Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert went after Fox News’ Eric Bolling this week. Colbert took issue with Bolling’s claim on “The Five” that the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison, saved taxpayers money. By Bolling’s math, it would have cost $780,000 to house Castro in prison over the course of his life.
“That’s a good point,” Colbert joked. “Justice is expensive. Imagine how much we could have saved if we never caught him!” Watch:
Note to TV anchors and producers: if you are doing a segment on a gadget that hooks into your phone number or email, be prepared for those things to appear on-air.
NBC’s Hoda Kotb and CNN’s Michaela Pereira learned that the hard way this morning, as both women had their personal phone numbers broadcast for all to see during segments about Samsung’s new “smartwatch.”
Shortly after the start of the 10 AM hour, Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford played around with the device, accidentally flashing Kotb’s number in the process.
“Is that my number?,” Kotb asked. “See, it’s happening, people are calling my number! Hello? Who is this? Is this me?”
“Oh, you have a lot of fans, and a couple of prisoners,” Gifford joked.
“Oh god, it’s happening!” Kotb responded. “I have 20 voice mails, 22, 23… What just happened?”
Pereira played it a bit cooler on CNN after Zain Asher accidentally flashed her number while calling her from the Samsung gadget.
According to Marijuana.com, “Sanjay Gupta Kush” is now available for sale at a dispensary in Boulder, Colorado. According to Business Insider, the strain of pot “is a modified Indica with roots originating from southeast Asia.”
Gupta’s documentary “Weed” ended up delivering huge numbers for CNN when it debuted. Clearly, pot fans are a loyal bunch.
Update: It seems CNN isn’t pleased with this development, and has asked the dispensary to stop calling the strain by that name.
First, there was “Tebowing,” and correspondents did it in the middle of covering hurricanes. Then there was “Kaepernicking,” and everyone was like “Ok, that’s probably enough,” until the First Lady did it.
Now, we have “Dufnering,” inspired by PGA champ Jason Dufner, who was spotted sitting slack against a wall, staring blankly into the ether. It became a meme, and now everyone is doing it. Even “CBS This Morning” co-anchors Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell, who did it with the man himself after he was interviewed on the program.
It has been a rough few days in the games department for the team from “Today.”
On NBC’s primetime game show “Hollywood Game Night,” Al Roker was kicked off the comfy couch by comedian Will Sasso… though he did get some revenge.
It wasn’t intentional, but it sparked a storm of controversy. The child, “Trick Shot” Titus Ashby, just wasn’t the same. As a new YouTube video posted by the boy’s father shows, he has had to overcome a lot since the Kilmeade incident.
The YouTube video actually got some play on “Fox & Friends.” Watch their reaction here.
It was Hoda Kotb‘s birthday Friday, and her “Today” fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford decided to put together a special present for her colleague. The result: a music video and an original song “I Want to Hoda on Your Kotb.”
Former CNN host and current Ora.tv and RT host Larry King has been around the block a few times. For YouTube’s “Geek Week,” The Nerdist channel asked him to put on his thinking suspenders and name his top 10 superheroes. Despite some obvious flaws in his list (Green Lantern made it?) The number one pick is a crowd-pleaser.
Between this and his recent partnership with Snoop Lion, King is quickly becoming as known in the comedy world as he is in the news world.
The crew at “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” once again spliced some “NBC Nightly News” clips together and turned anchor Brian Williams into a rap sensation.
In honor of guest Mark Wahlberg, Williams “rapped” to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s classic “Good Vibrations.”