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Oprah's Daytime Domination: 13 Talk Shows That Died During Her 25-Year Reign

by Jean Bentley, posted May 24th 2011 11:00AM
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has managed to stay on the air for a nearly unrivaled 25 years while keeping her show current and fresh. How? That's a mystery we mere mortals may never understand.

But there were several stars who attempted to duplicate the big O's success over the years, all starting with the naming standard no future host would dare to change: 'The [Insert Name of Host] Show.'

Though many managed to last more than a decade each (persistence paid off for Montel Williams, Ricki Lake, Geraldo Rivera and Jenny Jones), no other talk show host has made it to the quarter century mark.

To show you just how big a feat Oprah has accomplished, here's a list of 13 daytime talk shows that came and went during Oprah's tenure, a feature which could also be called Talk Shows that Oprah Killed.

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Jon Stewart Proposes Geraldo Rivera Assume Leadership of Libyan Rebels (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 7th 2011 7:30AM
On 'The Daily Show' (weekdays, 11 PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart played some clips of the reporting Geraldo Rivera has been doing over in Libya for Fox News.

In the clips, Geraldo dodges bullets, strikes poses, and at one point seems to be barking orders at the rebel fighters. The last clip Stewart played was one of Geraldo reporting that the anti-Qaddafi rebels in Libya are so poorly trained that they would be a grave danger to themselves if they were given more powerful weapons.

"If only someone would come forth, take control of this control of this ragtag bunch," Stewart said, playing off what Geraldo had reported. "A charismatic brave somewhat narcissistic figure who already posses the confidence and the facial hair configuration of an old world guerrilla force leader."

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Geraldo Rivera Shows Off Self-Done Tattoo on 'Wendy Williams' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 16th 2010 1:15PM
On 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Geraldo Rivera showed off his Star of David tattoo, a self-done inking he gave himself at 16-years-old that was meant to commemorate his Jewish heritage.

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Muhammad Drawing Cartoonist Molly Norris Forced Into Hiding By Jihadists (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 17th 2010 1:40PM
Geraldo Rivera was on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) to discuss the sad saga of cartoonist Molly Norris.

Norris, a cartoonist for The Seattle Weekly, proposed 'Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" as a response to Comedy Central censoring an image of Muhammad out of South Park episode after receiving death threats from Muslim extremists. Norris believed that if everybody was drawing Muhammad, the extremists wouldn't be able to go after everybody.

Well, it turns out they just went after her, issuing a fatwa calling for her death, and forcing her to go into hiding.

"She hasn't just gone into hiding, she's changed her name ... Molly Norris is no more," Geraldo explained. "She has disappeared off the face of the earth. "Why? Because she has been put on a hit list by Anwar al-Awlaki, the same guy who inspired the Fort Hood shooter, and the Underwear Bomber."

"This is an example ... of however wacky we think it is, these people in the Muslim extremist faction -- and there are tens of millions of them -- they will kill you dead, the way they killed Theo Van Gough," was Geraldo's warning.

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Geraldo Rivera Is Pretty Sure a Hurricane Could Have Prevented 9/11 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 3rd 2010 3:48PM
Rudy Giuliani is notorious for his ability to evoke the tragedy of 9/11 no matter what he happens to be talking about. However, veteran newsman Geraldo Rivera may have just surpassed the former New York City mayor when it comes to awkwardly forced 9/11 references.

Geraldo was on 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays, 6 AM ET on Fox News) Friday, and the topic turned to Hurricane Earl, and Geraldo's years of storm coverage.

"One funny thing I think of ... if only a hurricane had come on 9/11," Geraldo said.

"Remember, they didn't know how to use the instruments, these terrorists," he continued. "They took off in Boston . . . and after they took over the aircraft they steered by line of sight. And it was that crystal clear September day. And if it were only one of these weather days, history would have been rewritten. And I think about that a lot now, especially this time of year."

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Cheech and Chong and ... Ann Coulter?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 20th 2009 2:29PM
First there was the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Then came the Nixon-Kennedy debate. Now Fox News' Geraldo Rivera continues that great American tradition of the public debate with the Cheech and Chong-Coulter debate.

It might sound like the world's most lopsided episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, but the world's most famous pot comedy duo squared off against the famed conservative pundit on Rivera's "Geraldo at Large" show recently to discuss the opening of the country's first cannibus club in Portland, Oregon and the legalization of marijuana. Despite the craziness of the casting, they actually have a very frank, civilized and enlightening discussion on the subject.

