Posts Tagged ‘TMZ’

F&F Fam Fun: “Sis” Lis Turns 1!

September 17, 2014

Has her bro Brian’s back. Sorry! Yesterday, Fox & Friends co-anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck celebrated her first year anniversary on the cable news morning show juggernaut. The new queen of the curvy couch was feted by F&F producers with their fun take-off [vid] of MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” vid and a even wetter redux of her fun physical hijinks initiation into the family [vid].*

As a proud new member of the family, Elisabeth had her co-host and “brother” Brian Kilmeade‘s back. In an interview with Joel Keller of Parade, she was asked, “When you talk for three hours a day, you may end up saying stuff that people might turn their eyebrows up at: this happened to Brian the other day with the Ray Rice elevator video, when he joked that the lesson is to take the stairs.” Instead of addressing Brian’s inane, insensitive jest directly, Elisabeth answered, “I was not there that day. I can say that Brian Kilmeade and [their fellow co-anchor] Steve Doocy are two of the most honorable men that I know….[T]hose two men are credible husbands, extraordinary fathers, and they are two of the greatest friends that I have been able to make.”

Sounding like Brian’s bumptious non-apology apology for his callous callow joke, Elisabeth continued, “I don’t want to get off track or distracted. I think it’s quite easy to do that in with Ray Rice, but to be very clear, the most offensive thing about anything that’s going on with Ray Rice is what occurred in that elevator [TMZ vid]]. Bottom line.”

Bottom line, Elizabeth, is that you are right as to “what occurred in that elevator” is “the most offensive thing about anything that’s going on with Ray Rice”: But, that does not excuse NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his absurd initial two-week suspension of Rice for his apparent assault and battery of his then fiancee nor Brian for his callous quip re Rice’s fiancee.

As to F&F re Rice, unfortunately, Elton John was right: “Sorry seems to be the hardest word.”

[Author’s aside: Elisabeth often likens Brian and Steve to brothers: In fact, as the show opened yesterday memorial Lis’ first year, she cooed, “You guys treat me like a sister.”]

*Fox & Friends (redux) – 09/16/14 (@ 8:52 a.m. ET).

Kilmeade & Doocy Fails: Ravens’ Rice Jests

September 8, 2014

Anna Kooiman: “This is so shocking!” Today, Fox & Friends co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy both committed major fails this morning in ill-conceived jests as to domestic abuse. After a segment on now erstwhile Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice‘s apparent elevator assault on his then fiancee (vid via TMZ), Brian joked, “I think the message is [to] ‘take the stairs.'”* As Anna chuckled uncomfortably, Steve rejoined, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

Today, normally surefooted Brian and Steve weighed into an area where any angel should fear to tread, i.e., domestic abuse and a cheap laugh. Obviously, assaulting a female is no joke and never should be treated as such. Unfortunately, Brian tried to add some levity after the horrific video and it fell fatefully flat: To make matters worse, Steve weighed in and was mired in the process.

For this longtime viewer of the show (dating back to when whilom F&F co-host E. D. Hill was E. D. Donahey), the aforementioned moment was definitely cringe-inducing. Even though the author assuredly does not believe that either Brian or Steve think that domestic abuse is a laughing matter, they should have known better this morning than to not let their condemnation of it be patently obvious and severe. Unfortunately, in the author’s view, Brian did not help matters by giving NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell virtual absolution for his bone-headed decision to give Ray Rice only a two-game suspension for his alleged assault–by commenting that Goodell had owned up to his “huge mistake” and had increased future penalties for domestic abuse to a six-game suspension for the first offense and a life-time ban for a second offense: Perchance, if Brian were not the FNC sports guy and former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner were not Goodell’s wife, Brian might have been less charitable in his assessment.

Happily, according to the Washington Post, “Fox & Friends will address [the] Ray Rice ‘stairs’ comments on Tuesday’s show.” And they should–because it is the right thing to do. And, for the cynical, if they do not, Fox News critics will use Brian and Steve’s ill-advised remarks to slam them and their network mercilessly henceforth.

[Author’s aside: Re the subtitle, it is guest co-host Anna Kooiman‘s assessment of the alleged assault before Brian and Steve’s errant extemporaneous utterances.]

*Fox & Friends – 09/08/14 (@ 8:32 a.m. ET).

Racy Romans: Nude Prince Harry “Plays Hard”

August 22, 2012

“‘Wow! He gets all the fun.'” Starting her Early Start morning with a royal blush, guest co-host Christine Romans giggled with glee as she ogled England bad-lad Prince Harry’s bod in one of his nude rude Sin City pics. As ES began, co-anchor John Berman teased the salacious story of Harry’s private Las Vegas strip billards game and producers aired an accompanying pic of bare Harry hiding his privates with an unclad female friend secreting herself behind him. Blushing, Christine tittered, “Well, good morning! Wake up! Welcome to Early Start!”

Ten minutes later, Christine read the headlines story that Prince Harry’s naked photos had been authenticated by Clarence House, (Prince’s Harry official press office): As she did, ES ran the pic of Harry and his gal pal both au naturel for almost 30 seconds. When Christine had finished, John jested, “It must be a great morning in Buckingham Palace today.” Sounding almost envious of the regal roue rather than sympathetic to his chagrined royal family, Christine chuckled, “Do you think his brother’s like ‘Wow! He gets all the fun'”?

