Jay Leno Tells Joy Behar “I Got Screwed” (And So Did Conan)

In a green room chat after her appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Joy Behar and her HLN got some content as well.

And Leno didn’t hold back on admitting Conan O’Brien “got screwed” by NBC. But, according to Leno, so did he.

“Conan got screwed. I got screwed,” said Leno to Behar while sitting next to each other on the couch. “I mean this is TV. The reason showbiz pays a lot of money is so when you get screwed you got something left over.”

Also: “Conan was treated terribly, and I was treated terribly, and guys make a decision. I think Conan will come back and he’ll be strong.”

Those who are Team Conan (or fairly objective) will find some fault with Leno’s version of events – now that he’s back as host of The Tonight Show, it’s hard to see how exactly he was screwed.

One thing this shows is the smart way HLN and CNN have used the web – Behar was a guest on Tonight Show, filmed a short video backstage, put it on her website and suddenly it’s content for HLN, and by extension, CNN.

Here’s the web clip:

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Major Garrett, Katie Couric And More Have Lunch With Pres. Obama Today

Which journalists had lunch with Pres. Barack Obama today?

We’re still looking into it, but we can confirm Fox News’ Major Garrett, CBS’ Katie Couric and we’ve heard Brian Williams from NBC as well. When will we get more details about the journalist-White House lunch date?

This morning, Couric tweeted:

Heading to dc for lunch w prez and other journalists..no blogging or tweeting allowed, bummer!

But then she deleted it. Hmmm…

FNC’s Garrett responded with this:

Off to lunch w/@katiecouric & some famous guy. Hope I don’t trip or spill. Katie would never forgive. Other guy, either.

The only other name we’ve heard so far is Nightly News anchor Williams, but we assume all the networks were represented. We’ll probably find out more soon. We’ve contacted several networks and the White House, and are waiting to hear back.

The last lunch date took place in January (and included Shepard Smith telling the FNC audience about what it was like to sit next to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews).

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David Mills, Ex-Journalist And Writer For “The Wire” And “Treme,” Dies

This morning brought tragic news from the television world, as David Mills, who wrote for such acclaimed television shows as The Wire, ER and NYPD Blue, as well as the upcoming Treme, died of a brain aneurysm. According to the Baltimore Sun, Mills was just 48.

Like David Simon, with whom Mills collaborated on The Wire, Treme, Homicide: Life on the Street, and the 2000 miniseries The Corner, Mills worked as a journalist before entering the TV business. His journalistic career is perhaps most noteworthy for an interview with Sistah Souljah, in which she made controversial, racially-motivated remarks later famously rebuked by Bill Clinton.

Mills also wrote the blog Undercover Black Man, where he provided sharp takes on music, current events, race-related issues in general, and occasionally posted insightful interviews as well (such as this one with Simon from 2007). In a sad sign of just how sudden Mills’ death was, he last posted on Undercover Black Man just two days ago.

TV critic Alan Sepinwall, Mills’ friend and one of the foremost Wire fans, just posted a must-read tribute to Mills on his blog. Judging by the quality of Mills’ television projects and blog content, it was easy for anyone to tell Mills’ death meant the loss of an outstanding writer. Judging by Sepinwall’s anecdotes, it’s just as easy to tell it meant the loss of an awfully good man.

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Why Is There A Che Guevara iPhone App But No Glenn Beck One?

Alas, Glenn Beck is on vacation this week or he could jump all over this “evidence” that Apple is run by evil, Mao loving, progressives. The company’s approval a Che Guevara app to the iPhone is all of the sudden making media waves. The Che app, approved last month, allows iPhone owners to “carry around quotes like ‘The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall’” with you all the time. Which actually makes me wonder if Che is enjoying a bit a resurgence thanks to Glenn Beck’s continued focus on him. Anyway, here’s the conspiratorial rub (such as it is.) Apple has boycotted Fox News.

Howie Kurtz reported a few weeks back that a “handful of advertisers, such as Apple, have abandoned Fox altogether.” It’s a pretty ballsy decision considering the sort of ratings the network enjoys (not that Apple is suffering for attention). Conclusion: Apple loves Che and hates Glenn Beck. Maybe.

Apple’s boycott of Fox does not necessarily extend to iPhone apps as this Big Journalism post suggests. There is a Fox News iPhone app. There is also a Glenn Beck locator app.

Sadly, there is no Glenn Beck app, which I suspect is at least partly the result of Fox being rather strict about trademarks and unauthorized apps (they recently had Apple remove one) than it is about Apple banning Glenn Beck (though that’s clearly not outside the realm of the possible). So maybe the question is why doesn’t Glenn Beck make an iPhone app, preferably having something to do with chalkboards, and see if Apple approves it.


The Daily Show Investigates GOP Bondage Scandal…Using Muppets

The RNC these days is really just the media gift that keeps on giving. Between the Scooby Doo inspired fund-raising pamphlet that had everyone in an uproar earlier this month and this week’s bondage night club scandal…well can anything surprise any more? So, I guess it’s only…fitting that Jon Stewart opted to reenact the whole debacle using Muppets. Yes. Let’s hope it doesn’t give the RNC any further ideas. Video below.