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How Bill O’Reilly Fallout Stacks Up Against Previous TV-News Scandals

How Bill O’Reilly Fallout Stacks Up Against Previous TV-News Scandals
Following revelations of multiple sexual-harassment charges against host Bill O’Reilly, Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” is shedding advertisers. By Tuesday evening, major advertisers including Mercedes-Benz USA, Hyundai, BMW North America, Allstate, and T. Rowe Price had pulled their ads from the show.

The exodus of advertisers from cable’s most watched news program was a stunning response to a New York Times report that five women had received payments totaling around $13 million to settle allegations of harassment by O’Reilly. However, it remained unknown whether O’Reilly had been disciplined by the network. Some of the advertisers reallocated inventory to other Fox News programming, while others were non-committal about whether they would keep the ads with the channel.

O’Reilly is not the the first TV newsperson to be embroiled in scandal — but he is the most prominent since NBC’s Brian Williams. The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor was initially suspended from his role
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Dateline: 2015-16 Ratings (Fridays)

It's hard to believe that Dateline has been on the air for 25 seasons. Many anchors have come and gone (remember the Jane Pauley and Stone Phillips days?) but this NBC news program keeps chugging along -- and is sometimes one of the top-rated shows on Friday nights. It's hard to imagine that the series would be cancelled but you never know. Stay tuned.

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Brian Williams: Yet Another Scandal to Erode TV News Cred

Brian Williams: Yet Another Scandal to Erode TV News Cred
Brian Williams isn’t the first prominent TV-news correspondent to get his facts wrong. He may be the first, however, to do it in such an odd fashion.

Williams, who announced over the weekend that he would take a break from anchoring “NBC Nightly News,” is on the grill of public perception due to an admission made last week that he has — on multiple occasions — falsely claimed to have been on a helicopter shot down by enemy fire while on an NBC News reporting trip in Iraq in 2003. His disclosure was made to the newspaper Stars & Stripes after military personnel involved in the incident, in which a rocket-powered grenade downed a Chinook helicopter, took issue with Williams’ story.

Williams’ decision to tell a fish tale of sorts during public appearances and on David Letterman’s “Late Show” puts him in a unique situation. TV correspondents over the years have made some big gaffes,
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Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale

Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale
Stephen Colbert said goodbye to the “Colbert Report” on Thursday night, but fear not — he’s been immortalized.

Colbert, who’s headed to CBS to take over David Letterman’s “Late Show,” announced that he defeated death, before being joined by his famous friends for his final number.

“I was going to say goodbye, but now that I’ll live forever, who knows,” he said, before breaking out into song.

Jon Stewart first took the stage for “We’ll Meet Again” with Randy Newman at the piano. Tom Brokaw, James Franco, Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Jeff Daniels, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bob Costas, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and even Big Bird and Cookie Monster sang along, among others, bidding adieu to Colbert. (A full list is posted below the video.)

Colbert will take a seat on the “Late Show,” sometime in 2015 after Letterman’s final May 20 episode.
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6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin

6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin
While Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death is the most recent to make headlines, heroin claimed the lives of many beloved artists, including Cory Monteith, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix and Chris Farley. Other stars - from Angelina Jolie and Nicole Richie to Samuel L. Jackson - have admitted to dabbling if not struggling with the drug. And many have offered chilling personal accounts of their heroin use. Here are six celebrities who have shared their experiences with the dangerous drug over the years: Russell BrandNearly 11 years sober, Brand has been very open about his struggles with heroin in an effort
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Happy Birthday, Ellen! 55 Reasons We Love Her

Happy Birthday, Ellen!  55 Reasons We Love Her
Ellen DeGeneres is one of those women who seems ageless. Her energy, kindness and ability to make us laugh evidently have no bounds. However, Ellen is, in fact, mortal, and her 55th birthday is January 26th.

The celebrations started early on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" -- readers sent in virtual gifts, and Ellen played a slideshow of her unbelievably adorable baby photos. And let's not forget the birthday cake.

Recently we commemorated Michelle Obama's 49th birthday with a list of 49 things we love about the first lady, and we created a similar list for Hillary Clinton when she turned 65 in October. It's only fitting that we give Ellen the tribute she deserves, too.

So here's our list, 55 reasons to love Ellen Degeneres on her 55th:

1. She finally brought Kristen Bell a sloth. After Bell revealed her sloth-related 31st birthday breakdown on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in early 2012, Ellen joked
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Exclusive Interview: Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.

