ABC, CBS, and CBS all interrupted programming around 4pmET this afternoon as Hosni Mubarak addressed the people of Egypt. For ABC, Diane Sawyer anchored from New York with Christiane Amanpour in Cairo. For CBS, Harry Smith anchored from New York and Katie Couric made her first appearance from Cairo, having arrived a short time ago. And for NBC, Brian Williams anchored from Cairo where he broadcast “Nightly News” last evening and will again tonight. ABC’s report went the longest wrapping up around 4:13pm and included George Stephanopoulos on set with Sawyer.
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Keith Olbermann was backstage last night (Update: This clip is from 2008) on “Late Show with David Letterman” with stage manager Biff Henderson just in case “anything happens” to Letterman — referring to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Letterman affirmed that if something does happen, “we got a guy backstage who will step right into my shoes.” This is CBS’ second late night mention of the former MSNBC host.
ABC’s Barbara Walters was a guest on “Live! with Regis and Kelly” this morning to discuss her upcoming special on heart surgery. Walters told Regis Philbin and guest co-host Joy Philbin that the special is important, because most people are “terrified of open heart surgery.”
When Philbin said that the girls on “The View” don’t fight as much anymore, Walters was quick to say “We don’t fight. We discuss.”
Walters also had some interesting things to say about the situation in Egypt — Hosni Mubarak in particular: “That kind of instability can be very scary, and we don’t know who’s going to take over.” She goes on to say that Mubarak should be given “some sort of safe haven” no matter what happens.
As the crisis in Egypt continues — covered nearly non-stop on the 24-hour cable news networks this afternoon — we heard the first comments from Pres. Hosni Mubarak announcing that he’s asked his government to step down while defending his security forces’ crackdown on protesters. CNN began carrying Mubarak’s comments, translated from Arabic to English, at 5:17pmET (12:17am Saturday in Cairo). MSNBC began carrying Mubarak’s statement as well during “Hardball” but did not have a translator in place until after a commercial break. Fox News, with Shepard Smith pre-empting “Glenn Beck,” carried the comments with translation beginning at 5:20pm.
• Earlier on TVNewser: Networks, Cablers Rush to Cover Egypt Clashes