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Did Greg Gutfeld Ace His O’Reilly Factor Anchoring Task? (Ted Baxter retiring?)
Mediaite ^ | December 28, 2011 | James Crugnale

Posted on 12/30/2011 8:16:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld tackled the often vexing world of prime time on Tuesday when he tried to fill some big shoes hosting Fox News’s top-ranked show The O’Reilly Factor. It was an equal-parts bold and odd choice, putting the network’s oft-times unpredictable, distinctly snarky and libertarian-minded funnyman as replacement host of the Fox News flagship program. But would Gutfeld measure as O’Reilly’s FNC tent-pole?

Gutfeld handled the reins of hosting The Factor with aplomb, putting his quick-hit comedic commentary aside just enough to fit in on O’Reilly’s self-described “traditionalist” program. At several points during last night’s show, the Red Eye host channeled O’Reilly’s trademark stone-faced gravitas, for example a point made about youth violence. “I think most of this violence happens because it can. And we have become more permissive and I think, parents and people are scared to confront kids because they fear they are going to get hurt or sued,” Gutfeld said in reference to the fights that broke out at the Mall of America. “You know, if you are on a subway, something is happening, you stay away from it because you don’t want to be bothered. One of these days you are going to have to step in.”

In that moment, Gutfeld quite nearly perfectly captured the O’Reilly ethos of personal responsibility, and communicated it very succinctly. But all the while, he was still very much doing his own thing.

Gutfeld’s turn at anchoring a prime time show was remarkable in that he is so often cast as the face of the network’s “continued shift on cable to talk about the news and away from actual news reports” — as the New York Times‘s Brian Stelter had described The Five.

In his turn as prime-time anchor, Gutfeld showed he was quite competent and prepared to take the driver seat in the high-stakes O’Reilly slot and performed well in a hard news capacity. With a sharp performance Tuesday, Fox News higher-ups undoubtedly took notice.

Watch several clips from Gutfeld’s command performance as Bill O’Reilly’s fill-in below via Fox News:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: billoreilly; bor; foxnews; greggutfeld
The Gutfeld Gripe? The Galt Gulch? What should they name it?
1 posted on 12/30/2011 8:16:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he did a better job then O’Reilly. But then again, I can’t stand O’Reilly. So, take my opinion for what it is worth.


2 posted on 12/30/2011 8:29:04 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

I saw him take it to Alan Colmes ...O’Reilly would not have do so.


3 posted on 12/30/2011 8:30:39 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gut Check.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 8:31:25 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Missed it.

And for a good reason - I no longer watch the Unfair and Unbalanced Network. Way, way too pro-Romney and the 24/7 anti-Newt rants were just the final straw for me.


5 posted on 12/30/2011 8:33:45 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: MestaMachine

Gut Check is good.

How about: Blood and Guts(feld)

Okay. Just a personal salute to Patton, which we need in the media as well as in the White House.

“Guts and Balls” would also be nice but not for the PC brass.

“Telling it like it is”


6 posted on 12/30/2011 8:36:03 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Baynative

O’Reilly is an overbearing ass, in my opinion. And that is me being nice.


7 posted on 12/30/2011 8:37:57 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I like Gutfeld. He is a good on air talent and he is good off air as well. I think the man works 24/7. He’s smart and witty, informed and personable. The opposite of o’really.


8 posted on 12/30/2011 8:42:30 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Mr. Murdoch if you put Gutfeld in that spot I promise I will watch every single day. Seriously.

PLEASE DO IT

Thanks for listening.

9 posted on 12/30/2011 8:46:01 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Baynative

Hell, anybody can beat Colmes, I have seen him get his butt kicked by Laura Ingrahm, Ann Coulter and other lightweights.


10 posted on 12/30/2011 8:47:43 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

We got Dish Network in order to watch O’Reilly. A couple of years later we got the Dish Network disconnected because it became apparent O’Reilly would let nothing get in his way if only he could get another Obama interview. The way he treated Michelle Malkin sealed the deal to rid him (and his buddies Geraldo, Colmes and Marc Lamont Hill) from our TV screen.


11 posted on 12/30/2011 8:51:31 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t get your hopes up. O’Reilly ain’t going nowhere. Plus, FNC would never put Gutfeld in the 8 pm slot. He’s way too edgy for that.

And while I don’t have a name for any Gutfeld show, I do think O’Reilly should title his next autobiographical book, A Great Big Bucket Of Stupidity.


12 posted on 12/30/2011 8:53:55 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: MamaDearest

If I’m not mistaken, treating Michele Malkin badly is also what got that amped up radio show guy in Austin banned from FR?

I mean, in addition to blaming GWB for 9-11.


13 posted on 12/30/2011 8:55:23 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: MestaMachine

Nice.


14 posted on 12/30/2011 8:58:41 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: InterceptPoint

I missed it too for the same reason. I no longer watch FOX. I started watching them in early 1998 when their biggest sponsor was the Onion Blossom. Can’t stand them now.


15 posted on 12/30/2011 9:06:09 PM PST by McGavin999 ("If you'll have my back when I go to Washington, I'll have yours" Rick Perry 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was good. Not as good as Laura Ingram however.

Much better than BOR however.


16 posted on 12/30/2011 9:07:31 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
With a sharp performance Tuesday, Fox News higher-ups undoubtedly took notice.

I happened to see some of the show, and it looks like he's lost some weight. Seems the kid has ambition.

