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Aly Abandons F&FW?

September 26, 2013

“I’ve got to go with Bill. I’m sorry.” Sorry, Alisyn Camerota fans: your fave gal has taken flight after three unforgettable stints as a fab Fox & Friends Weekend co-host. F&FW co-host Alisyn Camerota will leave F&FW to host America’s News HQ on the weekdays with Bill Hemmer at 1 p.m. ET according to TV Newser. The move should come as little surprise to long-time followers of F&FW who watched Aly leave her F&FW hubbies Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs for five full months in 2011 (during Megyn Kelly‘s “maternity shuffle” and a month more) to cavort shamelessly with America’s Newroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer and other FNC co-anchor rakes.

All levity aside, Aly has more than paid her dues on Fox & Friends Weekend (and other F&F iterations). In fact, in the author’s opinion, she assuredly merited a permanent seat on the curvy couch with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the weekday Fox & Friends. But, unfortunately, she lost out to Shine’s choice Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Not bad–but she’s no Aly!

Thanks for the memories, Aly! First, you and Kiran Chetry made F&FW must-see TV in your first stint at F&FW. Second, you came to the rescue when newbies Clayton and Dave desperately needed someone to steer their ship on a more certain course. And, third, you gallantly returned to the helm when you reluctantly realized that your F&FW wannabe replacements could not quite measure up.

Good luck, Aly! But, you’ll be missed–sorely!

Penguin Poops: HuffPo Oops!

August 28, 2011

Carpe Diem: scanned but unread? Someone at the Huffington Post has egg–or penguin poop-on his face. After Carpe Diem reported that karma visited Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade Wednesday in the form of African penguin dung for his maligning of Happy Feet (the straying Antarctica penguin who ended up in New Zealand), HuffPo appeared to retell the story without a customary “h/t.”

Perhaps, as a result, karma revisisted HuffPo. Apparently, the HuffPo author merely scanned the Carpe Diem article before penning his own. In the beginning of the Carpe Diem column, F&F‘s co-anchor Gretchen Carlson’s warning to Brian after he disparaged Happy Feet a month ago was quoted. Unfortunately, the HuffPo columnist did not read more closely or he would have realized that Juliet Huddy, not Gretchen Carlson, was co-hosting Wednesday: since he did not, he erroneously dubbed the F&F co-host as Gretchen Carlson in an apparent rewrite of Carpe Diem‘s “Kilmeade’s Karma: A Penguin’s Revenge.”

HuffPo‘s chagrin: it’s karma?

[Author’s aside: If the reader watches HuffPo‘s own vid, Juliet Huddy is clearly seen for a brief moment during the abbreviated penguin segment. P.S. TVNewser got it right three days later.]

Gretchen: In Full Disclosure

July 12, 2011

But, she still doesn’t get it. Monday Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson interviewed Christian Lopez, the Yankee fan who gave Derek Jeter his 3000th hit home run ball back. Before she began, she declared, “Christian, in the [sic] full disclosure, I do have to tell you that my husband [Casey Close] happens to be Derek Jeter’s agent.”* Then, she inaptly added, “I just want to get that on the record ’cause sometimes people have a problem with that.”*

Apparently, Gretchen was referring in part to the author who first reported that she interviewed Jeter in a powder-puff F&F interview (December 2, 2009) without mentioning that her husband, Casey Close, was his agent. Obviously, she was including others, e.g., Huffington Post, Mediaite, and TVNewser who cited the Carpe Diem story as they, too, noted Carlson’s failure to disclose her conspicuous connection to Jeter. Not to mention, Howard Kurtz, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, who acerbically remarked, “Somehow…Gretchen Carlson didn’t get around to mentioning that Jeter’s agent, the man who negotiated the shortstop’s $189 million contract is her husband. Now, I think it’s fine for her to interview Jeter…but how about leveling with the viewers?”

No, Gretchen, people do not “have a problem with” your being married to the agent of Derek Jeter. But, they do have a problem with your not disclosing that very fact when you do a story on Jeter. It just might color your perspective a bit. And, your viewers deserve to know.

In fact, if you had learned the real Jeter lesson, you might have added a caveat in your interview later with Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential aspirant.** To wit, when you appeared to defend repeatedly Pawlenty’s opponent, Michele Bachmann, from his verbal attacks, you might have merely mentioned to viewers then Bachmann was once your nanny when you grew up in your hometown of Anoka, Minnesota.

Close is cool: Just “full disclosure,” Gretchen.

*Fox & Friends – 07/11/11 (@ 7:38 a.m. ET)

**Ibid at 8:13 a.m. ET.

Christine’s Countdown

June 2, 2010

21: Romans’ Nebulous Numeral. Is it American Morning biz beauty Christine Romans’ July due date or drink date? I.e., is Christine counting down the days until her third child is born or until she can have that first post-pregnancy potation? Last Friday, TVNewser reported that a gravid Christine Romans’ due date is July 17. However, today Christine seemed to tell co-anchor John Roberts a slightly later date, i.e., July 21.

