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Morning Media Newsfeed: Martha Stewart Axes 100 | Twitter Faces Backlash | SNL Seeks Black Comic

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Martha Stewart Axed 100 Staffers (NY Post)
The ax started swinging early Thursday morning as home-entertainment diva Martha Stewart fired about 100 people from her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It is the first major move since scrap-metal executive Daniel Dienst was tapped to be the new CEO in late October, sparking speculation — now realized — about major cutbacks. NY Post / Media Ink The layoffs, coming only a week and a half before Christmas, unnerved employees, many of whom left in tears, carrying their belongings in Martha Stewart bags. Stewart spent last week in Miami at Art Basel, the winter playground of the beautiful people, where dozens of private jets landed to party and peruse the international art market. FishbowlNY The downsizing will impact about 25 percent of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s workforce. So if you work there, and were planning on getting Dienst or Stewart a present, perhaps a better idea would be donating money in their names to The Human Fund. WSJ The job cuts follow years of weak financial performance at the company, which has lost money in all but one year of the past 10 due to declines in its TV business and print magazine ad revenue. One person familiar with the layoffs said they were made to bring the company more in line with its current revenues, which have declined sharply in recent years. Adweek One Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia staffer described the current office atmosphere as “really awful,” adding, “It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ‘Weekend Update’ Update | NPR Cuts Staff | New Yorker Gets Makeover


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Cecily Strong Poised to Take Over SNL‘s ‘Weekend Update’ (NY Mag / Vulture)
With SNL head writer Seth Meyers heading for Jimmy Fallon’s job in February, SNL‘s “Weekend Update” is missing its host. That gig is going to Cecily Strong, who joined the show last season and perhaps joined your life as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party. Strong will join Meyers on the desk during the Sept. 28 season premiere. NYT Lorne Michaels said his general plan was to have Strong share the “Update” desk with Meyers for the season’s initial shows and then segue into a solo role later, maybe in the first season — but maybe not. If possible, Michaels would like to see Meyers stay on “Weekend Update” even after he moves to Late Night, starting on Feb. 24. USA Today Meyers tweeted congrats to his new co-anchor Sunday night, saying he was “very excited,” adding, “As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With, it’s prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation.” Variety News of Strong’s move caps one of the busiest off-seasons ever for Michaels’ 39-year-old sketch comedy series. SNL cast members Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen left the series in May, making room for newcomers Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney and Brooks Wheelan, all of whom will join the cast this season.

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Don Pardo Reportedly Sidelined From SNL Announcing With Broken Hip

Don Pardo, the legendary NBC staff announcer, has been the Saturday Night Live voice for every season except one, since its debut in 1975.

So when Pardo, who turned 95 on February 22, is absent from the show, it’s news. He missed the February 16 broadcast, and the next live show, this past weekend.

TMZ reports that Pardo recently suffered a broken hip. The entertainment site says he’s recovering and “doing just fine.”

In an apparent attempt to keep Pardo’s injury hidden, his trademark opening credits were done by someone else in a poor version of a Pardo impression.

NBC has stayed quiet about Pardo’s condition and status with the show. FishbowlNY also attempted to reach Pardo directly.

Beginning two seasons ago, Pardo retired to Arizona, pre-recording the SNL work from his home studio.

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Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live: ‘All the Mavericks in the House Put Your Hands Up!’

We actually only saw the cold open of SNL last night, and were a bit disappointed by Sarah Palin‘s appearance — the Tina Fey walk-by just didn’t live up to…any hype actually. However! Turns out we missed the best part. The Sarah Palin Rap! Amy Poehler should maybe get some kind of record deal for this, but, moreover, turns out Sarah Palin is a great sport. Not necessarily the kind of sport you want a heartbeat away from the presidency, but still. It also bears noting this is a rap done by a very pregnant woman comedian about a female, mother of five, Vice-Presidential candidate. Just saying. Watch the rap below and the opener after the jump.

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Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.