*Election night was interesting on major news networks, including ABC News with Diane Sawyer. The typically reserved hard news journalist strayed away from her style and caused a stir.
While the numbers were coming in at around 10 p.m. ET, she decided to call a state before it became official.
“OK,” Sawyer said at one point, “I wanna – can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we’re ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. … Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota,” she rambled on, stumbling over the president’s name.
The conservative Twitter world didn’t appreciate the premature declaration.
By the end of the night, tweeters were calling to dunk her and joked that she was “tipsy” or “hammered” from some kind of prescription drug abuse that night.
Another likened it to an episode of HBO’s drama “The Newsroom,” where Will McAvoy, the fictitious anchorman, had eaten a couple of pot brownies before unexpectedly being summoned to his anchor desk to report a news story.
Maybe Diane was a bit excited or tired. But whatever it was, it was not a good look.
Portions of the interview will air on Wednesday, Oct. 10 on “ABC World News,” the eve of the vice presidential debate.
Sawyer’s entire interview with the President will air later this month as a part of “Portrait Of A President,” a special series of reports that will take a closer look at the two men running for President.
Sawyer anchored special “Portrait Of A President” reports of Sen. John McCain and then Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.
Roberts, 51, said on-air that her last day before an extended absence will be Friday. She plans to check into the hospital next Tuesday to begin preparing for the transplant, which will take place several days later. Her sister Sally-Ann Roberts will be the donor.
In June, Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, announced that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (also known as preleukemia), a blood and bone marrow disease.
Throughout the week, “Good Morning America” will air segments celebrating “Robin’s Journey.”
ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters are among the talents who will pinch hit for Roberts during her absence. Roberts plans to return to “GMA” after her recovery, though a specific date has not been set.
*Even though “Good Morning America” won’t be the same without Robin Roberts, she’s making sure viewers will have a good time in her absence with a list of fan favorite celebrities.
Roberts goes on medical leave in a few months for myelodysplastic syndrome – a serous blood and bone marrow disease. She’s already begun chemotherapy treatment and will endure a bone marrow transplant soon.
Among the celebrity co-hosts hopefuls are Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Barbara Walters, Chris Cuomo, Connie Chung, Joan Lunden and several others.
According to reports, each candidate will be Roberts for a week, who may be out for up to four months.
*There are so many angles to view the life and memory of Whitney Houston.
The power of her music is undeniable. The message in her many songs will forever be sentimental. This week Whitney is being examined from her early days as the ingenue with the big voice, to the pop icon plagued by personal demons. It is an obvious rehashing for someone who could not hide from the constant glare of the spotlight and the relentless probing into her personal life. Of course the public could not help being curious when either Whitney or her husband Bobby Brown made headlines for non-music related events. It is the price of fame. In February 2003, Whitney Houston was on her way to being the most awarded female singer in history, with music grossing more than $400 million worldwide. But there was a murky side creeping through the flawless and elegant persona that fans saw on screen.
In 2002 tabloids spread news of Houston’s suit against her father’s management company John Houston Enterprise, the same company that managed Whitney. The singer claimed that the dispute was aimed at the company president Kevin Skinner and not at her father, who passed away in early 2002 without having to appear in court. Whitney’s erratic behavior was now evidenced by multiple cancellations of appearances. Fans were also skeptical about the Houston/Brown marriage, as Bobby was experiencing frequent run ins with the law. With a new album on deck it made sense for the pop diva to harness as much publicity as possible, so Whitney agreed to sit in the ultimate hot seat for a 2002 prime time interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. This is the same interview with the “crack is whack” statement by Whitney. Needless to say, it did little to restore the squeaky clean image of the pop princess that fans had come to love.
By now the buzz on Whitney Houston’s personal life was just as resounding as her melodious and infectious music. She was “the” topic and the gossip industry’s best bet. Talk show host Wendy Williams reigned on the air at New York’s WBLS at the time, and she spoke with fervor about Whitney’s every move. One day Whitney had enough and wanted to confront Wendy on the air. The original premise of the interview was to promote Whitney’s new album “Just Whitney” (released in 2002), but it was clear that Whitney was bemused by Miss Williams and it was time to let her know it.
Wendy Williams talked to Lee Bailey about her only exchange with Whitney Houston. EURweb presents this audio from the RadioScope Archives from February 2003. Listen:
EURweb will present the Wendy Williams Whitney Houston interview tomorrow. Whitney Houston was a home girl and a pop idol who lived the full spectrum of both extremes.
*It’s the final stretch of the Oprah show and wowing performances are making sure the talk show host goes out with a bang. Among appearances on Monday were Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Halle Berry, Diane Sawyer, Madonna, and Beyonce.
Speaking of the superstar artist, Beyonce really strut her stuff on stage wearing a tuxedo bodysuit and was surrounded by a procession of lady back-up dancers. And for course the song was perfect for the occasion, “Run the World (Girls).”
“Oprah, your persuasion can build a nation,” B said mid-song. “We love you, Oprah. Thank you,” she told the talk-show host at the end of the performance, giving a hug to Winfrey.
Her choreographer previously commented that it was an honor to perform on the Oprah show during her farewell week.
“It’s amazing. Me, myself, Beyoncé, people of color – we have so much respect for that woman. How can we say no to [Oprah]? She possesses something that God has given her, ’cause when I saw her onstage of all the people that were there, everyone’s in awe of her – Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Madonna – so we felt honored, privileged. That’s why Beyoncé pushed us so hard. She wanted to make sure that Oprah’s proud of what she did for her show. She did such an important number,” said Frank Gatson Jr. to MTV News. “In Oprah’s world, women rule the world, so how coincidental that Beyoncé’s song is called that?” He continued, “So it was just appropriate, perfection. I loved it. It was great to be there. The energy in that place was unbelievable.”