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Shepard Smith Explains Use of the Word ‘Coward’ During Robin Williams Coverage

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.”

Nischelle TurnerOver 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.

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Larry King Gets Back at Conan O’Brien for Challenging His Handshake

Larry King doesn’t like the quality of his handshake being challenged, and he let Conan O’Brien know it last night.

“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.”

The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • 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 O’Donnell Would ‘Love’ CNN 9pm Slot, But Denies She’s Being Considered

Former “The View” co-host Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter this morning to respond to a NY Daily News report that she’s on CNN’s short-list to replace Piers Morgan at 9pmET.

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.

Conan O’Brien Dubs Larry King’s Back to Life Show: ‘Larry King Alive’

Appearing Thursday night on Conan O’Brien‘s show Larry King revealed his wishes for when he dies.

“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.

No Weather Channel? Conan’s Got a Solution

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:

Ron Burgundy Sings For His ‘Dear Friend’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Ron BurgundyWill Ferrell visited Conan O’Brien last night as “Anchorman” Ron Burgundy, and sang in defense of his “dear friend” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“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.”

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The PM Ticker: Women, Wheelock, Wheels Up

  • 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.

  • The CNN Airport Network, which provides content on TV screens at airports across the nation, is adding TBS’ “Conan” and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” to its lineup. Conan O’Brien and CNN president Jeff Zucker have a long and illustrious history, as you may recall.

Conan O’Brien Presents New Morning Show ‘Wake Up and Back Up’ At Turner Upfront

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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Ratings: Millions Tune Into White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has become must-see TV. Just a few years ago, the dinner was only televised live on C-SPAN, and any funny clips would be shared afterward. Now the clips still get shared, but people are tuning in live in droves.

President Obama and Conan O’Brien spoke during the 10-11 PM hour, and sure enough that is when tune-in was highest. CNN led the way with 1.49 million viewers, including 401,000 adults 25-54. Fox News drew 1.11 million viewers, including 183,000 A25-54, while MSNBC drew 640,000 total viewers, including 176,000 A25-54.

It is important to note that these numbers do not include anyone watching online, nor do they include C-SPAN, which is not rated by Nielsen. We can safely say that at least 3.5 million people watched the speeches live, all told.

From 9-10 PM, when the channels previewed the dinner (and when Ed Henry delivered his speech), the ratings were also strong:

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