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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Fox News made another mistake in its apology for Aretha Franklin-Patti LaBelle mix-up
In honoring The Queen of Soul, the cable news network used an image in the background of Patti LaBelle performing for President Obama on PBS' Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House special, which aired in 2014. “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," Fox News spokesperson Jessica Santostefano explained in a statement. "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret." The problem is that LaBelle and Franklin never performed together on the special. Franklin did perform at the same event. When EW inquired about the second mistake, Fox News was unable to explain why its statement of apology was erroneous.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 4:38PM EDT
Fox News mistakes Patti LaBelle for Aretha Franklin
A photo of singer Patti LaBelle, who had a longstanding feud with The Queen of Soul, was shown in the background during a brief America's Newsroom segment paying tribute to Franklin. UPDATE: Fox News has apologized: “We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," Fox News' Jessica Santostefano said in a statement to The Wrap. "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Fox News has become the home to "white anxiety" with its 94% white viewership
Laura Ingraham was accused of being racist with her Wednesday night commentary that "massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people" -- comments so controversial that Ingraham walked back her remarks on Thursday night after she said they were embraced by "white nationalists and especially one racist freak." But as CNN points out, Ingraham's comments "served as another raw example of a Fox News host echoing white nationalist language." So far this year, Fox News has a viewership that's 94% white, 3% Latino, 2% Asian and 1% black. With a nearly all-white audience, says CNN, "on the channel's highest-rated shows, the politics of white anxiety play out practically every day, as hosts and guests warn about the impacts of immigration and minimize or mock the perspectives of people of color. The talk show segments are clearly intended to appeal to people who perceive they are losing their grip on power."
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Fox News' Abby Huntsman to become The View's second conservative voice
The Fox & Friends Weekend co-host was recently in talks to join the ABC daytime show, where she would join Meghan McCain in providing a second conservative perspective. Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, who is the former governor of Utah, a former presidential candidate, Obama's ambassador to China and Trump's current ambassador to Russia. ALSO: The View alum Candace Cameron Bure recently called on the show to add another conservative.
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
Murphy Brown creator Diane English announces a #MeToo episode while discussing the Les Moonves scandal
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“That will be our fourth episode," English said of the episode devoted to the #MeToo movement, which was written months ago before the CBS CEO was accused of sexual misconduct. "We support the investigation fully," she said of the allegations against Moonves. "None of us had a negative experience like that at CBS. We never experienced any kind of sexual misconduct. No one on my crew has.”
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News movie Fair and Balanced
Kidman is set to join Charlize Theron, who was cast as Megyn Kelly in May. Meanwhile, Margot Robbie is in talks to play a fictional Fox News associate producer named Kayla Pospisil in the film about the women of Fox News, and not necessarily about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Alex Trebek's picks to succeed him Jeopardy! respond, but a superfan says Anderson Cooper makes the most sense
Source: The New York Times
Trebek named Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates in his interview on Fox News' OBJECTified that hinted he'll likely step down from Jeopardy! in 2020, when he turns 80. "I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ!" tweeted a "flattered" Faust. Coates tweeted: "Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids." Andy Saunders, who runs The Jeopardy! Fan site, said the front-runner in his eyes is Anderson Cooper, who could work on Jeopardy! four to six days per month while keeping his CNN and 60 Minutes gigs. Saunders said of Trebek: “He has so much experience and he is such a good host that anyone, even Anderson Cooper, would find it incredibly difficult to fill Alex’s shoes."
- LeVar Burton pitches himself as Trebek's replacement: "I’ve had my eye on this gig for a looong time" he said, adding: "Sorry, brother! There is only one game show I’ve ever wanted to host... This Is Jeopardy!"
- Ken Kennings joked about replacing Trebek: "(be right back), deleting ten years of pedophilia jokes"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Alex Trebek hints he'll retire from Jeopardy! in 2020
Source: Page Six
Trebek said on Fox News Channel's OJECTified that there's “50/50 (chance) and a little less" that he'll stay after his contract expires in two years, when he turns 80. Trebek also revealed his two picks to replace him, including Alex Faust, the 28-year-old play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. If the producers want a female host, "there is an attorney, Laura Coates,” he said. “She’s African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time.”
