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Eric Bolling Lights Five Candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Every Morning

Just as the “Jersey Shore” had their GTL routine, Fox News host Eric Bolling has his own morning regimen that could be acronymed DRL: drive, read, light. “The Five” co-host tells Zap2It:

“I drive into the city, park my car, come up to my office, turn on the computer, make sure there’s no fires that need to be put out. Then I put my jacket back on and literally walk over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, light the candles, come back. I don’t do it because I’m supposed to do it; I do it because I like it. It makes me feel good, knowing that I’ve done that. I light five candles. One, two, three, four, five — get it?”

Yep. Got it.

Eric Bolling Adds To Duties, Taking Over Fox News Weekend Show

Fox News “The Five” co-host Eric Bolling is adding to his duties at the network. According to Hal Boedeker at The Orlando Sentinel, Bolling will become the anchor of “Cashin’ In,” one of FNC’s weekend financial shows.

That program, which offers advice on how people can make their money grow, airs at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays on Fox News. Bolling can draw on his knowledge of commodities, such as oil and gold, and his five years on the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Board of Directors. He later worked as a strategic adviser on the exchange, and he is well versed in economic issues making headlines in the current news cycle.

Bolling is replacing Cheryl Casone, who will remain at Fox News as a contributor to “Fox & Friends” and the anchor of “Markets Now” on FBN.

Bob Beckel Keeps Filling Up That Swear Jar

Fox News Channel’s “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel clearly can’t help himself.

He dropped an F-bomb on the panel program yesterday evening, and he had to drop another $20 into “Bob’s Swear Jar.” He apologized, as did co-host Eric Bolling for egging him on. Nonetheless, it’s probably a good thing cable news content isn’t regulated by the FCC, otherwise Beckel would have generated enough indecency fines to put the network out of business.

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Two Conflicting Takes on the CBS News Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan Interview

Everyone agrees (even if their arguments are specious). The CBS News “60 Minutes” interview with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan was totally biased. Don’t believe me? Politico’s Dylan Byers argues:

For the second time this cycle, Romney has given an exclusive, in-person interview to the CBS anchor and “Face The Nation” host, and once again Schieffer has rewarded Romney — and in this case, his running mate Paul Ryan — with softball questions and no follow-ups.

Sure, Brian Stelter at the NY Times reports that Romney’s camp actually gave the interview to “60 Minutes” specifically, and did not seek out Schieffer, but let’s not ruin the narrative. “60 Minutes” after all would guarantee the largest audience for the interview, especially with the PGA Championship as a lead-in. In addition, it attracts a more generalist audience, and not the wonky crowd that the Sunday shows often do.

Mr. Schieffer was not a part of the original pitch this time. The “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley had been the one courting the Romney campaign for the first running mate interview, but when the surprise announcement came on Saturday, Mr. Pelley was out of the country.

On the other hand, “Fox & Friends” this morning felt that CBS was totally unfair to Romney and Ryan:

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5 Questions for ‘The Five’

Fox News’s “The Five” has gone from zero to 2.1 million (viewers) in just the last year and is now FNC’s third most-watched show. So we wanted to hear from the hosts about what makes the show successful. Here are 5 questions for “The Five” hosts, plus 2 bonus questions for the alternates.

TVNewser to Eric Bolling: What is the one ingredient of the show that is making it click with viewers?

Eric Bolling: I think the secret ingredient is that we all get along extremely well. That’s real, not forced and I suspect the audience can sense that. Mr. Ailes came up with a unique show idea and that was impressive. Then he found a group of people who get along and enjoy each other’s perspective and input. For that Ailes is a genius!

TVNewser to Kimberly Guilfoyle: After your role as prosecutor in a San Francisco dog mauling case, you started getting TV offers from CourtTV, CNN, MSNBC before joining Fox in 2006. What do you miss most about your life as a prosecutor and how often do you find yourself using those skills on The Five?

Kimberly Guilfoyle: I think what I like the most about my change in profession from a prosecutor is that I am able to be an advocate for families, victims of major crimes, or individuals who do not normally have a voice or someone to speak for them and get the story out to the public. As a prosecutor, you are always arriving at an issue or case after the injustice has occurred. As a host and journalist on The Five and a legal and political analyst at Fox News I am able to tackle issues and stories and bring them to the public’s attention especially when the mainstream isn’t covering a story.

TVNewser to Greg Gutfeld: Since the show is live at 5pm (not taped and airing at 3am) how often to you have to check yourself before saying something that might not go over well with the audience or your co-hosts?

Greg Gutfeld: I never do. The whole point of doing something live is the risk. And I figure if you run something by someone, you ruin the spontaneity of the moment.  But If I think that what I might say might hurt their feelings, then I won’t do it.  Like yesterday,  I was going to bring up something that happened before the show. There was a group of school kids in studio for a tour. One of the children had asked Dana if he could take her picture. Dana said, “Do I go to your school and ask to take a picture of you?” Dana had a point, but that didn’t stop the child from crying. I was going to bring that up on the show, but I didn’t want to embarrass Dana, despite her obvious insensitivity towards America’s youth.

TVNewser to Dana Perino: Which do you like better: being a member of the media or keeping the press in check, which was part of your job as White House press secretary?

