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Fox NFL pre-game subtracts Barberie after adding Buck

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 15th 2006 6:33PM
Jillian BarberieWhen I reported on the announcement that Joe Buck was to become the host to Fox NFL Sunday yesterday, I had an entire paragraph devoted to how it'll be a shame that the show's "meteorologist", Jillian Barberie, would have to bundle up if the show pulled into Green Bay in November. But I cut the whole thing when I realized her name was not on story about the change on FoxSports.com. I guessed that Barberie was no longer going to be with the show, but I wasn't quite sure.

Tom of the LA Daily News blog "Farther Off the Wall" was wondering, too, so he contacted Fox. A producer told him that Barberie's work on Good Day L.A. was going to make it hard for her to stick to the pre-game show's traveling schedule, and they didn't want her to work remotely because they'd lose the interaction she had with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. So Jillian's out. Too bad; she was annoying as hell, but so much nicer to look at than Johnson's toupee. But, good news everyone: we'll still get plenty of Frank Caliendo.

[via Deadspin]

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Joe Buck named host of Fox NFL pre-game show

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 14th 2006 6:09PM
Joe BuckWhen James Brown (no, not the "Sex Machine" James Brown... the other one) left Fox to become the new host of The NFL Today at CBS, Fox kept everyone in the dark about who was going to take his place as host of Fox NFL Sunday. They even made the mystery into an ad campaign. But the mystery is over: the network has named lead play-by-play man Joe Buck as the host of the pre-game show. Because Buck is still going to broadcast the games, though, the show will be on the road the entire year, originating from the stadium where Buck is supposed to be working that week. Curt Menefee will host the halftime and post-game shows.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, who reported on the unconfirmed rumors yesterday, felt that Fox was making too safe of a move with Buck. According to Raissman, it was a perfect opportunity for Fox to develop someone new in the host role, someone who can evolve as he tries to corral Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. I'm not quite sure about that argument; after all, for every Bob Costas that gets a chance to shine in the studio, there's two Brent Musburgers that make us want to throw things at the screen. Those aren't good odds, as far as I'm concerned.

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