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Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
John Kasich debuts on CNN, Claire McCaskill joins MSNBC and NBC News
Republican former Ohio Gov. Kasich is CNN's newest political commentator, while Democrat former Missouri Sen. McCaskill has signed on as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 6:49AM EST
Andy Cohen begins selling umbrellas after his CNN New Year's Eve Live "umbrellagate" debacle
Source: Page Six
Cohen is taking advantage of his spat over not being able to bring his umbrella by selling "Radio Andy"-themed umbrellas.
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:34AM EST
Don Lemon reveals he spoke at length to Kevin Hart over the weekend
The CNN anchor said near the end of his show Monday night that he had a “mostly off the record conversation” with Hart following his emotional plea to Hart on Friday. Lemon then played clips of Hart apologizing again on Monday for his past homophobic jokes during an interview on SiriusXM. “I don’t like the forcing," Hart said in the clip. "Don Lemon goes on CNN you can fix this become an ally. That’s not my life dream. Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBT community. I apologize. I’m not moving on from the apology and I hope that it’s accepted. If it’s not accepted than I can’t do anything about that… you can’t get what you want without accepting change.” Lemon responded: “He is sorry, he said, but it is not his dream to be an ally for the LGBT community. Now, you can take that however want. You can be upset by it. However you want to feel. But that is his right. Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right… he can do that and you can feel about it however you want.” Lemon added: “We can and should hold people with large megaphones to account,” Lemon continued. “But if we don’t want to be bullied, we can’t be bullies. You don’t want to turn into what you’re fighting against. So hold to account, call them out, but you don’t want to bully people. I might get a lot of blowback for that, but I’m just being honest."
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Kathy Griffin: Leslie Jones was in talks to co-host CNN's New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper
SNL star Jones ended up serving as a contributor to NBC's New Year's Eve coverage, but Griffin claims in a New Year's Eve tweetstorm that there were serious talks to have Jones replace Andy Cohen on CNN, one year after he replaced Griffin. Griffin says she heard that NBC objected to Jones appearing on CNN, but said that that didn't make sense since Cohen works for NBC Universal, too. "As I started asking around to find out when CNN was going to announce Leslie as co-host, I heard that they had downgraded her to a couple of segments or some sort of a guest role," Griffin tweeted, adding: "Anything less than co-hosting screams to me very little or no pay, and a lack of respect for someone who is such a proven talent, has a big fan base, and knows what she’s doing. She has paid her dues and then some!" CNN has yet to respond to Griffin's allegations.
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
No, Dave Chappelle won't be hosting the Oscars: "If they’re mad at Kevin, I think they’d be untenable if I did it"
Source: ET Canada
Chappelle said "I was afraid you were going to ask me about that" when Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper asked about the Kevin Hart controversy on CNN's New Year's Eve Live. “Kevin Hart is a great comedian and I’m sorry he won’t be hosting the Oscars," he added.
Posted Saturday 12/22/18 at 1:51AM EST
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen say they've worked out the kinks for their second year co-hosting New Year's Eve Live together on CNN
Last year, Cohen was deemed an unworthy -- and boring -- replacement for Kathy Griffin, Cooper's co-host of 10 years. The two best friends tell Variety they've honed their on-screen rapport -- and Cohen says he'll stop complaining about the weather. “I think we are going to have more fun this year,” says Cooper. “We’ll be more ourselves.” Cohen says that since they travel together, “we have a shorthand with each other,” and viewers will see that on screen this year.
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 8:38PM EST
Lee Leonard, who uttered the first words on ESPN and who was Kelly Bishop's husband, dies at 89
Source: The New York Times
Gilmore Girls star Bishop confirmed the death of her husband of 37 years. Leonard, who would've turned 90 in April, "introduced ESPN to a small audience on the day of its debut in 1979," writes Richard Sandomir. "Mr. Leonard was a well-regarded veteran of local and national sports studio shows when executives at ESPN, which was just getting off the ground, asked him to be a co-anchor of SportsCenter, envisioned as the network’s flagship news and highlights program. And it was SportsCenter’s inaugural broadcast that launched the network, with Mr. Leonard delivering its first words, on Sept. 7, 1979, setting ESPN on its path to becoming a television empire." In introducing ESPN in 1979, Leonard said: “If you’re a fan — if you’re a fan — what you’ll see in the next minutes, hours and days to follow may convince you you’ve gone to sports heaven." Leonard was more interested in the "Entertainment" part of ESPN, which stood for "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network." So he left ESPN after six months because he was disappointed in the cable network's sports focus. Leonard would up at another new cable network, CNN, which allowed him to cover entertainment. Leonard first met Bishop while interviewing her for the local New York City show Midday Live. Bishop said one of his biggest regrets was leaving ESPN so early. “He loved sports,” Bishop tells Sandomir, “but he loved doing talk shows and interviews, so he got pulled in that direction to CNN. Through the years, though, he said he should have stayed with ESPN. He was kind of always starting something new.”
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
CNN's debunking of climate change deniers doubles as an "accidental self-own"
"Don't believe these climate change lies," CNN tweeted Monday accompanied by a video of climate change deniers on various cable news outlets. "@CNNweather's team of meteorologists debunk common climate change myths spread by some politicians and pundits." The only problem is two of the four clips shown are of climate change deniers on CNN, which has been criticized in recent weeks for showcasing their agenda.
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 12:45AM EST
CNN employees return to New York office after bomb scare forced an evacuation during primetime
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was on air when the telephone threat came in at 10:35 p.m. ET., with Lemon saying he and his guests and crew had to evacuate. "We were evacuated in the middle of my live show," Lemon tweeted. "Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned. #cnn #nypd" Nearly 90 minutes later, CNN tweeted: "NYPD has given the all clear for employees to return to the building at CNN Headquarters in NY."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
Chris Cuomo's Cuomo Prime Time has become CNN's No. 1 show
In just six months, Cuomo has surpassed Anderson Cooper 360 as the No. 1 show with his 9 p.m. primetime program. Cuomo has found success in the timeslot once home to Larry King and Piers Morgan through good verbal sparring. “It’s about the debate,” says Melanie Buck, the Cuomo's executive producer. “It’s about the pushing.”
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 5:50PM EST
Anthony Bourdain recalled by those who knew him best
GQ spoke to everybody from Bourdain's brother, Chris Bourdain, to CNN's Jake Tapper to producers and numerous celebrity chefs to get a sense of Bourdain's "enormous life." As Chris Bourdain put it, "the death certificate that was printed in France listed as his profession 'chef.' And I tried for months to figure out, what is the appropriate way to describe what Tony has been doing for the last seven or eight years? There's no description for it."
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Andy Cohen will again co-host CNN's New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper
This will be the second time co-hosting the New Year's Eve special for Cohen, who replaced Kathy Griffin last year. "We’re back! Thrilled to join AC in Times Square again this year to ring in the New Year on CNN!" tweeted Cohen.
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
George H.W. Bush funeral and memorial service plans announced
President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president. A memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET., followed by another memorial service the next day in Houston. Bush is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday evening. Expect network and cable news coverage of the memorial services and funeral.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 7:15PM EST
CNN to air Presidents Under Fire: The History of Impeachment special on Sunday
Fareed Zakaria will host the Dec. 2 special that CNN says "will trace the history of why and how Article II, Section IV of the U.S. Constitution has been used, and will explore why constitutional historians feel America’s democracy may not be strong enough to withstand an exercise of this extraordinary check on presidential powers."
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 7:15PM EST
CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill over Israel remarks
“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a CNN spokesperson said following backlash over Hill telling an audience at the United Nations this week that he supported violent Palestinian “resistance” to Israel.