Former President George W. Bush — who has largely shunned media appearances in favor of a bit of post-presidency privacy — is poised to appear as a guest next week on “The Tonight Show.”
The ex-commander-in-chief will sit down with host Jay Leno on Nov. 19.
The last time Bush was a guest on the NBC show was back in 2010 during a book tour.
Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told the cable network the 43rd president wanted to swing by the “Tonight Show” set before Leno gives up the host chair next year, saying, “President Bush is going to be in the area next week so he was happy to accept Jay Leno’s invitation to drop by the show one last time.”
Kimmel? He’s got that whole China Controversy going on, which I doubt any president — sitting or otherwise — would want to be involved in.
CNN Said to Be Looking to Drop Piers Morgan for Katie Couric">CNN Said to Be Looking to Drop Piers Morgan for Katie Couric
Not sure if this is more of a statement about Morgan’s ratings, or that Jeff Zucker has long viewed Katie Couric as a career “good luck charm.”
(Zucker began his career as a “Today Show” producer who pushed Couric into the co-anchor chair. Since then, he has been a fixture as executive producer or producer nearly every show she did with the exception when she left for CBS.)
From FTVLive, via Jim Geraghty:
Sources tell FTVLive that CNN Boss Jeff Zucker is “actively looking for a replacement for Piers Morgan.”
Morgan signed a one year extension to his contract and as time winds down, Zucker is looking for someone to takeover his time slot.
Word is that Zucker really wants Katie Couric in that slot. Couric should be available soon as many expect this is the last year her talk show “Katie” will be on the air.
But, CNN sources tell FTVLive that Zucker is not putting all his eggs in the Couric basket. “He’s looking at other people besides Katie,” says our source.
Zucker might have learned a lesson when he planned on putting Erin Burnett on CNN’s new morning show. It blew up in his face, when Burnett balked at going to mornings.
Word is that CNN could offer Morgan another role at the network, most likely something outside of prime time and likely in the late night hours.
Apparently Morgan and his agent are in current talks about either his next role at CNN, or his outright exit all together.
One thing’s for certain, Morgan will not find a home awaiting him on his native Britain. He’s been persona non grata in recent years after his connection to the British media phone hacking scandal was made public in 2011–2012.
He is working in America for a reason after all.
[Note: We may actually be at 10 victims, honestly there is confusion over the count.]
Still waiting for that first state journalist to ask the two female members of the state’s congressional delegation — who also served in the House Progressive Congressional Caucus — on their thoughts on “serial hugger” and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
A ninth woman came has accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, according to a report out Thursday.
Emily Gilbert told Fox 5 San Diego that the 70-year-old Democrat harassed her at a fundraiser where she was hired to sing in December.
“He grabbed me a little too tight, then proceeded to slide his hand down my arm and then did a little grab on my derriere,” Gilbert said. “I didn’t want to make a scene there were kids around.”
She told Fox 5 she tried to laugh it off, but was embarrassed by the crude behavior.
Gilbert’s husband said he felt helpless at the time.
“What was I going to do, he’s the mayor,” said Jason Gilbert.
He called on the mayor to resign and donate to a causes that help women.
Wow, grabs the butt of a woman who’s not his wife — in front of kids! — while her husband’s nearby. Someone tell this man it’s not 1962, and he’s not Don Draper.
In the meantime, Filner’s attorney has argued that since his client’s schedule forced the canceling of his mandatory sexual harassment training. the city is indeed liable and should pay his legal costs. Boy, that will be fun to see argued in court, because nothing improves behavior like training, right?
Filner begins his two weeks of “sex addiction treatment” on Monday. We here wish him the best of luck in his treatment.
Pelosi: I Didn’t Start Congressional Progressive Caucus w/ a Serial Sexual Harasser (Even Though She Did)
You know, if we had actual journalists in this state instead of liberal lickspittles clamoring for jobs inside their offices (Yes, because Christofferson, Rowen, Zielinski and the others were just “anomalies,” right?), this would be the type of thing an enterprising muckraker would ask of Tammy Baldwin, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may have worked alongside former Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) for 10 years in Congress, but now that he’s facing a string of sexual harassment allegations, she isn’t exactly rising to his defense.
During a Thursday roundtable with reporters, Pelosi was touting a new Democratic push on women’s economic success when a reporter mentioned the allegations against Filner, now the mayor of San Diego, describing him as someone who Pelosi used to work with. Indeed, he and Pelosi were founding members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“Don’t identify him as my former colleague,” Pelosi shot back with an agitated look.
Filner is facing allegations of sexual harassment from three of his long-time supporters who are demanding his resignation. San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye has also called for him to be replaced, writing to Filner last week that she had received “credible evidence” that he has harassed more than one woman.
Filner has denied sexually harassing at least three of his former female staffers and claimed to be “a serial hugger” when confronted with past photographs and allegations of being rather close with his female visitors. Meanwhile, this week say his long-time chief of staff — who followed Filner from the House to the mayor’s office — resign suddenly.
As for the Wisconsin trio, all are either current or past member of the “Congressional Progressive Caucus,” and other than the freshman Pocan, worked with Filner during his time in the House.
If every Republican under the sun has to be asked about the actions of every politician they’ve never heard of, but has an “R” after his name, you’d think it’d only be turnabout and fair play if the reverse would ever happen for a Democrat. Is that too much to ask for?