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The Big Gets: Knox, Rodman, Pres. Obama

KnoxSome exclusive gets across TV news this morning, including an emotional Amanda Knox who vowed to fight her second guilty murder verdict in an interview with Robin Roberts; Dennis Rodman invited Chris Cuomo on a trip to North Korea with him; and President Obama wouldn’t give a Super Bowl (or 2016 election pick) to Jake Tapper in Obama’s first interview since the State of the Union address.

“I will never go willingly back to the place…” a teary eyed Knox said this morning on “Good Morning America,” struggling to finish her sentence. “I’m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. I need a lot of help. I can’t do this on my own, and I can’t help people understand this on my own,” Knox added. She told Roberts she isn’t prepared for potential extradition to Italy and will take her case as far as the Supreme Court.

Over on CNN, Rodman spoke with Cuomo from rehab. It was during an interview earlier this month with Cuomo that prompted an inebriated Rodman to get help. He also invited the CNN anchor to North Korea.

“I will take you over there and introduce you to him (Kim Jong-Un),” Rodman proposed. “I would love for you to come back here and tell the world…is he a nice guy.”

“I’ll take it, I take the invitation,” Cuomo said accompanied by a hand shake, pointing out he’d be surprised if North Korea allowed him to come.

And yesterday, Jake Tapper traveled to Wisconsin to interview President Obama, where the president detailed his his 2014 agenda and talked Super Bowl.

“I can’t wait. And the American people can’t wait,” Obama said, referring to his SOTU declaration that he will bypass Congress through executive orders when Congress doesn’t act.

The three interviews after the jump. Read more

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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:

Dennis Rodman Apologizes For CNN Interview, Admits He ‘Had Been Drinking’

dennis rodman cnn interviewDennis Rodman has apologized for his comments during a heated interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this week. Rodman became agitated after Cuomo asked whether he would challenge North Korean leaders over Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who has been detained there for more than a year.

Rodman’s publicist emailed a statement to the Associated Press:

“I want to apologize,” Rodman said. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.

“I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to Chris Cuomo. I embarrassed a lot of people. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”

Charlie Rose Has a Not-So-Secret Admirer In Shaquille O’Neal

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal was a guest on “CBS This Morning” today. Ostensibly he was there to promote his TruTV show “Upload,” but he also opined on Dennis Rodman‘s trip to North Korea and… his love for Charlie Rose?

“Can we talk about free throws?” Rose asked O’Neal. “Can we talk about how beautiful you are?” O’Neal said in response, adding “You’re a sexy dude, brother—man.”

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After ‘This Week,’ Dennis Rodman Cancels TV Appearances

Following his…memorable… appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman apparently had a number of other media appearances lined up. The key word there is had, because he seems to have been canceling them.

After “This Week.” Rodman was supposed to be interviewed by ESPN’s Bob Ley for an upcoming episode of “Outside The Lines.” As Those Guys Have All The Fun author James Andrew Miller noted, however, it didn’t play out:

 

Today, Rodman was supposed to appear on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, but as John Berman reported at 11:13, the basketball star “decided to cancel.” Berman then hosted Fran Townsend and John Avlon, who proceeded to trash Rodman for calling Kim Jong Un a “friend.”

Will Rodman turn up anywhere else on TV? We are keeping our ears to the ground, let us know if you hear of any bookings.

The Inside Story Of Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trip

North Korea. The Harlem Globetrotters. Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman. Kim Jong Un.

It was a gonzo journalism stunt at its finest, and it was chronicled by VICE for its upcoming TV newsmagazine on HBO. The New York TimesBrian Stelter gives the tick-tock on how the trip went down. Some kety details: HBO paid a little extra to VICE, beyond the agreed upon licensing fees, to help pay for the trip. Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters were paid an undisclosed sum to go on the trip, and it isn’t yet cl;ear when the North Korea trip will air on the series, which debuts April 5.

To say this was all part of Vice’s master plan would overstate the matter. The producers and reporters had no assurances that Mr. Kim would attend the game. But when they arranged the trip to North Korea, a rarity in and of itself, they thought like diplomats. To get what they wanted, they considered what they could give — and they came up with Mr. Rodman and the Globetrotters. “We knew he’d be tempted by basketball,” said a Vice spokesman, referring to Mr. Kim…

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Snags Surprise Interview With Dennis Rodman

Credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC Television

ABC’s “This Week” scored a surprise interview with former NBA star Dennis Rodman and Shane Smith, the co-founder of VICE. Rodman just returned from North Korea, where he watched the Harlem Globetrotters play basketball, and partied with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Rodman and the VICE crew were the first Americans to meet with the North Korean leader since he assumed power. He is known to be a big basketball fan.

“He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him,” Rodman told George Stephanopoulos. “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want [to] do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”

Rodman called Kim Jong Un ‘my friend,” drawing pushback from Stephanopoulos, and ended the interview by saying “don’t hate me.”

Rodman’s trip was documented by VICE for its upcoming HBO newsmagzine. Video of his “This Week” appearance is here.

Fox Sports Chief Named to Board of Stats LLC

Eric Shanks, chief operating officer of Fox Sports Media Group and overseer of Fox Soccer, SPEED, Fuel TV and FoxSports.com, has been named as the fourth board member of Stats LLC, a leading provider of sports statistics and content.

Shanks joins Tom Curley and Ken Dale of the Associated Press and Gary Ehrlich of Fox Sports Enterprises to complete the board of STATS, which is co-owned by the Associated Press and News Corp.

“STATS is one of the most innovative companies in sports today,” said Shanks. “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team, and look forward to providing my expertise wherever possible.”

STATS chief executive officer Gary Walrath said, “We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and tremendous expertise of Eric Shanks as we continue to advance STATS’s mission to revolutionise the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed.”