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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.

How the Evening Newscasts Reported David Letterman’s Retirement Announcement

GlorCBSThursday’s stunner from David Letterman, announcing that he’s retiring next year, was news on the network newscasts last night. “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reported the story at 6:36, calling it “breaking news here at CBS.” Correspondent Jeff Glor packaged the news and reported live in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater. On NBC, Brian Williams, often a guest on the “Late Show,” reported the news at 6:51 as a voice over, without using a soundbite from Letterman’s announcement. ABC’s “World News” ran the story as part of their Instant Index at 6:52, and did include a soundbite.

David Letterman to Leave ‘Late Show’

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During the taping of tonight’s “Late Show,” David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. He has spent almost half his life hosting a late night TV show: 11 years at NBC’s “Late Night,” and since 1993 fronting CBS’s “Late Show.”

“What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,” Letterman, joked, referring to his sidekick of more than three decades, Paul Schaffer. Here’s the statement from CBS Corp. Chairman Les Moonves:

“When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn’t make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network’s air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He’s also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it’s been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won’t have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave’s remarkable show and incredible talents.”

The news was first reported on Twitter by the show’s bassist Mike Mills just after 4pmET. Here’s how the news networks followed up on Twitter:

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Bill O’Reilly Has Some Questions For Beyonce

Appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Friday, Bill O’Reilly revisited his comments on Beyonce.

“She’s very talented, and we like Beyonce, but her new recordings and video is pretty raunchy, and a lot of young girls who don’t have responsible parents idolize her,” O’Reilly said. “… Here’s my question for Beyonce if she ever came on my program, and if she comes here you should ask her. She has $350 million in the bank … she doesn’t have to do this.”

Letterman argued that “the same kind of questions were raised about the popular music of my day that are being raised about the popular music of today,” noting the Rolling Stones had to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” when they performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” “You just found something to whine about because you’re getting to be an old guy like me,” Letterman joked. Watch:

Tom Brokaw: ‘Very Pleased’ With the Progress of Cancer Treatment

NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw discussed his multiple myeloma bone marrow cancer with David Letterman last night, saying he would like to keep the matter as private as possible.

“I’m very pleased with the progress, and that’s about as far as I want to go,” Brokaw said, adding it’s not just him going through this ordeal.

“A lot of people are going through what I’m going through, and they don’t have the advantages that I do…I am so conscious of that everyday.”

For Brokaw, continuing to work at NBC has been therapy for him.

NBC ‘Confident’ in Olympic Security Measures

olympics nbc_sochi1With the Olympics just two weeks away, NBC is comfortable with the security measures in place for its 2,300 employees that will travel to Sochi, the Los Angeles Times reports:

NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, during a conference call with reporters on Thursday to discuss NBC’s television coverage plans, said he was “confident” with the level of security being marshalled by the Russian government.”We have never seen the type of security that we are seeing in Russia,” Zenkel said. “We are overwhelmed and comfortable with the amount of security that has been deployed.”

Appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” this week, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow talked about why she won’t be traveling to Sochi: Read more

Will Brian Williams Have to Choose Between Fallon and Letterman?

With just weeks to go until Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” rival CBS host David Letterman thinks Brian Williams may never appear on his show again.

“They’ll make you go on Jimmy. You’ll never come back here. This is your last appearance,” Letterman said to Williams this week on “The Late Show.” “Do they mind you coming to see me?”

“Oh, they loathe it,” Williams joked. “But I honor my friendships. Jimmy’s just upstairs from me, I see him all the time. I would like to call myself a regular on his show, and dare I say on yours.” Watch:

Anderson Cooper Talks Dennis Rodman, Chris Christie on ‘Late Night’

During an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” this week, Anderson Cooper gave his take on Dennis Rodman‘s heated, drunken interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“What was amazing about his interview he did with CNN was, he was so clearly drunk,” Cooper said. “Rarely will we say on TV, ‘I think this guy’s drunk.’ But he was so clearly the drunk guy in the bar.”

Cooper also discussed the Chris Christie bridge scandal, which dominated political headlines this week. Watch:

David Letterman Previews Bill O’Reilly’s ‘New Book’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” last night. The government shutdown took up most of the conversation, but Letterman also asked O’Reilly about his book, and revealed what his next book should be: “Killing Time,” a history of the “Late Show” putting people to sleep.

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They also talked about the Washington Redskins, and whether the team should change its name.

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Brian Williams Does an Excellent Regis Impression

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and resident television news funnyman Brian Williams was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night. Williams broke out a spot-on impression of Fox Sports 1 host Regis Philbin, who he referred to as “America’s pre-existing condition,” for the occasion.

“If you can find pound-for-pound a better entertainment value than that very compact man — we got a little booster seat for him, and we spent about half of the dinner talking about our mutual love for you,” Williams told Letterman. Watch:

After the jump, Williams talks about his knee replacement surgery. Read more

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