Daily Commentary – Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – Why On Earth Would Any Media Waste Time on How Donald Trump Eats KFC?
- One thing for sure, both Donald Trump and KFC welcome the free publicity!
WOW … SKIP BAYLESS LEAVES ESPN AFTER 12 YEARS …
Little by little, the talent is leaving ESPN. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Skip Bayless is moving to Fox Sports 1 after a 12 year run with ESPN. Bayless will have a new daily program starting September 6 and as Bayless opines, will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN. Bayless stated, there were “too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless went on to say that “it’s a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along.” Actually that is where Bayless is incorrect. Its not because its Disney that politcal correctness has taken over ESPN, its because ESPN has become yet another left-wing media outlet. Bayless’ contract with Fox Sports is rumored to be north of $25 million. Which begs the question, how does anyone make this kind of money for doing so very little? And we wonder why all in the media don’t get working Americans.
Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith: First Take
“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” says the outspoken host, who leaves the Disney-owned network after 12 years for a new show that will launch Sept. 6.
Skip Bayless says his move to Fox Sports 1 — with a new daily program that is set to bow Sept. 6 — will allow him to remove the “handcuffs” he’s been compelled to wear at ESPN, where he hosted the popular ESPN2 program First Take with Stephen A. Smith.
“Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful,” Bayless tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview officially revealing his move. “It’s a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along. Not that we won’t have boundaries at Fox, because we will. [But] they will trust me to go a little deeper. I can be completely honest on everything.”
The long-rumored announcement is expected to be made Monday from Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz, who had oversight of First Take while he was a vp at ESPN. And Bayless’ FS1 show will air from 10 a.m. to noon, going head-to-head with First Take. (Max Kellerman debuted July 25 as Smith’s new co-host.)
Skip Bayless is just the most recent of many who have bolted from EPSN. The list conyains the likes of Curt Schilling, Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd, Keith Olbermann again, Jason Whitlock, and probably the most talented of all, Mike Tirico to NBC.
WHY DON’T YOU JUST FIRE BERT AND ERNIE TOO? HOW ABOUT BIG BIRD AND ELMO?
What a sad day for Sesame Street and those that have watched the show since its inception. Sesame Street has axed long time cast members Bob McGrath, (a.k.a. “Bob”), Emilio Delgado (who played “Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) as part of its re-tooling for HBO. Shameful. As reported at The NY Times, McGrath, a member of the original cast in 1969, played the music teacher Bob, and sang some of the show’s most beloved songs, including “People in Your Neighborhood.” His departure leaves Loretta Long, who plays Susan, as the only remaining member of the original human cast. Sad, truly sad. I was actually of that demographic of the original Sesame Street broadcasts. What a great loss and a sad day for the show that some short minded execs think that the original cast members can’t relate to today’s youth.
Sesame Street, the 46-year-old award-winning children’s show, cut three of its most senior cast members earlier this year, according to one of the actors that was released.
At a Q&A event at the Florida Supercon on July 2, Bob McGrath, a.k.a. “Bob,” informed the audience that he, Emilio Delgado (who played “Luis”) and Roscoe Orman (“Gordon”) were all released from the show as part of its re-tooling for HBO.
“As of this season, I have completed my 45th season this year. And the show has gone under a major turnaround, going from an hour to a half hour. HBO has gotten involved also. And they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka — who is probably 20 years younger than the rest of us — and Chris Knowings, who is also young,” McGrath said. (His statement can be heard on the Muppet-centric podcast The MuppetCast, which broke this story.)
According to McGrath, the show will keep Loretta Long, who has played Susan, Gordon’s wife, since the beginning of the show.
McGrath, 84, had been with the Sesame Street cast since the show’s inception in 1969 — one of only two of the original cast members still with the show until this year. Formerly a successful singer in Japan, McGrath sang on many of the show’s early hit songs, such as “People in Your Neighborhood”:
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – So What Cable Network Has Done The Best at Covering the Conventions?
- I’m partial to Fox News, but some say CNN or MSNBC are covering them better
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – So Do You Think O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta Will Leave With Ailes?
- They have clauses in their contracts that allow them to leave but will they?