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Did Jay Leno Steal Raiders Joke From 'Red Eye'?

by Alex Moaba, posted May 31st 2011 5:15PM
The hosts of the late night Fox News political comedy show 'Red Eye' are accusing 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and his writing staff of joke-stealing. The joke in question both riffed on a Supreme Court ruling that will force California to release tens of thousands of convicted felons due to prison overcrowding.

'Red Eye's' joke, which Andy Levy told May 24th after reading news of the impending prisoner release, read as follows: "This may actually help the Raiders start selling out their home games again."

Leno's joke, which he told two nights later on May 26th, reacted to the same news with, "But the good news? Looks like the Oakland Raiders will have more season ticket holders." Pretty similar.

Check out the video of both after the jump and tell us if you think Leno ripped off 'Red Eye,' or if they were both just going for obvious punchline and 'Red Eye' got there first.

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After Being Booted Off ABC's Election Special, Andrew Breitbart Spent Election Night Roaming the Streets (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 5th 2010 4:25PM
Controversial conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart was initially slated to be part of ABC's election night coverage. However, after being pressured by liberal interest groups, the network unceremoniously booted Breitbart from the telecast, claiming that Breitbart had misrepresented to the public the nature of his role on ABC.

Initially, Breitbart was outraged, declaring ABC had "damaged my brand." However when 'Red Eye's (weekdays 3 AM ET on Fox News) Andy Levy asked him about the incident, Breitbart was much calmer, declaring it "the love affair that never happened."

Then the Los Angeles resident described how he ended up spending election night:

"I went down to the little burg near me, called Westwood, and I gave live analysis to people on the street on what exactly happened."

Breitbart jests (we think.) But, really, we wouldn't put street preaching past any of TV's political polemicists, were they to had lose their privileged perch in prime time. In fact, New Yorkers might be wise to turn the other direction if they see Keith Olbermann walking towards them on the street this weekend.

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'Red Eye' Discovers Jimmy McMillan Blames High Rent on "The Jews" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:16PM
Like a lot of folks, the 'Red Eye' (weekdays, 3 AM ET on Fox News) gang has been smitten by Jimmy McMillan, the suddenly ubiquitous The Rent is Too Damn High Party candidate for New York governor, who impressed the world with his facial hair and rhythmic speaking style during a televised gubernatorial debate.

Unfortunately, Red Eye's ombudsman Andy Levy rained on the praise parade, by delivering some disturbing news about everybody's new favorite fringe candidate.

"Guess who (McMillan) blames for the fact the rent is too damn high?" Levy asked the panel.

"Oh jeez, I'm scared," said Greg Gutfeld, before correctly guessing "The Jews."

"I was hoping CIA," Bill Schultz quipped, as the panel groaned in disappointment over Levy's revelation.

Levy then explained that material on McMillan's website links Jewish interests to the 9/11 attacks.

Of course, McMillan possibly being an anti-Semite prone to believing wacky conspiracy theories doesn't change the fact that the rent is too damn high.

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Andy Levy Defends Tennessee Fire Department's Decision To Allow Home To Burn (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:55PM
Homes in Obion County, Tennessee that aren't within the confines of an incorporated township have to pay $75 to receive fire protection. On September 29th, Obion County resident Gene Cranick's mobile home caught fire, but when he called the fire department from nearby South Fulton, they refused to put out the flames because Cranick had not paid the fee. In fact, they only arrived on the scene because his fire was threatening the house of Cranick's neighbor, who had paid the fee.

The media has been just about unanimous in their condemnation of the South Fulton Fire Department's behavior. Even most of the 'Red Eye' (weekdays, 3 AM ET on Fox News) crew -- who aren't known for their compassion -- thought the Fire Department screwed up big-time.

Andy Levy, however, was a dissenting voice on this issue, and his contrarianism resulted in an epic argument with guest Angela Maglowen.

Levy made the point that not so long ago, rural Tennessee had no fire service at all, until a system was set up which allowed the cities to provide those rural areas with fire protection for a fee -- and if nobody paid the fee those areas would continue to get no service.

"Gene Cranick chose not to pay the $75 fee. He gambled and he lost," Levy argued, adding that the firefighters were actually not allowed to put out the fire "under the South Fulton city ordinance."

Maglowen's argument was that basic human decency should have led the firefighters to put out the flames.

The South Fulton firefighters have said they would have doused the flames if anyone's life was in danger. What do you think: Does Levy have a point? (You can check out more opinions on this issue here.)

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Shows You Should Be Watching: Red Eye

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2009 5:00PM
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There used to be a lot of TV shows on overnight that were worth watching. I don't mean repeats of sitcoms or dramas that usually air earlier, but original programming geared towards the night owl. There aren't many shows like that anymore, but there's one on Fox News (yes, Fox News) at 3 AM and it's well worth catching (if you're worried about staying up that late, well, that's why God put DVRs on this Earth).

If I had to describe Red Eye it would be like this: it's a mix of Politically Incorrect and The McLaughlin Group, only for people who are up late at night drinking or eating too much junk food, with a host who comes at things from a conservative viewpoint but it's not really a political show. They go more for the jokes than they stress any ideology, and it's actually really funny. Like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, it can't be easy to write a show that's on every single night, but host Greg Gutfeld pulls it off.

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