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Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

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Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

Howie Kurtz Interviews Barbara Walters For ‘MediaBuzz’

Howie Kurtz and Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters sat down this week with Fox News’ Howie Kurtz for an interview that will air on “MediaBuzz” Sunday.

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.

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

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.

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Robin Roberts Named to Us Weekly’s Stylish New Yorkers List

Us Weekly has named “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts one of New York’s most stylish people.

“Working on a morning show, we inspire what a lot of women will wear that day. While Diane Sawyer just rolls out of bed looking stylish, I’m no different than any other woman who has no idea what to wear, so thank God for my stylist Diandre Tristan!” Roberts said. “I know the DVF and Chiara Boni dresses in my closet that will always look fabulous on me, but he can pick things out that may look terrible on a hanger but look great on air.”

Also on the 2013 edition of the annual list: Bravo’s Andy Cohen, “Live!” co-host Michael Strahan (who says his favorite clothing item is the jersey he wore when the Giants beat the Patriots in the 2007 Superbowl) and newly-minted “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy.

Gretchen Carlson’s Final ‘Fox & Friends’ is Friday

Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has joined Twitter. And her first Tweet was about her last day on “Fox & Friends.” It’s this Friday. She’ll be anchoring a  new show at a later time in a few weeks. Carlson calls the move, “bittersweet but exciting.” Today is also the 25th anniversary of Carlson being crowned Miss America.

Former “The View” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is joining “Fox & Friends” as co-host Monday.  Meanwhile, Jenny McCarthy made her debut on “The View” yesterday.

Controversy Surrounds Jenny McCarthy Hire On ‘The View’

As we noted this week, actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining ABC’s “The View” in the Fall. The addition may have seemed innocuous at first, but has in fact resulted in a firestorm of controversy.

At issue is this: McCarthy is an advocate for the idea that childhood vaccinations are the root cause of Autism, an idea that has been thoroughly discredited by the medical community. Moreover, in communities where vaccination rates have slipped, diseases that have long vanished are springing up again, like measles and whooping cough.

As it happens, after the McCarthy announcement, ABC News chief medical editor Richard Besser took to Twitter to show his support for vaccinations:
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Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host Of ‘The View’

Following the news that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving “The View” to join Fox News, Barbara Walters insisted, “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.”

Well, apparently a week was long enough, as Walters announced today that actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining the program in September. The announcement was made on “The View” today.

“Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” Walters said in a statement. “She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view.”

Co-host Joy Behar will also be leaving the show later this Summer.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye To Her Colleagues At ‘The View’

Today was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on “The View.” Later this year she will join Fox News as the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open this morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters.

“Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. “I was not the first person to sit in this chair, and I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own… now let’s get to work!”

Hasselbeck also spoke briefly about her “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard, as well as EP Bill Geddie.

Walters was also emotional, so much so that she fumbled her words a little bit while praising Hasselbeck.

“I am a little emotional, or as that other Barbra [Streisand] sometimes says, I am a little verklempt, because it was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network,” Walters said. “I want what is best for you, and you know how I feel about you, and, I am happy that you are going… No I am not happy that you are going! I am happy that it is good for you.”

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ESPN Debuting New Baseball Tonight Studio

Baseball Tonight is debuting a new 5,000-square-foot studio during this evening’s 10 p.m. broadcast. The state-of-the-art studio is the largest sport-specific studio at ESPN and includes an expansive demonstration area, allowing plenty of room for John Kruk to demonstrate how to go from first to third on routine singles.

The new studio houses 19 40-inch LCD monitors and seven 70-inch LCD, all of which can feed separate video streams. The anchor desk contains three seamless monitors which can include graphics, headshots and logos. There are two LED displays (8 feet, 6 inches by 12 feet, 6 inches), which can showcase standings, results and editorially-driven graphics.

“The new set is cutting edge, functional and a unique blend of contemporary and traditional design, much like the game,” Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice President and executive producer. “We’re excited by the opportunities it offers to enhance the viewer experience.”

Not sure why they released the Front Row video above, because all it shows is Kruk, Bobby Valentine and others traipsing through an unfinished work site.

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