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Sean Hannity: ‘I Don’t Like Bill Maher as a Person But…’

HannityA fiery debate between usual allies Bill Maher and actor Ben Affleck on HBO last week has crossed over to cable news this week, and last night, Sean Hannity had a surprising compliment for the former.

“I don’t like Bill Maher as a person, but I think Bill Maher is good for America,” Hannity said to guests Greta Van Susteren and Bob Beckel. “He says all these outrageous things; he’s almost become an iconoclasm because he’s willing to speak the truth when so many others in the media are scared to death.”

Maher and Affleck got into a heated exchange on “Real Time” last week over radical islam, with Maher suggesting criticizing Islam doesn’t equate to criticizing Muslims as people. Affleck objected, claiming Maher was painting a broad brush on the entire Muslim religion. The sparring match between the two spilled over to cable news: Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC all did segments off of the HBO debate.


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Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating’ Boosts ABC

The ABC News primetime special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2012″ helped boost ABC’s ratings last night.

The special drew 7.66 million viewers, according to preliminary national ratings from Nielsen. It also drew a 2.7 rating/6 share in the adults 25-54 demo. The program placed ahead of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” during the 10 PM hour in both total viewers and the demo, though CBS juggernaut “CSI:” held on to the top spot in both categories.

Among the people that made the list this year were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor/director Ben Affleck and Olympian Gabby Douglas. The “Most Fascinating” person was former General David Petraeus.

Keith Olbermann on “Sleazy Gossip.” Dan Abrams Responds

olbermann_5-15.bmpOn his show last night, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann responded to a story on, about his previously unexplained absence for several nights in late April.

CityFile’s story, picked up on a variety of other blogs, quoted insiders who described a booking battle, which Olbermann lost, between Rachel Maddow‘s staff and Countdown’s over Ben Affleck, who was promoting his movie, “State of Play. But Olbermann said his absence was not due to the Affleck booking but because he hit “an emotional wall about my mother’s passing,” and took a long weekend off, before hitting “another kind of wall over the weekend and by Monday I was in bed with flu or something like it.”

Olbermann also mentioned former MSNBC anchor and GM Dan Abrams, brought up in the CityFile story as an example of a previous Olbermann grudge. “Considering Mr. Abrams’ irrelevance to the rest of the story, and indeed now to MSNBC, it does rather point a finger towards a small group that could be the ‘sources’ of this sad, and sadly out-of-touch, gossip,” said Olbermann.

Abrams tells TVNewser, “I have no idea why my name came up and knew nothing about Keith’s schedule until now. This must be a difficult time for Keith and during these times, we sometimes say things we come to regret.”

As for what actually happened with the Affleck booking, Olbermann said: “Ben Affleck had been tentatively booked for Countdown, then wound up on Rachel’s show due to some really shoddy work by a fill-in publicist for his latest movie. This double booking stuff happens. It was resolved internally and quickly.”

Universal Pictures spokesperson Megan Bendis tells TVNewser, “We have no comment on this matter.”

All caught up? Click continued to see Olbermann’s segment last night…

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Ben & Jen No-Shows…and More WHCD News


CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s Mike Allen at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

From our TVNewser spies at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Association dinner and related events.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner bailed as guests of CBS at the last minute. We hear Affleck was “really sick.”

• ABC’s Justice correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg chatting up Justice Antonin Scalia at the National Journal pre-party. Will Crawford Greenberg be first with the news of the Souter replacement?

Julia Louis Dreyfus spotted texting from her table during the Dinner. We hear she was sending texts to her co-star Wanda Sykes who was on stage as the Dinner’s entertainment. (more below)

• A sign of the times — no dessert and the networks/publications were charged if they ordered more than two bottles of wine per table, which our spy adds, “of course, everyone did.”

• FishbowlDC’s Christine Delargy and Matt Dornic had the weekend covered from Saturday morning brunch to Sunday morning after-parties.

