian-born Roberts was not amused. Taking umbrage at Roth’s comment, the Canadian/American riposted, “Speaking as a person who bridges both worlds, having grown up in a Commonwealth country, “I think we [Roberts and Brit Quest] ought to lay down the gauntlet here to Richard.” Undaunted, Roth retorted, “No. I mean it’s an impressive visit but why doesn’t she come in September during the General Assembly when more Presidents and Prime Ministers [are there]?”

Later, in the program’s final segment “Royally Psyched,” the producers themselves gave the Queen a bumptious Bronx cheer with a blast from the Sex Pistol’s notorious anti-Queen screed (mockingly named, “God Save the Queen).”** As the camera panned to the co-hosts and Roth, Roberts hid his head in his hand. Looking at Roberts, Chetry naively queried, “What are you laughing at?” Shaking his head and putting his hand over his mouth, Roberts exclaimed, “Oh, cause that was just so inappropriate! I’m sorry! I apologize for that!”

Still oblivious, Chetry asked, “Aren’t they a U.K. band?” Without responding, a chagrined Roberts turned away from Chetry, shook his head, tapped the desk repeated;u, and incredulously exclaimed, “Oh, gosh!” To make matters worse, after Roberts then introduced Roth’s report, Chetry cluelessly commented, “And, they sang that song the last time.” Without a word, Roberts rolled his eyes and sighed loudly.

Meanwhile, someone apparently put out THE word to Roth, Roberts, and Chetry. After Roth’s story ran this time, a rather repentant Roth immediately remarked, “And, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations is glad the Queen is coming, hoping it will help the delegates press on with some of their big needs in the coming years.” When the segment had concluded, Roberts somberly addressed the audience, saying, “And, again sincere apologies about the Sex Pistols. We discussed that situation. Won’t happen again.” As he did, Chetry meekly looked down at the desk and rearranged her papers without a peep.

After American Morning today, Jonathan Klein may be really singing, “God Save CNN.”

*American Morning – 07/05/10 (@7:42 a.m. ET)

*American Morning – 07/o5/10 (@8:55 a.m. ET)

Kiran: Me So Horny

June 17, 2010

Kiran: from Nepal’s “ray of light” to U.S.’s way of delight? American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry heated things up this morning with her horn blowing. In fact, after her lusty rendition, FIFA may never ban South Africa’s celebrated vuvuzela from the World Cup (regardless of how crazy the plastic “mad-hornet” trumpets drive the uninitiated ear).

In an AM report on FIFA’s decision not to prohibit the vuvuzela from the Johannesburg World Cup, CNN correspondent Richard Roth ineptly tried to master the “art” of blowing the cacophonous instrument. When his story had run, an in-studio Richard handed the vuvuzela to Kiran and remarked, “If you’d like to try, Kiran.”* After asking for some hand sanitizer first from Roth and not getting any, Kiran bravely replied, “Alright, they’re yelling in my ear, ‘Blow on it. If I get sick!”

After Kiran gamely blew the vuvuzela, Roth declared, “That is very good for the first time because one of the women at the restaurant said she had to take lessons and you could say I was pretty weak.” In response, Kiran exclaimed, “Lessons?!” Then, she suddenly seized the horn anew and zestfully blew a playful rift.” Grinning goatishly at Kiran, Roth queried, “Why are you so good at that?”

As the floor crew erupted in laughter and her co-host Drew Griffin beamed broadly, Kiran ignored Roth’s racy question, laid her trumpet on the desk, and glanced at Drew. As Drew chuckled and avoided her gaze, Kiran rolled her eyes and hid the trumpet behind her chair. Feigning offense, Kiran “icily” commented, “Always a pleasure to have Richard Roth with us. Thank you, Richard.”

CNN/US prez Jonathan Klein is right. Kiran definitely “light[s] up the screen” and “brings a delight” to American Morning and to its audience. Kiran, you lived up to your name today!

American Morning – 06/17/10 @7:57 a.m. ET)

AM Employees Worried?

May 12, 2010

After recent rumblings about changes afoot at American Morning, are employees concerned about their jobs? The “third longest-serving CNN employee,” Richard Roth, seemed to suggest so today. Each time his twice-aired AM report (on a sandwhich-board-wearing man who finally got a job) ran, Roth joked about possibly needing to use the man’s methods in the future.

When his segment first ran, Roth discussed the newly employed man’s story with AM co-host Kiran Chetry and guest co-anchor Drew Griffin. As he concluded his comments, he deadpanned, “I may have to try some of his tricks. I don’t know.”* Kiran replied, “You have a major job here for now, at least. And, you have for the last thirty years.” Roth responded, “Yeah. Some would say I’m pulling a rabbit out of a hat every morning here, too.” Chuckling, Kiran answered, “Well, we love having you. We’ll see you back here, soon, I hope. Smiling, Roth responded, “Let’s hope.”

Later, after Roth’s tale aired a second time, co-anchor Griffen commented on the “transformation” of the sign-carrying-man from pathetic to positive. Roth explained, “That’s what his job coach stressed. And, I think it’s good for everyone to try to keep up, keep a different look. Happy. You want to look optimistic even if you’re crying inside. I mean I come to work everyday with that attitude.”**

Guffawing, Kiran replied, “And you’ve done it successfully for years and years.” Chiming in, Griffin commented, “And so far without the board.” Smiling and raising his eyebrows, Roth remarked, “I might need that coach [inaudible].” Then, somewhat ominously, he added, “We all may need that coach one day.” Nodding her head, Kiran responded, “You’re not kidding.”

*American Morning – 05/12/10 (@6:30 a.m. ET)

**American Morning – 05/12/10 (@8:57 a.m. ET)

Kyra’s “Magic Brownies”

June 3, 2008

In a segment on CNN’s American Morning about the Woodstock Museum, co-host Kyra Phillips asked correspondent Richard Roth about his Groovy Candies, a prop purchased from the gift shop. She queried him as to whether he had “experimented with that yet.” She joked, “Might be those special little brownies we used to get also in junior high and high school.” Roth rejoined, “I don’t think that we want to know too much about your tastes outside of work, Kyra.” She responded, “I’m not talking about me.”

At the end of the story, co-host John Roberts ribbed, “Magic brownies in junior high? What school did you go to?” Kyra replied, “I just heard about, you know, I heard about special brownies, that’s all: it’s a rumor.”

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