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A Brief History Of News Anchors Interviewing Puppets

Gawker’s “Fox News Mole” Joe Muto has posted another dispatch, this time an anecdote about a visit to “The O’Reilly factor” from 80′s sitcom star–and puppet–ALF.

The story itself is actually pretty funny, particularly the anecdote about Dick Morris at the end, but if it was meant to be embarrassing to Fox News or Bill O’Reilly, it didn’t really hit the mark.

Why? Because TV news has a long and illustrious history of having fictional characters on as guests while pretending they are actually real.

Below is a curated selection of some of our favorite moments.

Kermit the Frog on CNN’s “The Situation Room” arguing for inter-species relationships:

Kermit’s other half Miss Piggy on NBC’s “Today” talking about her “career”:

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“Sesame Street” characters cause mayhem on “Fox & Friends.”


Serious news anchor Erin Burnett interviews puppet presidential candidate Marvin Quasniki:

Finally, the infamous ALF interview on “O’Reilly”:

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