Anderson Coopergets the giggles during his "Ridiculist" segment on his primetime CNN news program Anderson Cooper 360 in August about Frenchman Gerard Depardieu, who peed on an Air France airplane in front of the entire cabin. Cooper then goes on to show other TV personalities that have a case of the giggles on-air.
Country singer Hank Williams Jr.compared President Obama to Hitler during an appearance on Fox & Friends in October, which prompted ESPN to permanently cut his song "All My Rowdy Friends" from Monday Night Football. The song had been a staple on the weekly sports telecast. ESPN said Williams was notified of the network's decision to cut ties, but Williams wrote on his website: "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, [ESPN] stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run."
Piers Morgan Calls Patrice O'Neal a "She"
CNN host Piers Morgan called comedian Patrice O'Neal, who died at the age of 41 in late November, a woman on-air during Piers Morgan Tonight while paying condolences. Thankfully, someone noticed the problem and Morgan later corrected himself.
Political pundit Ann Coulterlet loose on Republican John McCain in November and gets censored on Joe Scarborough's MSNBC program Morning Joe in the process. It was believed that the outspoken Coulter called McCain a "douchebag," causing the audio to drop, but later on she told HLN host Joy Behar that she was bleeped for saying "dickweed."
Fox News Anchor Makes a Mistake and says "Obama is Dead"
When Osama bin Laden's death was announced in May, it made headline news. But one Fox anchor made a mistake when reporting the news to viewers, mistakenly saying that President Obama had died. His co-anchor attempted to inform him of his error but it was a few seconds before he corrected himself. "President Obama is, in fact, dead," the anchor said before speaking correctly.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson slams striking public service workers in London on The One Show in November, causing uproar abroad. In response, BBC -- which issued an apology shortly thereafter -- decided to pull an episode of the pre-taped game show QI (filmed in the summer) that featured an appearance by the Brit because of Clarkson's controversial statements about the workers. During his One Show appearance, he had said that the workers "should be executed in front of their families."
Sometimes showing excitement is a good thing, but is there such a thing as going to far? In the case of longtime ESPN analyst Lee Corso, there just might. Caught up in the moment, Corso dropped an F-bomb during the College Gameday broadcast, before a college football matchup between Southern Methodist University and University of Houston in November. When it looked like Corso would pick SMU (he held up a SMU megaphone), at the very last second he shouted "F--- it!," switching to Houston and donning the head of mascot Shasta. He later apologized for his unscripted outburst.
Brian Williams Continues Through Fire Alarm
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williamswas in the middle of introducing a report on American Airlines' bankruptcy filing on Nov. 29 when a fire alarm in the building interrupted the newscast. But Williams didn't let the alarm deter him from delivering the news, continuing on as scheduled. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart later spoofed the fire alarm incident, with Williams giving the fake news anchor a taste of what it's like to experience it firsthand.
Barely a few weeks in, CNN's Erin Burnett mocked Occupy protesters in October during her Erin Burnett OutFront program during the "Seriously?!" segment in October. Burnett took to the streets taking aim at the participants of the protests, questioning why they were even taking part. Critics weren't kind either. "By now, there is already a consensus bilding about Burnett based on her trip to Occupy Wall Street, and none of it is good for her or CNN's .. latest 'adventure' in weeknight programming," wrote one reviewer a few days after the Occupy segment aired.
Follow the Money's Eric Bolling hosted a seven-minute segment arguing that Disney's new The Muppets movie, which featured an oil mogul by the name of Tex Richman, promoted a left-wing agenda. “We’re teaching our kids class warfare. Where are we, Communist China?” Bolling said. Later on, Bolling said: “Liberal Hollywood depicting a successful businessman as evil – that’s not new." Muppets director James Bobin addressed the allegations when asked by THR: "No, the Muppets are not communist. And the character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way."