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  • Gregg Jarrett is easing back in to Fox News Channel. Jarrett, who underwent two stints in rehab this year, is now anchoring segments for FoxNews.com while the network still has yet to determine when he may return to anchoring on the channel.

  • Bloomberg has traveled the world looking at what’s ahead to 2015 with a special, airing tomorrow at 9pmET/PT, on the technologies that could shape the next year. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart looks at ten innovations from the fields of technology, food, and medicine.

  • Karl Stefanovic, anchor of Nine Network’s “Today” show, has worn the same suit for the last year. “No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” says Stefanovic, who did it as a sexism experiment. “I’m judged on my interviews, on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.”

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Gregg Jarrett Works His Way Back at Fox News

gregg jarrettGregg Jarrett penned a FoxNews.com piece this week on the issue of sexual assault on America’s college campuses. Jarrett, a weekend anchor of Fox News Channel, has been off the air since the spring when he checked himself into alcohol rehab. Jarrett ended up extending his stay after an incident at the Minneapolis airport which resulted in his arrest. Jarrett, who just dropped his daughter off at college, writes:

I’m a newsman. I know what happens. I report the stories all too often. Yes, college campuses are generally secure. But they are not impervious to the hidden danger of rape and other sexual crimes. It happens at an alarming rate.

An FNC spokesperson confirmed with TVNewser that Jarrett recently started writing for foxnews.com and said his return to air is “to be determined at this time.”

Gregg Jarrett Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

gregg jarrettThe AP reports Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct today for a May incident with police at the Minneapolis airport.

Gregg Jarrett, 59, entered his plea by petition and didn’t appear in Hennepin County District Court. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said Jarrett’s plea was put on hold for a year and will be thrown out if he doesn’t commit the same or similar offenses and if he abides by certain conditions. Among them, Jarrett can have no alcohol or drug offenses and he must complete treatment.

In response to the airport incident, where a reportedly intoxicated Jarrett refused to follow police orders, Fox News said, at the time: “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.” The anchor, who joined FNC from MSNBC in 2002, has been on personal leave since early May.

Pills ‘Possible Factor’ in Gregg Jarrett Arrest

gregg jarrettUSA Today’s Doug Stanglin reports Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett “may have been under the influence of medication that did not mix well with alcohol” at the time of his arrest earlier this week. Jarrett had been recently released from a rehab facility, Stanglin writes:

A bar employee said Jarrett became intoxicated after only one drink, AP reported. He allegedly told a customer he took medication before his flight, but Jarrett denied the statement when questioned by police.

Police found gabapentin pills in his pocket, according to the report. When officers searched Jarrett’s bag it was revealed he was recently released from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility.

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant used to treat conditions ranging from epilepsy to restless leg syndrome, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. “Strange or unusual thoughts” and drowsiness are listed as potential side effects of the medication. Alcohol may add to the drowsiness, the Library of Medicine adds.

Fox News Anchor Gregg Jarrett Arrested in Minneapolis Airport

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 10.04.33 AMFox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested and jailed overnight following an incident at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. According to the Star-Tribune, police were called to an airport bar & grill about an intoxicated man.

Officers reported Jarrett refused to follow orders and was arrested for obstruction of the legal process and taken to jail. Jarrett was released from custody shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday after a $300 bond was posted, according to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office records. The records show he’s due in court on June 6.

“We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor,” a Fox News spokesperson says. “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined..”

In January viewers noticed odd behavior during one of Jarrett’s weekend shows. He has been off the air since mid-April. Fox News told us earlier this month Jarrett was taking some time off for “personal reasons.” The Hazeldon clinic for substance abuse is located in Center City, MN northeast of Minneapolis.

Jarrett, who is a lawyer, has been with FNC since 2002, joining from MSNBC where he was a weekday anchor. (Full disclosure: I was his senior producer at MSNBC).

Is Don Lemon on the Rise at CNN?

DON-LEMON304X200The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes a piece on Don Lemon‘s increasing airtime— and opinion giving—at CNN.

CNN has no problem with Lemon’s opinions, so long as he’s not predictably partisan. Janelle Rodriguez, vice president of programming at CNN U.S., said Lemon talks to viewers instead of talking down to them.

“Having a personality is a positive attribute,” Rodriguez said.

The piece also touches on Lemon’s thoughts on the most recent media firestorm: Jill Abramson‘s New York Times dismissal.

Last week while moderating a discussion with four women on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Lemon said he didn’t believe in equal pay for equal work in all circumstances — the verbal equivalent of sticking his head in a lion’s mouth.