As a dubious John laughed, Christine eagerly explicated, “He’s in the military, right?…He’s going back to work.” Then, with a sly, suggestive smile, she racily concluded, “And he plays hard in between.”

CNN today: Christine’s Naughty Network. “Wake up!” With a smile.

Kiran: Sexy Coed Fun?

March 1, 2010

“Far less PC”: Chetry’s joie de vivre contagious. During American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry’s “cat walk” headline news segment today, she read a story on certain colleges trying to curb student (under 21) binge drinking by tattling to their coeds’ parents. As Kiran returned to the desk, guest co-anchor Christine Romans began the rote repetition of the dire consequences of such reckless actions by students. When she had finally finished, Kiran ducked her head, smiled impishly, and remarked, “I was going to say something far less PC–which is, my parents would have gotten [sic] so much mail.”*

Christine chuckled, “I take the clinical [route] and Kiran’s like ‘Whew!'” Riantly, Kiran replied, “Well. It’s great to have already gone through all of that before the age of cell phones and texting and photos, right? Facebook. We had some privacy as young kids. Right?” Sounding somewhat uncertain, Christine answered, “Yes, we did. I think we did.”

Subsequently, tossing to AM’s meteorologist, Christine haltingly commented, “It’s time for a check of the quick heather, weather, heather weadlines with. As Christine struggled to segue, Kiran guffawed and interposed, “Now I really messed her up.” After she had composed herself, Christine continued, “Yeah. Uh, Jacqui Jeras is in the Extreme Weather Center. Good morning, Jacqui! We’ll not talk about anything that happened at Iowa State, shall we!”

Quickly cluing in the AM audience, Kiran interjected, “Hey, you two [Jacqui and Christine] went to college together.” Laughing, Jacqui responded, “This is why Christine is flustered because she knows I have stories.” Then she added, “I’m going to have to agree with you [Kiran]….Thank goodness, no cell phones or Facebook at that time.”

Just what AM EP Jamie Kraft needs to inject into AM. Less elitist hauteur and affected gravitas and more Everyman humility and a propos levity. A very good start, Kiran!

[As an aside to Carpe Diem’s red-blooded AM viewers, these CNN beauties have their collegiate anonymity now. However, do not fully despair: Christine’s “fears” may yet be realized. Who knows? Perhaps, TMZ’s Harvey Levin will come to your rescue. Or, maybe, Gawker will (as AM’s weatherstud Rob Marciano once discovered).

*American Morning – 03/01/10 (@6:48 a.m. ET)

Anderson Cooper Unzipped?

November 5, 2009

CNN has done it again: From Paula Zahn’s infamous “zipper” promo to Anderson Cooper’s supposedly “undone zipper.”* Seven years ago, CNN promoted its new Zahn show, American Morning, with an ad in which a male announcer randily remarked, “”Where can you find a morning news anchor who’s provocative, super-smart, oh yeah, and just a little sexy?” As the word “sexy” was emblazoned on the screen, the seeming sound of a zipper being unzipped was heard. Controversy ensued and the ad was pulled after being aired only about a dozen times.

Last night CNN had another phallic moment. This time it was over another blond beauty, Carrie Prejean, the former Miss USA California. Before the segment in question, Cooper teased, “Carrie Prejean caught on tape. Oh, Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. She’s dropped her lawsuit against pageant officials about…her augmentation surgery but only after they dropped a bombshell. We’ll tell you what changed the game.”

Then when AC360 returned, correspondent Erica Hill cattily reported, “The one-time Miss California USA Carrie Prejean…apparently…doesn’t have to worry about paying for her $5200 boob job because Miss USA pageant officials have dropped their lawsuit…She has dropped her lawsuit against the pageant, too. Why?” Feigning incredulity, Cooper queried, “Why?”

Hill answered, “Well, the deal is confidential, Anderson, but a source close to the settlement tells CNN the agreement happened after a sex tape featuring Prejean surfaced.” Cooper playfully exclaimed, “What!” Hill animatedly replied, “Yeah! Yeah! According to TMZ, she’s alone on it.” As Cooper deadpanned, “Really?,” the apparent sound of a salient priapic response (a suddenly released spring) was heard. Raising his eyes, Cooper smiled, shook his head, and said, “Please!”

Anderson Cooper 360 (11/04/09) – @10:57 p.m ET

O’Reilly: Jessica Alba Witch?

January 22, 2009

Bill O’Reilly, apparently, is still smarting from Jessica Alba’s acerbic appellation for him, i.e., “ah***.” In his tease to tonight’s O’Reilly Factor’s “Pinheads and Patriots” segment, he seemingly said, “Starring Ellen [Degeneres] and Jessica Alba who is witch or which is what or something like that.” [Clever word play.] In the following block itself, after calling Ellen a “patriot” and mentioning Alba’s disparaging remark, O’Reilly aired a TMZ video of Alba confusing Sweden with Switzerland when she asked a reporter to be similarly neutral about Obama. O’Reilly then mocked Alba and called her a possible pinhead.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/fnc/jessica_alba_thinks_bill_oreilly_is_an_ahole_106491.asp