- Tammy Haddad’s Pre-Dinner Brunch

- Pictures – Inside the Hilton Dining Room

- Wanda Sykes – “Too Much?”

- The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg

Olbermann Talks Affleck, Makes Pumpking Pie, on Martha

olbermann_11-25.jpgMSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was busy making a Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie on The Martha Stewart Show yesterday when Stewart brought up Ben Affleck‘s impression on Saturday Night Live.

“I thought he was better as you than he is as Ben Affleck,” said Stewart. “Obviously an admirer of yours.”

“He’s the first person I know who’s ever done an impression of me, because apparently I don’t have anything to do an impression of,” said Olbermann.

Click continued to see part of the appearance, including what Walter Matthau once told Olbermann…

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Olbermann on Olbermann: “Kinda Went on a Bit, But Then Again I Know People Say That About Me”

KO_BA_11.4.jpgTVNewser columnist Gail Shister reached out to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann before his show last night to talk about Ben Affleck‘s portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

Shister: How do you grade the ‘SNL’ bit, and why?

Olbermann: As a technical achievement, it was an A+ Seriously: Ben did that off cue cards, as I discovered when he sent me one with a funny message scrawled in the corner. That is startling to me. I barely get through something of that length on teleprompter. Ben got most of the facial expressions right, and the camera turns were hilarious. And – no offense to Richard Wolffe – but I laughed out loud when they converted “him” into The Worst Person for disagreeing with me. And most to-the-point: yeah, must be four years in a row I’ve mentioned George Orwell‘s birthday. Actual constructive criticism in there amid the satire.

Shister: What DIDN’T you like?

Olbermann: Well, it was a little like that Biden/Murtha sketch from the week before, which I think poor Jason Sudeikis will finally be getting to the last line of in about five weeks. Kinda went on a bit, but then again I know people say that about me. More pertinent, there was a lot of Third Reich stuff thrown around in there, more than I think I’ve actually done in the last five-and-a-half years, and even in humor you have to measure that out with an eye-dropper, not a gallon-sized jug. Also, I think I’ve cut one guest off in five-and-a-half years (other than for breaking news or we just ran out of show) and in the sketch Ben cut off two of them. I think that was a writer writing what he wanted to be true, not what was true.

Shister: Are you flattered or insulted that you rated a bit, and why?

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Affleck as Olbermann: “It is the Fear and the Tyranny Up With Which We Dare No Longer Put”


So, the Keith Olbermann skit made it into the live edition of SNL last night. Ben Affleck, who’s been a guest on Countdown, played Olbermann to the extreme, and that’s not easy to do. We were particularly fond of Fred Armisen‘s turn as Richard Wolffe.

ABC’s Jake Tapper, in what is probably his shortest blog post ever, thought Affleck was “brilliant” as Olbermann. What did you think?

What Did You Think of Ben Affleck as Keith Olbermann on SNL?
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The clip that’s getting the most play on cable news and Sunday talk shows this morning: the real John McCain and the fake Sarah Palin take the campaign to QVC. It’s after the jump…

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“Keith Olbermann” on SNL

Tonight MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann gets his big shot on Saturday Night Live, unfortunately, he’s being played by host Ben Affleck, in a skit one insider calls “savage.”

Politico’s Michael Calderone also reports the real Olbermann “got past security to watch” the closed-set rehearsal yesterday. Olbermann was complimentary of his first time being mocked on “SNL.” “I’m not Sarah Palin. I know how valuable it is to me. And it’s funny.”

We’ll let you know if the skit makes the cut after tonight’s dress rehearsal, and into the live show at 11:30ET (with cameo from John McCain).

> Update: Exclusive — 9:15pmET: We hear the Keith Olbermann sketch lasts for approximately eight minutes, and is a mock Countdown episode. The dress rehearsal is still going on, and it may change between now and the live show. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

Also, we hear McCain is involved in both the cold open sketch and a segment of Weekend Update.

> Update, update: 11:15pmET: Word is the sketch made the live show.