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Jan Brewer’s meltdown

Jan Brewer’s meltdown

It will go down as one of the most painful openings to a political debate in recent memory. Gov. Jan Brewer stumbled and stammered through her opening statement during a televised debate Wednesday night, suffering through an embarrassing, cringe-eliciting pause that lasted more than 10 seconds. With her hands clasped in front of her, she […]

Kevin Smith: Is there now a ‘too fat to fly’ list?

Kevin Smith says he’s “way fat,” but that shouldn’t stop him from flying.

The director and actor says a pilot ejected him from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., saying he didn’t fit properly in a single seat.

Smith raised a stink about the incident on his Twitter page Sunday, saying “I’m way fat, but I’m not there just yet,” and “If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air.”

He posted a picture of himself sitting on the plane with his cheeks puffed out.

Southwest says it “Customer of Size” policy require travelers must be able to fit safely and comfortably in one seat or make other arrangements.

Colbert on Palin: ‘She’s a f–king retard’

Late night Comedy Central comic Stephen Colbert jumped into the Sarah Palin fray this week by announcing that the Wonder from Wasilla is a “f–king retard.”

Colbert mocked Palin’s speech at the recent Tea Party Convention — along with the expected jabs at the crib notes on her hand — and then zeroed in on her criticism of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel for using the word “retard” while excusing right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh‘s use of the word.

As for the notes on her hand, Colbert said she had written “Retard = sometimes funny.”

GOP hunk Scott Brown: The object of Democratic desire?

Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown, the Senator who posed nude for Cosmopolitan, got the full treatment from Saturday Night Live this weekend with a four-minute sketch that portrayed him as an on-the-make tail chaser who becomes a fanstasy for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Barbara Boxer and even gay Congressman Barney Frank.

Jon Stewart bitch slaps Keith Olbermann for Brown tirade

Keith Olbermann, the left’s answer to Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, went so far in a hyperbole-filled attack against Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown this week that even some of his more-liberal allies are calling him down for the tirade.

In coverage leading up to the final results of Tuesday’s special election, Olbermann called Brown a “irresponsible homophobic racist reactionary ex-nude model teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politician with whom he disagrees.”

When some questioned Obermann’s judgment on the attacks, the sportswriter-turned-newsman amended his tirade to add “sexist” to the list.

NBC spends $44 million to dump Conan O’Brien

After two weeks of back room negotiations and public embarassments, NBC today announced the deal is done to dump Conan O’Brien from the Tonight Show and restore Jay Leno as host.

O’Brien’s last show is Friday. Leno will return in March after NBC concludes its Winter Olympics coverage.

War of words heats up between Leno, O’Brien

Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno seem to be turning on each other after days of focusing jokes on NBC over the late-night mess.

On Wednesday, a day after O’Brien said he wasn’t willing to move the “Tonight” show back a half-hour to make way for Leno, there was a certain bite to some monologue jokes by each man.

Leno noted his colleague’s complaint that his NBC bosses gave him only seven months to establish himself at the “Tonight” show.

“Seven months!” Leno said. “How did he get that deal? We only got four.”

O’Brien returned volley in his own monologue. He said hosting the “Tonight” show has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

Conan to NBC execs: Go screw yourselves

Conan O’Brien has refused to play along with NBC’s plan to move “The Tonight Show” and return Jay Leno to late-night, abruptly derailing the network’s effort to resolve its scheduling mess.

O’Brien said in a statement Tuesday that shifting “Tonight” will “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting,” and he expressed disappointment that NBC had given him less than a year to establish himself as host at 11:35 p.m. EST.

NBC pulls plug on Leno’s prime-time show

NBC said Sunday it decided to pull the plug on the Jay Leno experiment when some affiliate stations considered dropping the nightly prime-time show, and the network is waiting to hear if Leno and “Tonight” host Conan O’Brien accept its new late-night TV plans.

“The Jay Leno Show,” which airs at 10 p.m. EST, will end with the Feb. 12 beginning of the Winter Olympics, said NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin. Leno would return to his former 11:35 p.m. slot after the Olympics ended under the network’s new plan, which also calls for O’Brien to retain his job with “Tonight” but at the later hour of 12:05 a.m. EST.

Jimmy Fallon and his “Late Night” would be pushed a half-hour later as well, to 1:05 a.m. EST.