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BBC Directors Quit Over Handling of Pedophilia Scandal

Jimmy Savile BBC pedophileImagine this nightmare scenario: A well-known TV/radio host and media personality–let’s say Johnny Carson–dies peacefully after spending decades in the public eye as a respected entertainer, philanthropist and occasional newsmaker.

As the public mourns, a series of women currently in their 30′s and 40′s reveal inappropriate relations with the entertainer that occurred when they were still in their formative years, living at boarding houses and rehabilitation centers for troubled children. As the weeks go on, the number of accusers grows from a few to a dozen, then to several hundred. The worst part? Many of these women reported the abuse as it happened, but no one listened to them because the man in question was a celebrity beloved by an entire nation.

This is the story that’s captivated Great Britain for the past month–and it’s not going away anytime soon. The man was Jimmy Saville, and according to his many, many accusers, he molested teenage girls throughout his nearly 50-year career as a BBC TV/radio host and king of celebrity fundraisers. Yet many in the media seemed to accept him as an eccentric character with an unhealthy attraction to adolescent women. Friends and associates would often say, “Oh, that’s just Jimmy.”

Yuck. And it gets worse.

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Craig Ferguson: ‘My Job Is to Be the Naughty Kid’

Craig Ferguson rocked the Paley Center for Media with laughter last night in New York. The self-effacing host of CBS’ The Late Late Show will perform at Radio City Music Hall this weekend, and he gave the Paley Center audience an up-close view of his career and his candid approach to late night comedy. Wearing Kermit the Frog socks in solidarity with Sesame Street, he also weighed in on Mitt Romney’s PBS debate comments.

Since no one can deliver a line quite like Ferguson, we’ve listed selected quotes on various topics that he made in reply to audience queries and questions from moderator Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times:

On Mitt Romney’s debate comments about cutting PBS funding: “How much are we going to save by getting rid of PBS, forty bucks?”

On his influences growing up: “I used to watch the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy, so you could say I was drawn to black and white absurdism.”

On overcoming his alcoholism, [which he described in his book, American on Purpose]: “When I got sober, I experienced life on a whole new level. My career is based on resentment and alcohol, and I’m not the first.”

On his accent: “No one in the casting community in Hollywood really knows the difference between British and Scottish accents.”

On the early days of The Late Late Show: “When I auditioned, I said ‘This should be a lark.’ I thought the show would only last three weeks to one month, and I’m not the only one who thought that.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Leads the Charge into a New Era of Late Night

Late night TV just got a wake-up call. ABC has announced that Jimmy Kimmel , best known as the co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” (we kid) will soon compete with icons David Letterman and Jay Leno in the coveted 11:35pm time slot. ABC’s strategy is based on a stark but undeniable fact: As Letterman and Leno age, so do their viewers. Letterman, in fact, has agreed only to extend his contract through 2014–just long enough to best Johnny Carson’s on-air record—and Leno recently consented to a much-publicized pay cut and staff reduction.

But this isn’t your father’s 11:35pm time slot. No longer is it a lonely post-news netherworld for budding insomniacs and beleaguered parents looking to steal a drink and a laugh before bed. Today, the nightly monologue must compete with Call of Duty, Twitter surfing, Funny or Die marathons and the endless distractions emanating from our iPads and digital televisions. (At least we can still do all these things with a cocktail in hand.)

With an increase in options, however, comes a decrease in loyalty–and younger generations aren’t bonding with TV personalities like the generations that revered anchors like Walter Cronkite and late night personalities like Johnny Carson. Jimmy Kimmel is staring into the abyss, but he’s cool with that–and he should be. Read more