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Bill O’Reilly on Whitney Houston, Ellen DeGeneres and ‘What’s Up With That?’

Bill O’Reilly is on the West Coast, and after taping his show in LA yesterday, he dropped by “The Tonight Show.” O’Reilly and Jay Leno talked politics, including what might come up at tonight’s CNN debate: “CNN is definitely going to bear-bait him into this contraception thing, there’s no doubt,” said O’Reilly of Rick Santorum. And on whether Sarah Palin might jump into the race: “The governor is happy where she is, making a fortune on the Fox News Channel and shooting moose, or doing whatever she’s doing,” O’Reilly joked.

Leno and O’Reilly also talked about the coverage of the death of Whitney Houston, O’Reilly’s defense of Ellen DeGeneres and his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” during “What’s Up with That?” Watch:

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Cable Networks Cover Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Whitney Houston‘s funeral is underway at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.

CNN’s coverage began at 11amET with Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan and Don Lemon anchoring from Newark. Lemon described the scene outside the church, where the streets have been blocked off since last night, as filled with “hordes of media from all over the country, from Germany, from China, everywhere.”

On Fox News, Jon Scott said Houston’s “near-perfect voice brought tears and joy to people around the world.” Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchored from New York, with Kelly Wright reporting from Newark.

MSNBC’s coverage, anchored by Alex Witt, began at 12pmET following this morning’s debut of “Melissa Harris-Perry.” Craig Melvin, reporting from Newark, did a live interview with Shaun Robinson, the “Access Hollywood” reporter who was the last person to interview Houston.

HLN’s coverage — anchored by Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks, with Jane Velez-Mitchell and AJ Hammer in Newark — begun at 9amET and has featured a series of retrospectives on Houston’s life.

About 1500 people, including ABC’s Diane Sawyer, are attending the service.

Specials on Whitney Houston Ahead of Tonight’s Grammy Awards

The day-long coverage of the death of Whitney Houston will culminate on CBS tonight with the Grammy awards where there will be a simple tribute to Houston who died yesterday in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The Grammy’s opened with Bruce Springsteen singing his new single, “We Take Care of Our Own.” Host LL Cool J then opened the  show with a prayer, and a video tribute of Houston singing “I Will Always Love You” from an earlier Grammy awards ceremony.

Just before the Grammy’s, on “60 Minutes” Anderson Cooper led off his interview with singer Adele with the news of Houston’s death. Meanwhile on NBC, “Dateline” was devoting an hour to Houston and on CNN, Don Lemon, who anchored breaking coverage last night from Atlanta, anchored an hour-long special from Los Angeles which included a live news conference from the LA County chief coroner.

Fox News’s “Geraldo At Large” will dedicate much of his show tonight to coverage of Houston’s death.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced tonight it will air “Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview” Thursday at 9pmET/PT. The special will include Houston’s final in-depth interview, which first aired on Winfrey’s daytime show in September, 2009.

CBS Scoops Itself, As Adele Sings for Anderson Cooper

Tonight CBS will televise the Grammy Awards, which will feature a tribute to Whitney Houston, a new song from Bruce Springsteen and  the long-awaited return of Adele, who hasn’t sung since the Fall due to vocal chord surgery. Right before the Grammys CBS will air a new episode of “60 Minutes,” in which Anderson Cooper profiles the singer.

Friday morning “CBS This Morning” previewed the piece, and ended up scooping itself, as Adele sang “Rolling in the Deep” a capella for Cooper. In other words, Adele’s first public song was not on the Grammys, or even “60 Minutes,” but “CBS This Morning.”

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Whitney Houston’s Death and the Other ‘Ray’

During the early coverage of the death of Whitney Houston, around 8:40pmET, CNN entertainment reporter Alan Duke reported that singer Ray J. had discovered Houston’s body in her room at the Beverly Hilton. He sourced the news to a close friend of the hiphop artist. But a few minutes later, after hearing from Ray J.’s publicist, Duke went on the air to report that Ray J. “was nowhere near there when Whitney died.”

Apparently, someone from NBC was listening to Duke’s report because at 9:07, Jinah Kim reported on MSNBC, “sources are reporting Ray J. might have been in the room with her.” Websites followed.

Finally, about a half hour later, around 9:25, Duke came back on the air to report “it was another Ray… It was the bodyguard for Whitney Houston whose first name happens to be Ray who discovered her body,” said Duke. Anchor Don Lemon thanked Duke for clearing it up, adding “When we have these situations in the initial reporting there’s always things coming in.”

Yes. That’s true. But a little more caution in vetting that information can prevent bad reporting on your network, or even others.

TV News Coverage of the Death of Whitney Houston

The news of the death of Whitney Houston broke at 7:57pmET, when the Associated Press sent a breaking news alert and Tweet announcing the news. The cable news networks began covering the story moments later, without yet knowing a cause of death or where she was when she died. Houston was 48 years old.

MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 8:07pmET. Paige Hopkins anchored live coverage which included additional information from entertainment reporter Courtney Hazlett.

CNN broke into “Black in America” at 8:11pm, with Don Lemon anchoring. Larry King phoned in and gave his thoughts, comparing Houston to Judy Garland who died at the age of 47, a year younger than Houston. “People should not die young,” said King. King also mentioned he’s attending Clive Davis‘s Grammy party tonight and would report tomorrow on reaction from guests. Davis was Houston’s mentor.

Fox News Channel ran a lower third graphic with the news as the pre-taped “Huckabee” aired. Update: Harris Faulkner broke in to “Huckabee” at 8:28pmET and began continuing coverage. After running an obituary story on Houston’s life, the newschannel took live shots from LA station KTTV FOX11, which hovered over the Beverly Hilton hotel, reportedly where Houston died and where the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party is to be held tonight. Judge Jeanine Pirro is covering the story in the 9pmET hour and Faulkner returns for live coverage from 10pm-1amET.

> More: ABC News aired a special report at 8:12pm, which, in the Eastern and Central time zones interrupted a Charlie Brown special. Anchor David Muir told viewers, “we want to alert parents who might have children in the room,” before reporting Houston’s death. Muir then updated the “World News” broadcast for the West Coast leading with the news at 5:30pmPT. “NBC Nightly News” updated with Jinah Kim in the Los Angeles bureau at 5:43pmPT. The “CBS Evening News” updated the West Coast versions of their newscast at 5:45pmPT and ran a crawl across the network earlier, at 8:12pmET.

> More: MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton phoned into the network to share his thoughts as he’s known Houston for 20 years. He phoned into CNN later, around 9:30pm.

> More: Piers Morgan joined CNN’s coverage just before 10pmET and interviewed Simon Cowell who said he was “very upset” by the news. He also cleared up rumors that Houston was being considered for a spot as a judge on the “X-Factor.” “When people want to be on one

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