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Sarah Palin Responds to Roger Ailes Comments

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes raised some eyebrows earlier this week with a comment he made regarding Fox News contributor Sarah Palin. Ailes said “Sarah Palin had no chance to be President,” and that he hired contributors that would bring in viewers, not because they were necessarily strong politicians.

Well, Breitbart.com interviewed Palin, and asked her to respond to Ailes’ remarks.

Interesting. I haven’t heard all of his remarks, but I wonder if he is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor. No doubt many people who are told they can’t do something will work that much harder, and they succeed. Maybe you guys should send him a copy of Steve Bannon’s “The Undefeated.” The theme of Steve’s film isn’t about me, but about the idea of not letting others dictate one’s path in life and never giving up when you’re fighting for something precious like our exceptional nation and our children’s futures. So, would you send a copy of “The Undefeated” to him?

Palin co-hosts a Fox News special this evening called “Paying At the Pump” with Eric Bolling.

Update: Ailes responded today with a clarification to his earlier comments:

“When I hired most of the Republican contributors, none of them had any immediate prospects of becoming President —I wasn’t referring to any of their long-term prospects, including Governor Palin. I hired all of them because they made for good television at the time. Sarah Palin is young and nobody can predict the future.”

Primetime Shakeup at FBN: Bolling, Asman, Napolitano Shows Dropped

A major overhaul is coming to Fox Business Network’s primetime programming later this month. The network is dropping three shows, hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, David Asman and Eric Bolling.

Beginning February 20, the network will repeat “The Willis Report,” “Cavuto” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 8pm, 9pm and 10pmET, respectively.

The network is developing a new show hosted by Melissa Francis, who recently joined FBN from CNBC, that will air at 5pmET. When it debuts later this year, the current 5pmET program — “The Willis Report with Gerri Willis” — will air live at 8pmET.

Bolling and Napolitano will continue their on-air roles at Fox Business and Fox News; Asman will continue to anchor the 4pmET show on Fox Business.

“We look forward to Judge Napolitano, David and Eric continuing to make significant contributions to both FOX Business and FOX News,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

Fox Business Network, which launched in October 2007, continues to struggle in the ratings. Last week, FBN ranked 89th in primetime and 86th in Total Day among ad-supported cable networks, drawing 51,000 and 56,000 viewers, respectively.

>We just got off the phone with Fox Business EVP Kevin Magee, who told us that the production staffs of the three cancelled shows will be up for positions on Francis’s new 5pm show, as well as daytime positions on FNC and FBN. As for the scheduling shifts: “She’ll do better at 8 than what we’ve had at 8,” Magee said of shifting Willis into the 8pmET timeslot.

“We want to make sure that the people who are doing the best job with the audience and who have the most credibility with the audience get more exposure,” he adds.

Miss Piggy Attacks Fox News

Late last year, Fox Business personality Eric Bolling accused The Muppets of being communists, because the villain in their family-friendly holiday movie was an oil tycoon.

Well, The Muppets are finally returning fire. In London to promote the film’s international release, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog responded to Bolling’s accusation. Kermit answered the question politically, saying that The Muppets are not in fact anti-oil, while Piggy let loose some harsh words:

“It is almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as being, you know news,” Piggy quipped.

We can’t help but feel that we haven’t seen the last of this controversy. Stay tuned.

‘The Five’ Takes up Politico/MSNBC

“The Five” which continues to put up strong numbers for Fox News — it was the most watched cable news show Friday in A25-54 viewers — chatted up the Daily Caller’s story on the supposed coziness of MSNBC and Politico pushing the point that Politico has, in the words of Eric Bolling “become a left-wing” site.

The panel’s resident liberal Bob Beckel (sort-of) stood up for Politico, “You can argue the Huffington Post is way to the left. But Politico, in terms of their straight reporting, is pretty good. Their editorial is more liberal. No question about that.”

Beckel wrapped up the segment taking a shot at CNN’s upcoming new morning show. “By the way, I understand one of the other cable news networks is going to try to follow ‘The Five’ and have a morning talk show like this. Good luck!”

Video, via J$P, after the jump…

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Conrad Murray Guilty of Manslaughter in Michael Jackson Death

> Breaking: At 4:17pmET, the verdict was read. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

The CBS News special report ran until 4:22pm, ABC’s until 4:23 and NBC’s and FOX’s until 4:24pm. Fox News also ended coverage, anchored by Shepard Smith, at 4:24 when Eric Bolling picked up on “Your World” filling in for Neil Cavuto. HLN, MSNBC and CNN continued through the 4pmET hour.

> Earlier: The networks are preparing a special reports for the verdict in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Around 2:05pmET, the the jury announced it had reached a verdict which will be read around 4pmET.

ABC News will produce a special report with Diane Sawyer anchoring from New York. Brian Williams Actually now Harry Smith will anchor a network special report for NBC stations and Scott Pelley will anchor a special for CBS stations. Bill Hemmer will anchor for FOX stations.

The cable news channels will all be carrying the verdict. CNN International will simulcast CNN/US beginning at 3:30pmET. HLN will be without the services of trial queen Nancy Grace who is rehearsing for tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Jane Velez Mitchell will lead coverage on HLN and fill in on “Nancy Grace” tonight, which has been the arrangement on previous Monday and Tuesday nights during the ABC dancing competition.

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