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Twas The Night Before Oscars On FOX

Reported by Deborah - March 3, 2006

It's that time of year again on FOX and for Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson this was their last chance to get their digs in before the Academy Awards on Sunday. Bill McCuddy is one busy guy right now appearing on both The Big Story and The O'Reilly Factor to talk about Sunday's big event. McCuddy's job was to make sure FOX viewers got so turned off they wouldn't want to watch the Oscars and of course, it was O'Reilly's chance to zing his friend George Clooney.

O'Reilly wanted to know if it was going to be "a bash Bush fest" with liberal Jon Stewart hosting and George Clooney nominated. He asked McCuddy if it will be "bombs away or polite".

McCuddy thought it would be polite even though they will be allowed to make political statements. He told Bill that "Hollywood is a lot more conservative than you think" adding that the "liberal litmus test" will be the fate of Brokeback Mountain. McCuddy thought this Academy Awards would have the lowest ratings ever claiming that people will tune in for the first 1/2 hour looking for a big Daily Show and then get bored.

O'Reilly then singled out his favorite guy George Clooney.
"If George Clooney uses it as a forum to demean, smear and insult, I think it could really hurt him."
Reporting that the Barbara Walter Special with George Clooney didn't have good ratings, he urged caution again for Clooney saying that average people don't want to hear those comments.Then he added, "It's a vicarious thrill for the crazy loonies."

Earlier on Big Story, McCuddy appeared with Jon O'Neill the other Fox movie guy. McCuddy told Gibson there was very little buzz about who was favored to win "but there's real momentum for Crash" over Brokeback Mountain. He asked O'Neill what political message would be sent if Crash won over Brokeback. O'Neill insisted it was about choosing great movies and it wasn't political.

Then they went after Stewart speculating about Bush bashing. O'Neill thought that Stewart was a really bad choice because people want a lovable kind of host like Bob Hope or Billy Crystal.

David Asman even got in a little Oscar jab earlier when he came on to plug his Sunday night special on Iran and Nukes. He told Gibson that his viewers don't care about the Oscars but they care about Iran.

Comment: Heres hoping George Clooney sweeps the awards. O'Reilly's reaction will be priceless.

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