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Alisyn Camerota Signs Off Fox News

Alisyn Camerota anchored her final Fox News show today. As we told you earlier this week, Camerota and Fox News are parting ways. Camerota spent 16 years at Fox News, much of that time as co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Here’s her goodbye from today’s “America’s News Headquarters,” which she had been co-hosting with Bill Hemmer since the fall.:


Alisyn Camerota Leaving Fox News

alisyn-camerotaFox News is parting ways with longtime anchor Alisyn Camerota, TVNewser has learned. Camerota, a 16-year Fox News veteran, currently co-anchors the 1pmET hour with Bill Hemmer.

Over the years Camerota has been co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend” and often filled in on the weekday show. As a correspondent, Camerota reported on the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, she reported from Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks, and anchored ’round-the-clock coverage of the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“For the past 16 years, Alisyn has been a part of the Fox News family,” says Bill Shine, EVP of Programming for Fox News. “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

Camerota joined Fox News in 1998 from WHDH (NBC) in Boston. Her last day is expected to be later this month. The New Jersey native and her husband have twin daughters born in 2005, and a son who was born in 2007. She plans to take some time off before seeking out her next gig.

More: “It’s been a dream to work with all of you. I’ve learned from your example and talent,” Camerota writes to colleagues. Her full note after the jump.

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Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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The Most Memorable Stories of 2013 for TV News Hosts Were…

Giner Zee paraglidingTV news wrapped 2013 with end-of-year review shows featuring signature  moments, and TVNewser asked some of broadcast and cable news’ biggest stars what their top stories of last year were.

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee picked two: her adventure feeding vultures while paragliding in Nepal, and covering the death of one of her mentors, storm chaser Tim Samaras.

“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King picked both a serious and more light-hearted story:

“It’s hard to call the death of Nelson Mandela a favorite story, but it was an honor to be able to attend his funeral and burial services and share it with the CBS audience,” King said. Dishing about legendary actress Shirley MacLaine’s personal life was also a highlight for King:

“I was curious about her love life. She’s happily single, so I asked her if booty calls and friends with benefits were an option these days. Her response: ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ We all cracked up over that one. Thank you Shirley!”

The tragic Oklahoma tornado stands out for “Today’s” Al Roker. Read more

‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars to Appear on Fox News New Year’s Special

fox news duck dynastyWillie and Korie Robertson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be interviewed on Fox News’ New Year’s Eve special tonight. The interview, live from Steamboat Springs, will be the pair’s first television appearance since A&E reinstated “Duck Dynasty” co-star Phil Robertson after his controversial comments about gay people and African-Americans.

The interview will take place during Fox News’ “All American New Years’ Eve,” which begins at 9pmET tonight. Hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will conduct the interview.

How Did Fox News Become Fox News?

FoxNewsLogoBill Hemmer will take a look at Fox News’ history for a special airing tonight at 10pmET.

“Fox News: Our Story” features interviews with Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Shepard Smith, who recalls he initially didn’t think the channel could succeed: “Not a chance, no way, no how. And what that shows is that I didn’t know the boss,” Smith says. “I can remember [Roger Ailes] telling me distinctly, we will win … I love what Roger and our folks have accomplished. I’m very proud of it.”

Watch a preview at Fox News Insider.

Bob Beckel & Kimberly Guilfoyle ‘Going After’ That Other New Year’s Eve Duo

Bob Beckel Kimberly GuilfoyleTwo of “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle have news for CNN’s New Year’s Eve hosts: “We’re going after Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin,” Guilfoyle joked to TVNewser in a phone interview this afternoon previewing their just-announced New Year’s Eve special on Fox News.

“And we’re gonna get em,” Beckel added.

Guilfoyle and Beckel will host a live hour at 9pmET, ahead of the New Year’s Eve Times Square special hosted by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which now begins at 10pmET. It’s actually Hemmer and Hasselbeck who will be going up against Cooper and Griffin at the other end of the Times Square riser, and the other end of the cable dial.

Why did the normally disagreeable Guilfoyle and Beckel agree to this New Year’s Eve shift?

“I was reluctantly pulled into it because Kimberly’s looking for a fifth husband,” Beckel joked. (She’s actually only been married twice). Similarly, Guilfoyle says she’s making Beckel’s love life her New Year’s resolution: “What I wish for Bob…is to pick one, just one, sweet lady to spend time with.”

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bill Hemmer to Host New Year’s Eve Special on Fox News

Fox News is changing things up for its New Year’s Eve coverage this year: after six years of hosting the network’s NYE special alongside Bill Hemmer, Megyn Kelly gets the night off to ring in 2014. “Fox & Friends” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be in Times Square with Hemmer beginning at 11pmET. >Update: the program has been expanded and will now begin at 9pmET.

The news was announced on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch, via J$P:

Hasselbeck and Hemmer will be joined by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Ainsley Earhardt and Rick Leventhal. The special will feature performances by Rodney Atkins, Blues Traveler and Susan Boyle.

Fox News Celebrates Ninth Class of Ailes Apprentice Program Graduates

Ailes Apprentice ProgramThe ninth class of Ailes Apprentice Program graduates were honored at Fox News yesterday. Business Insider has details on the ceremony:

“I had this idea for the apprentice program 10 years ago because I saw many young minority people in our intern programs, but we couldn’t find them after the summer was over,” Ailes said in a speech at Fox News’ New York headquarters this morning.

“I said, ‘Where did those kids go?’ They were good. … So we created the access so that they had somebody inside that they could talk to and call. … And once the access was created … every single one of them for the last nine years has performed.”

Multichannel News reports the 90-minute ceremony was emceed by Bill Hemmer. Fox News correspondent Kelly Wright introduced the keynote speaker, former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder. Roy Eaton also served as a featured keynote speaker at the event.

Fox News Plans For 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

fox news JFK specialThis Saturday, Fox News will present a special “Fox News Reporting” special hosted by Bill Hemmer at 9pmET. “50 Years of Questions: The JFK Assassination” will examine the controversy surrounding the FBI investigation, the autopsy report and the Warren Commission’s findings.

Hemmer sits down with John T. Orr, a U.S. Justice Department prosecutor who launched his own investigation in 1995. Other guests on the special will include eyewitnesses of the incident, medical experts, historians and researchers, as well as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, the author of “Killing Kennedy.”

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