As promised, here are Parts I and II of an interview conducted by the webmaster of No Fact Zone, Db Ferguson, with the star of the Comedy Central show ‘The Colbert Report’, Stephen Colbert. The first part of the interview was conducted on Tuesday, May 17th, and the second part on Thursday, May 19th.

(Photo Credit – Mark Malkoff, backstage at the Colbert Report, October 20, 2008)

Part I (5/17/2011)

Db: You spoke with Terry Gross a while ago about being an altar boy at midnight mass, and “that guy” has said he that was an altar boy for 11 years, and I’m just curious if you, the real Stephen, were actually an altar boy for that long?

Sc: Yes I was. I started as an altar boy in 2nd grade, I was 7 years old. And I was pretty steadily an altar boy until my sophomore year. I think my junior and senior year
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I’ve Had The Time of My Life

I’ve been asked to do a “best of” sort of post to close things out. My best of is sort of a “behind the scenes” experience that brought me to this site a long while ago.

So, where to begin?

Although I’ve only been a Completist a short while here, I’ve been a lurker and a follower of No Fact Zone for quite a while. I used my LiveJournal account as a means to follow Nfz ever since a memorable event, not only in my experience as a fan, but also as a milestone in the progress of the show itself: Rock and Awe: Countdown to Guitarmageddon! It all began with the first ever green screen challenge, followed by the coattail riding antics of the Decemberists and the subsequent rivalry that ensued. It culminated with the final show on December 20th, 2006 – a show that sealed the The
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Fangirl Suit Report: Week of February 14, 2011

Hi-yay! Zoners! Well, we are all recovering from traumatizing Sir Dick impression and the General Butterbean near death experience. Wonderful to have Christiane Amanpour visiting and doing the interview assist. Sad that Christiane Aman-purr couldn’t make it; evidently, her exposure to Mr. C pushed her into heat and she was humping everything back stage – lucky, puss. Evidently, Stephen really can “still play feline” and yes, “unbelievably adorable” does come to mind. Luckily, Stephen won the whale debate so just call him Ishmael. Let’s have a whale of a time. No need to audit Stephen’s books; he is a particularly astute Executive Producer and can do more than read a teleprompter – fellah!

Parsimoniously, Occam’s Razor personified – Simply, Stephen Colbert is the most handsome and funny. This is not an unsubstantiated rumor and no evidence I am not right! Truly a river unto his people!

Monday, February 14, 2011

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Episode 7013 (1/24/2011) – Charlie Rose

Episode Number: 7013 (January 24, 2011)

Guests: Charlie Rose

Segments: Stephen Rejects Keith Olbermann’s Power, The Word – Coverage of Denial, Art Stephen Up Challenge – Banksy

Videos: Monday, January 24, 2011

The firing of Keith Olbermann has sent waves of disbelief in, okay who are we kidding, no one. But Olbermann will be missed by many. At least we have the solace of having Keith Olbermugg to give us comfort. And the way Stephen was bound and determined to get the “Am I canceled?” line out without a character break was both heroic and adorkable. Stephen being Banksy explains his effortless and inspiring portraits of Snoopy. Not sure what made Stephen break down into that beautiful smile right after the art segment, but thank you to whichever ‘Colbert Report’ editor left it in.

If you’ve never seen it, you can watch the Charlie Rose interview with Stephen Colbert on CharlieRose.com. I love interviews
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Attorney Ronald Konecky dies at 80

Ronald Konecky, an attorney who represented some of the biggest names in the TV news business, died Thursday in New York. He was 80.

Konecky's clients included Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt, Roone Arledge, Morley Safer, Stone Phillips, Barbara Walters, Harry Smith, Don Ohlmeyer, Roger Goodman and Rick Kaplan. He also represented Frank Gifford, Alec Baldwin, Budd Schulberg, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Konecky served on the boards of the American Theatre Wing and the New Dramatists with his wife, Isobel Robins-Konecky, a Tony-nominated producer.

Konecky was counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz for the past 25 years.

In 1962, he co-founded Hardee Barovick Konecky and Braun, an entertainment law firm with more than 200 lawyers and offices in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, Calif.

A graduate of the University of Arizona and Harvard University, Konecky began his legal career at McA Artists, the most prominent entertainment talent agency in the U.
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In Pictures: '8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala'

Brittany Snow attending the 8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala at Guastavino's in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Sheila Nevins attending the 8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala at Guastavino's in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Kristy Cates attending the 8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala at Guastavino's in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Stone Phillips attending the 8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala at Guastavino's in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Heather Matarazzo attending the 8th Annual Jed Foundation Gala at Guastavino's in New York City. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos.
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NBC News cuts 15-20 jobs

NEW YORK -- NBC News will cut about 1% of its work force, or about 15-20 jobs, throughout the division.

