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FOX & Friends: Split on Jon Stewart's Performance, But George Clooney's Still on Their Hit List

Reported by Marie Therese - March 6, 2006

In their somewhat less than enthusiastic review of last night's Academy Award presentations, the FOX & Friends trio were decidedly split on Jon Stewart's performance but unanimous in condemning George Clooney.

Brian Kilmeade said of Stewart: "I thought he did great. Overall, I thought he was excellent. I thought he was better at the moments when he had to be extemporaneous..."

Steve Doocy said "Well, I thought he was terrible. Tom Shales of the Washington Post said (reading) quote 'He was smug, humorless comic, a sad and pale shadow of great hosts gone by.'"

As many of you know, FOX News Channel's number one rate-getter, Bill O'Reilly, has been in a knock-down-drag-out war of words with George Clooney. As a result FOX's other shows have also hopped on the "Smear Clooney" bandwagon.

The jibes and jabs continued this morning, even though Steve Doocy was permitted to say that he thought George Clooney's Oscar acceptance speech was "classy."

Video clip of Clooney at Academy Awards, saying:

"We're the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular and we, you know, we bring up subjects - we're the ones - this Academy, this group of people, gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be part of this Academy. I'm proud to be a part of this community. I'm proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this." [loud applause]

Doocy & Hopkins repeated Clooney's last phrase, laughing broadly. Ever the little man who didn't make it, Brian Kilmeade couldn't resist taking a shot: "He comes off so cocky. He is such a cocky, smug guy."

Page Hopkins replied "But with reason to be, though - the guy, you know, directs ..." but she was cut off by Kilmeade who said "Because he was the 1997 Sexiest Man of the Year" to which Hopkins replied "Exactly. I think that was sort of his height, though."

Ms. Hopkins was clearly torn between her need to adhere to the FOX script and her obvious attraction to all things Hollywood, including George Clooney. In a later segment she admitted that she was "jealous" of Lisa Bernhard, who was FNC's woman at the Oscars. But this did not stop her from waxing negative about Clooney.

COMMENT

These three may be all glossed up with fat bank accounts, buff bodies and the appearance of success, but just like the Kentucky coal miners in the classic Sixteen Tons, they owe their souls to the company store. Only, it's not coal they're shoveling, it's - well, you get the idea!

Sadly, the day one of them dares to speak words the Boss Man doesn't want to hear, that's the day they get the boot.

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