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Crossfire Relaunch Off to Seriously Awkward Start

Critics not impressed with CNN's reboot

(Newser) - CNN’s historic primetime show, Crossfire, relaunched last night with Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter as the political pundits doubling as co-hosts of the show. Both of these political talking heads have seen their fair share of debate from covering election debates to being in them, but that political fire... More »

Meredith Vieira Leaving Today: Sources

Co-host won't renew her contract, say sources

(Newser) - NBC execs are reportedly preparing for a tomorrow without Today host Meredith Vieira. The host is said to be considering leaving the top-rated morning show when her contract expires in December. Viera, 57, is tired of the demanding schedule and wants to spend more time with her husband, who has... More »

Sarah Palin Is Giving Glenn Beck Fits at Fox

She's a hit with the bosses, and he thinks she's eying his slot

(Newser) - Sarah Palin, “the new flavor of the month at Fox,” is gunning for Glenn Beck’s coveted 5pm slot. At least that’s what he seems to think, insiders tell Rob Shuter at PopEater . “All the bosses love her,” one source spills. “She's an incredibly... More »

Leno Headed Back to 11:35; Conan to 12:05

Amid ratings slide, NBC 'committed to keeping Conan O’Brien'

(Newser) - In a plan to boost NBC’s late-night ratings, Jay Leno would go back to his 11:35 time slot, while Conan O’Brien, who replaced Leno last year, will move to 12:05. TMZ first reported the Leno development earlier today, with the New York Times clearing up O’... More »

Stop Sunday 'Coffee Hour,' Start Fact-Checking

Sunday shows should put guests 'at a maximum disadvantage'

(Newser) - How do we give Sunday morning shows some bite when they’d prefer to stick to the role of “amiable, risk-free coffee hour”? One media expert suggests a midweek online fact check of what was said over the weekend—but why wait ‘til Wednesday? asks Jason Linkins... More »

Appendicitis Takes Beck Off Air

Fox host has appendix removed, out indefinitely

(Newser) - Glenn Beck’s appendix accomplished today what the nasty wishes of liberals everywhere couldn’t: It took him off the air. Beck excused himself early from his national radio show; an exec at his production company confirmed the operation. “Before going under Glenn asked the doctor to draw out... More »

What Jay-Z and Glenn Beck Have in Common

Rap and right-wing talk radio are more similar than you might think

(Newser) - After listening to hours of Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin on the radio while driving the Nebraska countryside, a peculiar thought occurred to David Segal: conservative talk-show hosts are surprisingly similar to gangsta rappers, he writes for the New York Times. Consider the parallels:
  • Huge egos. Both groups
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Talk Show Host Grills Blago

Bonnie Hunt tells former governor to take responsibility

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich got unexpectedly tough treatment from Bonnie Hunt on her talk show today, the Chicago Tribune reports. In what was probably supposed to be a routine stop on the former governor’s book tour, Hunt, an Illinois native, instead pressed Blago on why he doesn’t take responsibility for... More »

Imus in Talks With Fox Business

(Newser) - Don Imus is negotiating with Fox Business to broadcast a video simulcast of his morning talk show, the Los Angeles Times reports. Imus had a simulcast deal with MSNBC when his radio show was on CBS, before he referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.... More »

Palin's Not Job-Hunting, Lawyer Says

Soon-to-be-former Alaska governor focused on upcoming book

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has no plans to take a new job, her lawyer tells the Washington Post. Though the departing Alaska governor has received “hundreds of credible offers”—including a pitch for a gig as a talk-show host—she hasn’t pursued any of them except a previously announced... More »

Oprah Cans Columbine Episode

10th anniversary show set for today 'focused too much on the killers'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey canceled an episode of her show commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, set to air today, the New York Post reports. “After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers,” Winfrey said of the scrapped show in a Facebook posting. “... More »

Oprah Denies Snubbing Palin

Palin has so far declined invitation to appear, says talk show queen

(Newser) - Rumors that Sarah Palin hasn't been invited to appear on Oprah are way off the mark, the talk-show queen tells Extra. "I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over," Oprah said. In fact, the Alaska governor seems to be going... More »

Four More Years: O'Reilly Re-Ups

O'Reilly Factor host to dodge 'slings and arrows' and stay on

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly has signed up for 4 more years of controversy at Fox News, the New York Daily News reports. The outspoken host of top-rated cable news show The O'Reilly Factor says he’s staying on because "the good outweighed the bad"—despite the security entourage he must... More »

Maddow Sends MSNBC Ratings Rocketing

Execs thrilled as new host grabs for Larry King's crown

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow has made MSNBC a prime-time contender with dizzying speed, the New York Times reports. The liberal pundit's Rachel Maddow Show more than doubled the network's ratings in the 9 pm slot within days of its debut six weeks ago, and has beaten CNN's Larry King Live among viewers... More »

Backstage Tour Lays Bare Springer Nation

Campy disasters inspire schadenfreude

(Newser) - A backstage tour of The Jerry Springer Show reveals "fundamental truths about the human condition," Kevin Pang writes in the Chicago Tribune. Philanderers and home-wreckers vetted by the show receive star treatment for a day, and insist their tales are true—for the most part. It's "all... More »

Righty Host Furious After McCain Apology

Talking head vows to join Ann Coulter in supporting Clinton

(Newser) - Bill Cunningham has “had it up to here with John McCain,” the conservative talk-show host tells CNN of the likely GOP presidential nominee. By apologizing for Cunningham’s remarks at a McCain rally yesterday—in which Cunningham called Barack Obama a “hack” and repeatedly used his middle... More »

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