Final decisions haven't been made, but the cuts likely will start Friday and continue through the middle of next week. Some of the 15 or 20 jobs will be buyouts; the others will be layoffs. NBC News has about 2,000 employees between the network news division and its cable channel, MSNBC.

No on-air talent will be affected, unlike the last round that led to the contracts of several -- including anchors John Siegenthaler and Stone Phillips -- not being renewed. The cuts would lead to a savings of less than $20 million a year.

The cuts will be felt at several places, including NBC Nightly News and Today as well as MSNBC. They're not related to the 750 or so jobs cut late last year in a reorganization of the news division.

"There's an ongoing process at NBC News to reallocate, reorganize and right-size the division given the business pressures that every major media organization is facing," NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust said.

NBC drops 'Dateline' co-anchor Phillips

NEW YORK -- Cuts at NBC News reached to another on-air talent with the impending departure of Dateline co-anchor Stone Phillips.

Phillips' contract will not be renewed, leaving Today co-host Ann Curry as the sole anchor of the NBC newsmagazine that recently was renewed for Saturdays in the fall and Sundays after football. Phillips had been with Dateline for 15 years.

"I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the 'Dateline' family," Phillips said. "This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

Phillips' departure is one of several cuts mandated by corporate that have hit NBC News, most recently the departure of John Siegenthaler from the anchor chair of the weekend NBC Nightly News. NBC decided that in the new TV environment it couldn't justify keeping someone whose primary job was anchoring the weekend news.

NBC said this month that Today co-host Lester Holt would stay longer and anchor the weekend news (HR 5/10).

NBC to mark Sept. 11 with news, specials

NEW YORK -- NBC and its networks will provide a full-court press of coverage on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, calling on current NBC News journalists as well as former anchor Tom Brokaw and former "Today" co-host Jane Pauley. "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer will broadcast live from the site of the World Trade Center and will be joined by Brokaw. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, survivors of the attacks and emergency personnel who were at the scene will also appear in the program. At 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Pauley will update her "Dateline" report broadcast in 2001 on United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Pittsburgh as passengers tried to regain control of the plane from hijackers. New interviews and audio tapes will accompany Pauley's report. NBC will reach into the vault Sept. 9 to replay Brokaw's "America Remembers: 9/11 Controllers" at 8 p.m. Brokaw had interviewed 20 air traffic controllers who dealt with the four hijacked planes that day. Then "Dateline" will have a special that aired in 2001 called "The Miracle of Ladder Company No. 6," a Stone Phillips report of the firefighters and an office worker who were rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center's North Tower after it collapsed.

NBC to mark Sept. 11 with news, specials

NEW YORK -- NBC and its networks will provide a full-court press of coverage on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, calling on current NBC News journalists as well as former anchor Tom Brokaw and former "Today" co-host Jane Pauley. "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer will broadcast live from the site of the World Trade Center and will be joined by Brokaw, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, survivors of the attacks and emergency personnel who were at the scene. At 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Pauley will update her "Dateline" report broadcast in 2001 on United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Pittsburgh as passengers tried to regain control of the plane from hijackers. New interviews and audio tapes will accompany Pauley's report. NBC will reach into the vault Sept. 9 to replay Brokaw's "America Remembers: 9/11 Controllers" at 8 p.m. Brokaw had interviewed 20 air traffic controllers who dealt with the four hijacked planes that day. Then "Dateline" will have a special that aired in 2001 called "The Miracle of Ladder Company No. 6," a Stone Phillips report of the firefighters and an office worker who were rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center's North Tower after it collapsed.

"Unwell" David Gest Grants Interview

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Liza Minnelli's estranged husband David Gest's alleged ill health has been brought into question again, after he managed to grant an interview even though he's too unwell to attend a divorce hearing. Producer Gest, who is currently in Hawaii, claims he suffered permanent injuries as a result of his wife's "drunken rages" and cannot fly to the New York courts where lawyers are dissolving the short-lived union. But Gest has spoken to American network NBC's Stone Phillips in an interview due to air on Dateline next month. He says, "Hopefully my health will come back together, but if this is the way I have to live, I could never forgive her, because I have too much to create. I don't wanna live on shots and pills. No one deserves that. No one who's been so good to somebody and who cared so much and helped bring them back and really loved them, with all their heart, deserves that. I don't wish her ill will. In fact, I hope she goes to bigger heights than I took her to. But she won't unless she quits smoking, she watches her weight and doesn't drink. And that's a tall order for Liza Minnelli. She's 57 years old. And not great odds."

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