As we’ve reported, Lemon has certainly felt more comfortable offering his opinion lately. He recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king,” which solicited a response from Limbaugh noting who Lemon sleeps with.

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Weekend Changes at Fox News; Gregg Jarrett Taking Time Off for ‘Personal Reasons’

gregg jarrettFox News is making some changes to weekend programming, just as one of its longtime weekend anchors is taking time off.

Fox News tells us Gregg Jarrett “requested time off for personal reasons and Fox obliged.” Jarrett has been with FNC since 2002, joining from MSNBC.

Other programming changes include Harris Faulkner signing off the Saturday edition of “Fox Report,” while continuing to host Sunday’s show at 7pmET. Faulkner will move to a six-day workweek, serving as a co-host on the new show “Outnumbered” Monday-Friday at NoonET.

Replacing her on “Fox Report” Saturday will be rotating anchors including Julie Banderas, John Roberts, and Shannon Bream, Fox tells us.

And Saturday at 1pmET will also have rotating anchors: Banderas, Arthel Neville, and Elizabeth Prann will be filling in as hosts. For Prann, it’s been an upward climb since 2008, moving from assistant to Greta Van Susteren, to local news reporter, to Fox News correspondent, and now part of the network’s weekend anchor rotation.

Don Lemon Responds to Rush Limbaugh’s He ‘Sleeps With Men Proudly’ Comment

DON-LEMON304X200Don Lemon has responded to Rush Limbaugh‘s statement that Lemon “sleeps with men proudly.”

“Considering the source it’s not even worth a response,” Lemon tells TVNewser.

Limbaugh made the comment on his radio show Tuesday, in response to Lemon calling Limbaugh a “stunt king.”

Lemon gave the conservative radio host that title on CNN Monday after Limbaugh suggested the only reason Donald Sterling was in trouble was “he did not give enough money to Obama.”

“Over at CNN, they interpreted that to mean that I was defending Sterling!” Limbaugh said Tuesday. “How did they get there? I don’t know how they get there. Erin Burnett played the sound bite and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon —- who sleeps with men, proudly —- for comment.”

Limbaugh went on to suggest CNN has “no sense of humor.”

This is the second high-profile dust-up Lemon’s been in over the last couple months: in February, the CNN anchor and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett got into a Twitter spat over Lemon’s response to the Michael Dunn verdict. “Mind your business…old man,” Lemon wrote on Twitter to Jarrett after the Fox anchor called him a “pompous, pretentious jerk.”

On CNN, Experimenting at 10, ‘AC360′ at 11

don lemonFor the next month, CNN will be trying out a series of different programs each night in the 10pm hour.

Starting Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon returns to primetime with “The Don Lemon Show.” The half-hour program will lead in to another new weekly show, “Making The Case” at 10:30pm.

Tuesdays at 10pm will be one-hour special reports; Wednesdays at 10 will see “Death Row Stories;” “Chicagoland” airs Thursdays at 10; and on Fridays its “CNN Spotlight” followed by “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” at 10:30.

“AC360″ will return to the 11pm hour Monday through Thursday, a re-air of the 8pm hour (live in the event of breaking news.) Friday’s at 11pm is reserved for “Death Row Stories.” This will be the schedule for at least the next five weeks.

Late last year, Lemon hosted the limited-run 11pm show “11th Hour” while Erin Burnett was on maternity leave.

Lemon has also been part of the story as of late, getting into a Twitter spat with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett when the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial was announced.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky last night at the premiere of “Chicagoland” he’s fine with his anchors showing emotion.

“I think that what you will find is that our anchors and hosts are still objective and presenting the news,” Zucker says. “Are there occasions where they show their passion, and show their emotion? Yes. And is that fine? Yes. And we’re okay with that.”

Gregg Jarrett Calls Don Lemon ‘Pompous, Pretentious Jerk,’ Lemon Responds ‘Old Man’

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Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett‘s five month twitter silence ended sharply this afternoon with a tirade aimed at CNN’s Don Lemon‘s impassioned reaction to the Michael Dunn verdict yesterday.

As news broke of a verdict on four of five counts in the Jordan Davis murder case, Lemon said he was “pissed” at the “ridiculous” fact that a jury couldn’t come to a consensus on whether Dunn was guilty of  ”murdering a teenager because his music was too damn loud.”

The jury ultimately found Dunn guilty on four counts—including second degree murder—but a mistrial was declared on the first degree murder charge.

Apparently, Jarrett—who covered murder trials at Court TV for years—didn’t like Lemon’s take.

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