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ABC's John Stossel moves to Fox

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 11th 2009 9:25AM
john_stossel_20_20_ABCYou might think it's surprising that 20/20 anchor John Stossel is leaving ABC for Fox, but it's not really much of shock. It seems to me that there have been other high profile names that were once considered liberal firebrands -- Geraldo Rivera and Dennis Miller come to mind -- who've grown older and changed their stripes, finding a home at Fox.

Stossel, whom I recall as a staunch consumer reporter and a man who liked to tear down hypocrisy at every turn, has been a regular at ABC News for nearly three decades. Now, he's moving on to Fox Business Network where he'll have a weekly show, and Fox News where he'll make frequent guest appearances.

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John Oates teams up with his mustache to battle evil (or something)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2009 5:29PM
I had forgotten about J-Stache. It's been several months since we first heard about it. But now FunnyorDie.com has the trailer for the web show. It's about Hall & Oates' John Oates and his mustache (yes, you heard me right). They team up to battle evil and score chicks. It's all done like a 70s cartoon. I think the part that had me laughing out loud in this trailer below is when Geraldo Rivera shows up.

(slightly NSFW, but funny.)

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What You Missed Last Night: the worst moments in the Michael Jackson coverage

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 1:33PM
There's been so much coverage of Michael Jackson's death that there's bound to be great stuff and ... well, not so great stuff. In fact, lots of not so great stuff. Last night The Daily Show gave awards to the worst moments. This is really funny. Did Geraldo really use a whiteboard like that, and did CNN actually have an animation of his heart? Amazing.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
The Rippy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Obitutainment

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My Name Is Earl: Inside Probe - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 9:02AM
My Name Is Earl

I think it's safe to say that My Name Is Earl is a prime example of a show that has lost its buzz. Remember when everyone was talking about how good and clever this show was? Now, even though it still leads off NBC's Thursday night schedule, it's not really a show that viewers talk about a lot. Of course, "buzz" doesn't necessarily equal quality, so tell me, are you still watching, and is it still as good as it used to be? It has to be good - Geraldo Rivera was in this episode!

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Sanjaya still around, joins new reality show

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2009 9:07AM
SanjayaDanny already told you that ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich might join the cast of the new NBC reality competition show I'm A Celebrity...Can I Get 15 More MInutes Of Fame, Please? I'll Even Eat A Bug If You Want Me To! Now the show has grabbed another cast member, former American Idol contestant Sanjaya.

If you're not familiar with the show that originated in Britian and aired a season on ABC in 2003, a bunch of celebrities are dropped in the jungle (in this case, Costa Rica) and have to survive using their wits, their charm, and ... their shiny white teeth, or something. Sanjaya and Blagojevich will be joined by Geraldo Rivera, Heidi and Spencer from The Hills, Dog The Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman, and model Janice Dickinson.

OK, the real title is I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Outta Here!, but you probably already knew that.

The article above says that Sanjaya released his memoirs a while back. His memoirs?!?

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2007 10:23AM

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JibJab video mocks TV news personalities, and Britney Spears - VIDEO

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Mar 29th 2007 2:41PM

Katie Couric and Geraldo Rivera on JibJab videoWhat do you get when you combine Rosie O'Donnell, Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, Britney Spears, Anderson Cooper, Keith Olbermann, Geraldo Rivera, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and a cat? A satirical video lampooning the news judgment shown by many in the TV news industry.

Released last night during the Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner -- yes the same one where presidential advisor Karl Rove pretended to be a hip-hop master -- the JibJab guys who created the hilarious 2004 campaign videos have now aimed their guns at the elite TV media personalities.

And hilarity ensues.

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Geraldo gets kicked to the curb: TMZ show next?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 4th 2007 6:52PM
Geraldo RiveraAh, Geraldo. You and your porn moustache have been fired yet again.

TV Week is reporting that his news show Geraldo at Large, which is produced by Twentieth Television and shown nightly on many Fox stations, will cease production in the middle of this month, and will be off the air by the end of the month. Mr. Rivera will go back to hosting the weekend Fox News Channel show that he had before At Large began. So, he'll just have to do his muckraking and grandstanding for a slightly smaller audience (not that much smaller; his syndicated ratings were probably pretty lousy).

The interesting part of this article is that Fox stations are considering replacing Geraldo with a television version of our corporate cousins at TMZ.com, to be produced by another one of our corporate cousins, Warner Brothers. It figures... the family is always the last to find out about these things. We'll make them feel guilty about it at the next barbecue, believe you me.

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