What’s that you say, Conan O’Brien? You think cable news coverage of the Ebola outbreak has been “over the top” and even “insane”? The ginger-haired host took a well-produced shot at corporate cousin CNN’s breathless coverage following an incident that interrupted the monologue.
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The hours-long cable news coverage of the death of Robin Williams last night included some reporting, and much eulogizing. And as often happens during unscripted live TV news coverage, the words used are interpreted in different ways.
Case in point: Shepard Smith. At the end of his hour-long special, the Fox News anchor read a quote from the late actor/comedian about his children. Smith then surmised: “They’re inspiring you and exciting you and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known. But something inside you is so horrible, or you’re such a coward, or whatever the reason, that you decide you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”
Smith was immediately criticized for using the word “coward.”
“The last thing I would ever suggest about a man I know nothing about personally, is that he’s a coward,” Smith tells TVNewser. “That goes against everything I am. If those words, I used so innocently, offended his family, from the bottom of my heart, I could not be more sorry.”
Over on CNN, entertainment reporter Nischelle Turner got some pushback for using the word “demons” when describing Robin Williams’ mental state. She apologized on air.
“I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from the mental health community in using that word,” Turner said. “A lot of times when we’re doing live coverage we say things and we’re talking and we don’t realize what we’re saying. They’re absolutely correct. That it is a disease, so I apologize for using the word demons.”
ABC News also got some social media pushback for promoting a live feed of aerials of Williams’ home on ABCNews.com.
“I’m ticked!” King said on “Conan” before O’Brien played a previous interview he had with actor Will Arnett in which he equated shaking hands with King to that of a “lab skeleton.” “Stand up!” King said, challenging O’Brien to a do-over. “Alright, alright,” O’Brien grimaced after the duo locked hands. “It’s a strong handshake.”
- Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.
- Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.
— Rosie (@Rosie) February 27, 2014
It’s doubtful CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker feels too rosy about O’Donnell: back in 2010, she said Zucker—who was President of NBC Entertainment at the time—should be ashamed of himself (along with Jay Leno) for not handing over the “Tonight Show” reins more readily to then-”Late Show” host Conan O’Brien.
O’Donnell was in serious talks with MSNBC in 2007 to host a show there.
“I don’t believe in an afterlife…so that means when you die, it’s bye, bye baby,” King said. “So the only fragment of hope is to be frozen, and some day they cure whatever you died of, and you’re back.”
Pointing at O’Brien, King announced that when he goes, he wants to be frozen. Feeling the pressure, Conan shot back: “Why you putting the responsibility on me?” he said, foreshadowing him busting into the hospital and taking a no longer living King to the freezer.
Conan concluded the real reason King wants to be frozen: another TV show named “Larry King Alive.”
Fortunately, King’s First Big Break will be forever documented.
With the DIRECTV-Weather Channel blackout in its third day, Conan O’Brien presented a “just as good” replacement program, “Andy Richter‘s Weather Channel,” on his TBS show last night. Richter — who, along with O’Brien, used to be employed by Weather Channel part-owner NBC Universal — offered a few temperatures with no corresponding cities, some ads, and a “Weather Channel classic — a montage of dangerous weather conditions set to elevator music.” Watch:
“My dear, dear, dear friend, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, is running for reelection, and I hold him in the highest regard…he is the best!”
“He’s a controversial figure,” O’Brien shot back.
“Controversial cause he’s so damn honest, yea,” Burgundy said. “Outstanding individual…he’s asked me to sing the campaign theme song for his reelection.”
- NBCUniveral’s “Women at NBCU” advisory board, which discusses issues surrounding women and marketing to women, has added 19 new women to its advisory board. Among the new board members: NBC Newsers Natalie Morales, Alex Wallace and Maria Shriver. The full list is here.
- Al Jazeera America has named Bob Wheelock senior executive producer. Wheelock joins AJAM from Al Jazeera English, where he was EP of newsgathering for the Americas.
Turner Broadcasting channels TBS and TNT pitched their new lineup to advertisers and the press this morning in New York. The big story is that TBS and TNT will be streaming their linear channels online and on new iPhone and iPad apps, becoming the first national entertainment channels to do so (sister channel CNN started testing it out last year).
You can read more from the upfront at Lost Remote, but we also had to share a clip presented by Conan O’Brien at the upfront. O’Brien joked to the crowd that he pitched TBS on a new morning show “shot entirely from the rear-view camera of a Toyota Sienna.” The result is “Wake Up and Back up.”
“I think CNN should really consider this, ” O’Brien joked at a luncheon following the presentation.
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