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Bob Beckel Apologizes for ‘Chinamen’ Comment, Doesn’t Apologize to Chinese Gov’t

BeckelBob Beckel apologized on “The Five” tonight for using the word “Chinamen” last week.

“I made some comments last week about the Chinese people which apparently upset some people, for which I apologize,” Beckel said near the end of the show.

“However…I do not apologize for the things I’ve said about China—and I won’t go into the litany of it now because there are too many China apologists in this country—but I will continue to warn the American people about how dangerous China is to the U.S. security and to our business community. But to those who were offended, I apologize. I do not apologize to the Chinese government, or for their habits, or for their murders, or for anything else.

Beckel was apologizing for these comments he made last Thursday: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. They have been, they will be and they can wait, they’re very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen— eh, Chinese people— how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” The comments drew widespread criticism, and calls for Beckel’s firing from Asian-American politicians like California congressman Mike Honda and California state senator Ted Lieu.

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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

‘The Five’ Gets Snapchatted

Fox News’ “The Five” has done well lately in the ratings, and one of its fans went beyond just watching earlier this week: she Snapchatted co-host Eric Bolling a series of images she drew of all the co-hosts’ characteristics draped over her face.

“SavSav” drew Bolling with the caption: “I’m Eric. My hair is always perfect.” Kimberly Guilfoyle‘s image came with a shirt titled, “I heart Bob [Beckel].” Dana Perino donned bright yellow hair, holding her dog Jasper.

Greg Gutfeld is covered by Harry Potter-like glasses, while Bob Beckel dawns his trademark suspenders with an angry face: “I’m Bob Beckel…Grrr,” the message says.


‘Daily Show’ Tells a Love Story: ‘The Five’s’ Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino

“The Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee put on a one-woman show last night dedicated to the love story between two of Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts: “young girl new to the bit city” Dana Perino and “rebelicious” Greg Gutfeld.

Confused about what makes “The Five” different than a panel show, Bee told host Jon Stewart the show is more than that:

“‘The Five’ is the storyboard of the human condition,” Bee said. “The truth about ‘The Five’ is that it’s a story as old as time…a story of love.”

Bee then played a montage of warm moments between Perino and Gutfeld, turning to the story’s other suitors for Dana: co-host Eric Bolling and “villain” Bob Beckel.

Bee concluded with uncontrollable anguish at the revelation that Gutfeld is married to another woman in real life (Perino is also married), but still “gallivanted around” while allowing “precious Dana” fall in love with him.

>Update: Apparently, the loving couple Bee depicted enjoyed the tale of their romance. Check out the gift she received today:

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‘The Five’s’ Best/Worst Christmas Presents

Five Christmas“The Five” had a lively discussion about the best and worst Christmas presents to give.

“Of course, I’ve given clothing,” Dana Perino said. “What else is there to get guys?” Co-host Eric Bolling countered with advice for all men: there is no bad gift from a woman…even a mani-pedi.

“The mani-pedi…forget about it,” Bob Beckel said, adding a cheese tasting class and watches to his bad gift list.

Greg Gutfeld suggested the best presents are fun instead of falling into the self-help category.

Watch the host’s Secret Santa present exchange after the jump. Read more

Rupert Murdoch Stops By ‘The Five’

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch stopped by the set of “The Five” Monday, visiting the show’s co-hosts before they went on-air Tuesday.

Murdoch has every reason to be smiling: “The Five” has far outperformed expectations. Originally slated as a temporary summer replacement for Glenn Beck, “The Five” is now consistently one of the network’s highest-rated programs.

Last month, the show delivered its highest ratings of the year in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Stephen Colbert Takes Aim at Eric Bolling

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert went after Fox News’ Eric Bolling this week. Colbert took issue with Bolling’s claim on “The Five” that the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison, saved taxpayers money. By Bolling’s math, it would have cost $780,000 to house Castro in prison over the course of his life.

“That’s a good point,” Colbert joked. “Justice is expensive. Imagine how much we could have saved if we never caught him!” Watch:

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WATCH: Five Questions for ‘The Five’

When “The Five” debuted two years ago today, Fox News execs gave the show a trial run at 5pmET. It was replacing the wildly popular Glenn Beck show. “The Five” quickly established itself on the Fox News schedule, and, on its second anniversary, is the second most-watched program on cable news.

As they mark two years on the air, MediabistroTV has 5 questions for “The Five” (all seven of them.) We asked Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams about their co-hosts’ quirks, which member of “The Five” they really like the best, and their first big break in TV.

Here’s How ‘The Five’ Came To Be

The AP’s David Bauder profiles Fox News program “The Five,” tied to the show’s improbable two-year anniversary. (Our new video with “The Five” is coming up Thursday, two years after “The Five’s” debut). Initially billed as a Summer replacement program, “The Five” quickly became a permanent part of FNC’s afternoon lineup. Bauder reveals how the show came to be:

When Glenn Beck left Fox in 2011, Eric Bolling of the Fox Business Network pitched himself to Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

‘‘I sent the boss an email and said, ‘I’d kill for that 5 o’clock slot,’’’ Bolling said. ‘‘He said: ‘You and 500 others. Come up and talk to me at the end of the week.’’’

Ailes already had another idea. He was mixing and matching personalities to see who might fit into a discussion format…

They shot two test episodes and ‘‘the chemistry … was undeniable,’’ Tantaros said. ‘‘When they said it was temporary, I thought, ‘Wow, but this is really fun.’’’

After the jump, “The Five” share with mediabistroTV their favorite moments from the show:
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WATCH: The Best Moments from ‘The Five,’ According to ‘The Five’

When it debuted almost two years ago, Fox News Channel’s “The Five” was billed as a temporary replacement for Glenn Beck‘s program. Today, the show celebrates its 500th episode and now ranks as FNC’s second most-watched program. Last month it had a 12-day hot streak as the #1 program in all of cable at 5pm.

Last week, MediabistroTV spent some time with all 7 members of the “The Five.” In this first of two MediabistroTV videos Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams reflect on the best moments from the first 500.

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