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Chris Rock Says He’d Love to Report for ’60 Minutes’ in Ferguson…’And It Would Be Funny’

2011-topic-celeb-chris-rockIn an extensive interview with Frank Rich in New York magazine, comedian Chris Rock talks about television, President Obama, and the news business. He compares Obama to CBS’ Les Moonves, arguing that Obama’s mistake has been trying, like CBS, to appeal to everyone. “The thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get.”

Asked to evaluate Obama’s legacy, Rock said “everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career.”

Rock also said he’d love to be a correspondent on CBS’ “60 Minutes”:

What would you want to cover?

I would cover anything. I mean, I’d be in Ferguson right now, and it would be in-depth, and it would be funny.

It’s hard to do funny in journalism.

No, it’s not. It’s all in the cut.

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?

I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.

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Jimmy Fallon Looks Beyond ‘Tonight Show’ to ‘Nightly News,’ ‘Today,’ and Being the ‘New Carson Daly’

SNLMadonna and the Mayor were just two of the drop-ins on tonight’s “Saturday Night Live” hosted by SNL alum Jimmy Fallon. Paul McCartney, Barry Gibb and Chris Rock stopped by too. During “Weekend Update” there was a passing of the baton. When Fallon, a former “Weekend Update” anchor takes the reins at the “Tonight Show” next year, current “Update” anchor Seth Myers takes over his job at “Late Night.”

“I hosted ‘Late Night’ for five years and now the ‘Tonight Show,’ Fallon said during “Update.” “Five years after that I’ll host the ‘Nightly News,’ then, five years after that the ‘Today’ show. And five years after that I’m the new Carson Daly.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is leaving his job on New Year’s Eve talked about his future plans: “I’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream of consuming a small soda on a smoke-free beach.” Bloomberg also joked that he’s applied to teach Spanish.

Earlier on “Update,” Myers joked about an upcoming New Year’s Eve special: “NBC announced this week that Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will host a primetime special on the network called ‘A Toast to 2013,’ in which they recount their favorite stories from the past year. But, shh, it’s actually an intervention.”

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Titans, Moguls and a Presidential Candidate Pay Respects to Mike Wallace

If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.

That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.

Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”

Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for  six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.

“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.

Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.

“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.

“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.

“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”

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NESN Executive Leaves Network After Five Years

Joel Feld, who was the executive vice president of programming and executive producer of NESN, left the network on Thursday after five years.

“Leaving NESN is one of the most difficult career moves I’ve ever had to make. The talent and production team – behind and in front of the camera – are the best in the business,” Field said in a statement. “The standards and work ethic they bring to the office every day made my job a whole lot easier and more fun than I ever could have imagined when I came to Boston in 2005. I’m especially grateful to the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins organizations who provided me a professional opportunity that people dream of their entire lives. Read more

Dan Snyder Is Off Limits On The Tony Kornheiser Show

If you’re expecting Tony Kornheiser or his guests to be critical of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Synder, think again.

John Feinstein explained that the radio host and Pardon the Interruption co-host put the squabash on bringing up Snyder.

“Someone asked an interesting question last week: Do I know the questions I’m going to be asked when I go on the radio. The answer is: not usually. I can guess based on what’s going on what I might be asked about but I don’t usually specifically talk to the host or the producer beforehand.

The only exception to that in the past was when I was still on NPR where I actually wrote my own questions because none of the producers there knew the difference between a hockey puck and a basketball. (On the day Bob Knight was fired I called in to explain that I needed to be on the next morning and the producer who answered the phone said, “so why was he important? Did he coach Michael Jordan or something?”) Read more

The Inspiration Behind “Black in America 2″

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John Rice, Malaak Compton-Rock, Dr. Steve Perry, Soledad O’Brien, Cicely Tyson and CNN EP Mark Nelson at last night’s “Black in America 2″ screening in Harlem, NY.

Last night we headed up to Harlem for the New York screening of CNN’s “Black in America 2.” The four-hour documentary is a continuation of the Soledad O’Brien series which drew 16 million viewers over several airings last year.

This time around, O’Brien and her team report on the stories of successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans, including Malaak Compton-Rock, the wife of comedian Chris Rock, who, along with O’Brien traveled to South Africa with two dozen teens for two weeks of volunteer service in shanty towns and orphanages. Actor/producer/director Tyler Perry gives O’Brien a tour of his movie studio – not in Hollywood – but in Atlanta. And there’s the story of John Rice, the brother of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice (and brother-in-law of “This Week” EP Ian Cameron) who created the “Management Leadership for Tomorrow” program.

In the crowd, Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, actress Cicely Tyson, who is featured in the special, and Warner Music EVP Kevin Liles.

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