ABC News anchor and “The View” host Barbara Walters did not like her colleague Jimmy Kimmel‘s joke about her at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
“16 years ago there was no Facebook, there was no Google and a tweet was something Barbara Walters gave her dog,” Kimmel quipped at the dinner, with the camera panning to Walters, who was smiling, but not laughing.
Walters discussed the joke on “The View” this morning.
“If you look at me, I was laughing too. But I did not like Jimmy Kimmel — who was very funny — but I did not like what he said about me.”
People across the country today participated in “Spirit Day,” wearing purple as a sign of support for LGBT youth. The movement, started by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, counted several visible people as champions of the anti-bullying cause: morning anchors, evening anchors and cable anchors on several networks were color-coordinated today.
Yesterday Fox News host Bill O’Reilly made a pair of high-profile media appearances to promote his new book Killing Lincoln. O’Reilly returned to “The View,” his first appearance on the program since the infamous walkout last October. To ensure it wouldn’t happen again, co-host Whoopi Goldberg literally buckled herself into her seat before the interview. It ended up being a fairly cordial, if occasionally heated, interview. One of the things O’Reilly addressed was his comments earlier this month that he “has more power than anybody other than the President.”
Then yesterday evening, O’Reilly returned to one of his favorite stomping grounds: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where they talked about just about everything in an extended interview, including O’Reilly’s threat to quit if President Obama’s tax plan passes:
Former “Today” and “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric made her ABC debut this morning as a guest co-host on “The View.” Couric talked a little bit about what viewers can expect from her talk show when it debuts in Fall, 2012. Couric revealed that she has begun work on some items for ABC News
“This week is my first week at ABC News, I will be doing some pieces and profiles for the news division during my gap year, so to speak.”
As for the tone and subject matter her program will cover:
“I think it’s really going to be a little bit of everything. We’re going to tackle some serious subjects because the world, as we know is very complicated and confusing at times and then we’re going to have a lot of fun, too., so it’s a mix.”
The commentariat is reacting to Glenn Beck‘s latest controversial comments — this time about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. On his radio show yesterday Beck said: “I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes — well I’m not not saying that either!
“What God does is God’s business, I have no idea. But I’ll tell you this — whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’”
The comments got the ladies of “The View” going this morning. Whoopi Goldberg: “If this is because we’re misbehaving and God is pissed. I would check the mirror Glenn.” Also, HLN host Joy Behar was confused about whether Pat Robertson is still alive. He is.
‘Tis the season for Top 10 lists. And TV critic Ed Martin will compile his 10 Best TV Shows of 2010 next week, but today in HuffPo he picks his Alternative Ten Best. On the list: The Fourth Hour of the “Today” show:
What the heck is this show doing on a top ten list, you ask? It’s here because the fourth hour of Today is the most enjoyable and viewer friendly live program on daytime television. Live with Regis and Kelly is too rigidly structured to permit true spontaneity, The View is just too distressing to sit through (it went fantastically off the rails when co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg gave in to their tempers and huffed off the set because guest Bill O’Reilly made a remark they objected to) and The Talk has yet to become anything special. In contrast, sparkling, self-deprecating co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb took the tail end of Today and turned it into an hour of fresh, fast-paced, irresistible fun.
“I don’t care about ‘The Simpsons,’ but I think it’s really funny that FOX broadcasting takes shots at Fox News, which basically is paying the bills. Fox News makes so much money that it caries a lot of the other divisions of News Corporation, including the broadcast division.”