In her interview with Fox News’ Howie Kurtz yesterday, Barbara Walters talked about why “The View” has barely covered political news of late. “‘The View’ is a daytime show. A lot of people do get their news from ‘The View,’ but it’s supposed to be entertaining, upbeat,” Walters said. “I didn’t think the shutdown was either entertaining or upbeat.” Watch:
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Walters and Kurtz discussed her upcoming retirement, what she wants her legacy to be and Jenny McCarthy‘s new role on “The View.” They also discussed the current state of “20/20,” the show that Walters anchored until 2004.
“20/20 now is not the news magazine that it was. It’s very popular but it’s much more theme and crime oriented, and so the news magazine per se doesn’t exist,” Walters said. “So that the kinds of interviews I did, I would probably put them on Good Morning America. We don’t have the same programs and we don’t have the same need for those in-depth political interviews that we used to have.”
Walters and Fox News have a historically friendly relationship: in Zev Chafets‘ biography of Roger Ailes, the Fox News CEO detailed his longtime friendship with Walters. He also appeared on “This Week” in 2010 when Walters guest hosted the program.
Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.
We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.
Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.
“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”
“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.
FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane was joined by Star Jones for her weekly lunch at Michael’s yesterday. The former “The View” host – who Clehane reports is “more determined than ever to forge her own path” — reveals a few details about a new television project she’s involved with:
“I don’t think the single-host format will be successful any longer. The time for those shows has passed,” [Jones] said. “I think people want to tune in and see a group of people with some real diversity and that are relatable.” Does that mean Star has a new talk show in the pipeline? Yup. “I can’t say much, but I can tell you exclusively I shot the pilot on Sunday and it’s multi-host – the opportunity came to me when I was in the middle of a million things — and I’m more excited about this than I’ve been in long time. It’s right in my wheel house.”
- Former CBS “Early Show” EP Zev Shalev has joined WPIX in New York. Shalev will EP the 5-hour morning show at the CW affiliate. Shalev was hired by WPIX news director and former MSNBC VP Mark Effron.
- Chris Matthews‘ latest book, “Tip and the Gipper” comes out Tuesday. The 448-pager delves into the relationship between ideological opposites Pres. Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Matthews was an aide to O’Neill for 6 years.
Lew Wood, a former CBS News and NBC News reporter and anchor, has died. Wood, 84 died of kidney failure Thursday. Wood was a correspondent with CBS News when, in 1963, he covered a speech by Pres. John F. Kennedy in Ft. Worth, TX. A few hours later, Kennedy would be assassinated.
Wood moved on to NBC and, in 1975, replaced Frank Blair, an original member of the show. Wood anchored alsongside Barbara Walters and Jim Hartz as well as Gene Shalit. He would leave after a year and be replaced by Floyd Kalber.
After leaving “Today,” he worked in public relations.
Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:
“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”
Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.
“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”
For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.
- Barbara Walters and Brian Ross are following the story of Paul Fronczak, the man who was believed to be a baby stolen from a Chicago hospital 50 years ago, until he took a DNA test. Walters and Ross try to figure out his true background. More below.
- Keith Olbermann will return to ESPN’s “SportsCenter” for the first time in 16 years tonight. Olbermann will deliver an “essay” (not a “special comment) on Alex Rodriguez.
- The Weather Channel has named Scott Tufts director of content development. Tufts is a veteran of CNN, HLN and TruTV, where he most recently led its live trial coverage “In Session.”
Royal baby mania has not subsided, simply because the future monarch has been born.
A number of specials about the birth are still set to air today and through the week.
Tonight ABC News will air a special “20/20″ at 10 PM, with Barbara Walters anchoring. “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” will also feature Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and London correspondent Lama Hasan.
The BBC is planning stateside coverage as well. BBC World News, the 24-hour cable news channel operated by the BBC, will air a documentary called “Born To Be King” a number of times today, anchored by Sophie Raworth. The BBC special will air at 8:30, 14:30 and 20:30 (Greenwich mean Time). There is also special coverage on bbc.com/royalbaby.
Last night NBC aired a special hour-long ”Dateline,” anchored by Natalie Morales.
It is worth noting that so far CBS News has avoided any special baby coverage, instead choosing to cover it as part of its normal news programming.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a new royal heir. Princess Catherine and Prince William are parents to a baby boy, weighing in at eight pounds, six ounces.
Although the news was scheduled to be announced via an official document posted to an easel in front of Buckingham Palace, royal officials sent a press release with the news at 3:31 pmET. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all reported the news as soon as the press release arrived, with Max Foster reporting on CNN, Amy Kellogg on Fox News and Jim Maceda on MSNBC.
NBC News and ABC News both produced special reports beginning at 3:30 p.m. Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Natalie Morales at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and Keir Simmons at Buckingham Palace. David Muir anchored on ABC, with Amy Robach at St. Mary’s and Barbara Walters and Dr. Jennifer Ashton contributing from the New York studio.
>Update: Morales will anchor a “Dateline” special from London at 10pmET tonight.