Before introducing Christine’s segment, John scoffed at Sarah Ferguson’s seemingly contradictory statements about whether she was  drunk (when she agreed to sell access to her former husband Prince Edward). As he turned to Christine, she jested “Also, not drinking.”* Co-host Kiran Chetry chuckled, “She’s dead sober.” Then, eyeing Christine’s baby bump, John queried, “Dead sober. You’ve been dead sober for how many months now?” Looking down at her watch, Christine replied, “I can count down the days actually if you’d like.” John responded, “And, when can you crack your first bottle of [sic]?” Christine answered, “I got seven weeks to the day, John.”

If one does the math or consults a calendar, one will see that “seven weeks to the day” hence is July 21. Clearly, Christine seemed to suggest her baby is due that day. However, if one were to parse her exact reply a la Clinton, one could make the case that July 21 is actually the day that she can have her first adult beverage post pregnancy.

But, is Christine that thirsty? Probably not.

*American Morning – 06/02/10 (6:20 a.m. ET)

Roberts: “The Wife” Kyra

May 13, 2010

American Morning co-anchor John Roberts finally alerted his audience to his engagement to CNN colleague Kyra Phillips today. Before he promoted Kyra’s upcoming CNN Newsroom (which immediately follows AM), John turned to guest host Christine Romans and casually commented, “Got to give the wife a plug here.”* Not saying a word, Christine simply giggled in response.

According to the author’s knowledge, this is the first time that John has acknowledged the upcoming nuptials of himself and Kyra. Approximately 2 1/2 weeks ago, April 25, TV Newser reported that  the two became engaged on a weekend getaway in West Virginia: Kyra accepted John’s proposal after he popped the question on bended knee to his avid amateur golfer gal on the 18th hole of the Greenbrier Resort golf course. Interestingly enough, when John returned to AM the following Tuesday, neither he nor his AM colleagues made mention of his winning the hand of his beloved.

*American Morning – 05/13/10 (@8:56 a.m. ET)

Christine Romans Gravid

February 4, 2010

CNN biz beauty Christine Romans has a NEW favorite numeral: 3! The American Morning correspondent and “Your $$$$$” anchor is pregnant with her third child according to TVNewser. Due date? Sometime in June.

Congratulations, Christine!

Roberts Rues Loss

April 17, 2009

But which one? Yes, Ashton Kutcher gave Goliath CNN a smack-down early this morning in  its race to become the first to reach one million Twitter followers. However, American Morning’s John Roberts seemed to see the loss as a personal metaphor. After co-anchor Kiran Chetry acknowledged CNN’s defeat, John  put up his hands and said, “Some you lose, and some you lose.”

“Exactly!” rejoined Kiran. John continued, “The story of my life: I lose everything I touch.” Kiran laughed, “We’ll explain more of that in a second: Not that, but the Twitter situation.”

After his Easter weekend in Pensacola with his daughter, was the respected three-time-Emmy-Award-winning veteran journalist lamenting the loss of her mother from whom he split over a year ago? Or has his loss been even more recent? According to TVNewser sorces, Roberts has been seriously dating CNN anchor Kyra Phillips and even took her to his induction into the Canadian Broadcaster Industry Hall of Fame in  Toronto to meet his two children.

Aly To F&FW’s Rescue

July 14, 2008

According to TVNewser, Alisyn Camerota will return to Fox & Friends Weekend as co-anchor on July 26, 2008. A stroke of genius! The delicious Italian tart will bring a steady adult hand to the helm to right a listing ship and a saucy, sexy flair to make the ride fun again.

Spicy Aly will have her castrato choir in tune and singing her song in no time. She doesn’t need to tame the boys, Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs, but merely to continue to tutor them. She’ll be no Ainsley! It’s Aly’s world and Clayton and Dave are just privileged to live in it.

As I wrote in an earlier article entitled “Y Ali Can’t Save F&F Weekend,” I do fear that the weekday Fox & Friends will falter without Aly. Try as she must, Gretchen just doesn’t have it. She’s a Miss America in a Miss USA universe. She’s like a liberated June Cleaver that praises the concept of women’s suffrage but doesn’t quite appreciate her new empowerment. The center seat needs a gorgeous gal who can and will set Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade straight without hesitation at a moment’s notice.

Roger, thanks for getting back with the program.

Alisyn Answers Update

March 25, 2008

After posting my “Alisyn Answers” (referencing Fox & Friends greenroom blog) entry, I noticed that, apparently, TVNewser and Johnny Dollar’s Place provided similar posts later. I am honored to be in such company–even if only for a day or so. The Johnny Dollar’s Place F&F greenroom link quoted Alisyn Camerota as saying, “Page [Hopkins] is on vacation [and I] have no idea about Ainsley [Earhardt] being in trouble.”

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