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
In Part 2 of her Hannity interview, Roseanne Barr says she "wasn't in a good, mentally balanced place" before her racist tweet
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It was scary, Sean. I told ABC that I don't feel like I'm in a good mentally balanced place," she said, once again blaming Ambien. Sean Hannity aired the second part of his interview with Barr on Friday night. ALSO: Comedian Mo'Nique defends "sister in comedy" Roseanne Barr, saying she won’t “throw her away for making a mistake.”
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Report: Kimberly Guilfoyle left Fox News amid an investigation over misconduct allegations
The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali reported last week that The Five co-host didn't exit the cable news network voluntarily. Ali now admits that he has been reporting on an investigation into Guilfoyle over the last year. According to Ali, "six sources said Guilfoyle’s behavior included showing personal photographs of male genitalia to colleagues (and identifying whose genitals they were), regularly discussing sexual matters at work and engaging in emotionally abusive behavior toward hair and makeup artists and support staff." Guilfoyle's attorney responded to the allegations saying: "Any accusations of Kimberly engaging in inappropriate work-place conduct are unequivocally baseless and have been viciously made by disgruntled and self-interested employees."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Roseanne Barr's Hannity interview was a "master class on how not to apologize for a massive public flameout"
Sean Hannity devoted an entire hour to the disgraced former Roseanne star. "But, despite having an hour to make her case, Barr rarely stuck with one topic for long, hopscotching through various topics and defenses," said Eric Deggans. "In one part of the interview, the comic insisted she didn't want to hurt anyone or cause anyone pain." He added: "In watching a once-great sitcom star fail to really explain the racist outburst that ruined her career, viewers have seen all they need to know." ALSO: Barr failed to apologize across every dimension, and her joke attacking Valerie Jarrett's hairstyle revealed that she wasn't sorry.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Roseanne Barr, in her first post-firing TV interview, halfheartedly apologizes to Valerie Jarrett -- then disses her hairstyle
“I’ve apologized a lot," Barr said in an interview on Fox News' Hannity, her first TV appearance since her May 29 firing from Roseanne. "It’s been two months and I feel like I have apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness and made recompense,” she added. “I was so sad that people thought it was racist.” Barr said of the "ape" tweet targeting the former Obama advisor. "I was so sad that anyone thinks that of me, but I’m not that person…I hate everyone equally." Hannity then asked Barr if she wanted to address Jarrett directly by facing the camera. "I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn’t. It was political," Barr said. "I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused. I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. For that I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone or say anything about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to.” She then followed up her apology by saying: "She's got to get a new haircut. I mean seriously. She needs a new haircut." In a live podcast taping earlier in the evening with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Barr seemed more defiant, saying: "I recognize that she thinks I wronged her." Barr added: "All my friends said, your mistake was to apologize to the left because when they see blood in the water, they’re going to come until you’re dead. And I think that’s kind of true.” ALSO: Barr said ABC "should be so lucky that they'll ever get anywhere near" the Roseanne revival's ratings.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Fox News hires Britt McHenry, who accused ESPN of demoting her because she is white
The former ESPN reporter, who was laid off last year, is most famous for appearing in a viral video where she berated a tow-truck employee's education and teeth. In May, she made headlines again when she tweeted and deleted that ESPN demoted her "because I was white & I made too much.” Fox News hasn't said what role McHenry will have at the cable news network.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett on Roseanne Barr's interview with Sean Hannity "I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either"
Jarrett joked this morning on The View that her first reaction to Barr's "ape" tweet was, "Roseanne Who?" Asked about Barr's interview Thursday on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, Jarrett said: “I think there are just so many issues that are more important. I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either.” ALSO: Barr joked about wanting to interview Jarrett while they're both naked.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Melania Trump's spokesperson: She can watch any TV channel she wants
The first lady's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham responded to a question about a New York Times article that alleged that President Trump raged at his staff after seeing his wife watching CNN aboard Air Force One instead of his favorite channel Fox News. CNN reporter Kate Bennett asked about The Times article and whether the first lady had watched the Trump-Michael Cohen tape that CNN broadcast last night. “Maybe you’d like to talk about the 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month,” Grisham responded. “Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on the news.”