17 posted on 12/30/2011 9:17:59 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Red Eye at 3AM beats the prime time CNN and MSNBC line up.

Im not kidding.


18 posted on 12/30/2011 9:23:10 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember

I’ve seen those numbers. It must drive those other networks up the wall. And you know they probably pay Greg, Andy and Bill combined less than Ed Schultz or Larry O’Donnell.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 9:33:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: dr_lew

He’s doing two or three shows a day. That’ll take the weight off you.


20 posted on 12/30/2011 9:34:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does that mean we have a chance of getting rid of the guy with the eye make up as well?

The only show I watch on Fox, if I’m at home, is Cavuto.


21 posted on 12/30/2011 9:48:39 PM PST by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Gutfeld Grapple. Grappling with the day's news.

I thought he did good. Gutfeld has a way of getting to the bottom line while keeping things light.

22 posted on 12/30/2011 9:52:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gutfeld did great, so O’Reilly will probably ban him for life. Why do so many people go to the trouble to post “I don’t watch FOX” every time there’s a FOX thread? If you don’t watch it, what makes you think your opinion is of any interest to anybody?


23 posted on 12/30/2011 9:57:58 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: InterceptPoint

If you don’t watch FOX, why are you commenting?


24 posted on 12/30/2011 9:58:53 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

Fox is part of the political discussion, and is attacked as part of the right, whether we watch it or not we are aware of it, pay attention to it, and have opinions on it.

The O’Reilly show is relevant to all freepers since he has used his show to lie about us and attack us.


25 posted on 12/30/2011 10:05:55 PM PST by ansel12
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I still miss Laurie Dhue.


26 posted on 12/30/2011 10:20:19 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ozzymandus

If you don’t watch FOX, why are you commenting?
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That’s a fair question.

My answer: So I can point out, once again, that this isn’t your father’s Fox News. This is the New Fox News. Fair and Balanced is out the door and replaced by an editorial policy that is effectively an endorsement of Romney. They have joined their MSM brethren in their campaign to choose another RINO for the GOP nomination. And worse, they have turned on Gingrich with the most mean-spirited series of attacks that I have ever seen on a news network.

I have totally lost confidence in Fox. I’m through with them.


27 posted on 12/30/2011 10:22:01 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: TigersEye

One of the funniest episodes that I watched was when Mr. Bill inquired about Gutfeld being Jewish and received the response that he was a Catholic and that he had even been an altar boy. Mr. O was funny to watch during Greg’s response.


28 posted on 12/30/2011 10:28:34 PM PST by Seniram US (Quote of the Day: Smile You're An American)
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To: TBP

I Dhue too!!


29 posted on 12/30/2011 10:28:36 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Seniram US

I missed that. Watching 0’Really make an ass of himself is the best part of the Factor.


30 posted on 12/30/2011 10:34:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

You could have “The Dhue Point.”


31 posted on 12/30/2011 10:41:12 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Baynative

Better, far better, than Ted Baxter himself.


32 posted on 12/30/2011 11:15:04 PM PST by CT
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To: TBP

As I recall she admitted to being an alcoholic. Wonder how she’s doing...well I hope.


33 posted on 12/30/2011 11:35:59 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: InterceptPoint
I pulled the plug on my TV. Does Hannity also plug Romney?
34 posted on 12/30/2011 11:39:45 PM PST by Bellflower
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To: MamaDearest
"The way he treated Michelle Malkin..."

I'll have to try and find it on youtube I guess. Heard about about some trouble, always wondered what happened.

Gutfeld was alright, it's just not the right show for him. He's great on The Five, and Red Eye.

35 posted on 12/30/2011 11:48:49 PM PST by moehoward
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...”At several points during last night’s show, the Red Eye host channeled O’Reilly’s trademark stone-faced gravitas, for example a point made about youth violence. “I think most of this violence happens because it can. And we have become more permissive and I think, parents and people are scared to confront kids because they fear they are going to get hurt or sued,” Gutfeld said in reference to the fights that broke out at the Mall of America. “You know, if you are on a subway, something is happening, you stay away from it because you don’t want to be bothered. One of these days you are going to have to step in.”

In that moment, Gutfeld quite nearly perfectly captured the O’Reilly ethos of personal responsibility, and communicated it very succinctly. But all the while, he was still very much doing his own thing”...

I would not know what to name it, but I saw that show and Greg did a tremendous job..I really like him..He is the best thing to come along at FOX in some time..His quick wit and his willingness to call “a spade a spade” makes me think he may be an honest genius. THE FIVE is a FOX program I DVR and watch on a daily basis..Greg is a part of that.


36 posted on 12/31/2011 2:27:14 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: doc1019

Physically, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham are in the lightweight or flyweight divisions, mentally and rhetorically, they’re heavyweights.


37 posted on 12/31/2011 5:26:34 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

BOR is a brilliant marketer. Second, Ingraham has been subbing for years and Gutfeld just once. He did great.


38 posted on 12/31/2011 5:38:03 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Baynative

“I saw him take it to Alan Colmes..”
As soon as Colms comes on, Fox goes off. Same with Beckel, Williams and Shamooo Green.


39 posted on 12/31/2011 5:51:01 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: dr_lew

On The Five, yesterday, he said he had lost 50 pounds and was very proud that he had kept it off.


40 posted on 12/31/2011 5:59:39 AM PST by surrey
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To: FormerACLUmember
Red Eye at 3AM beats the prime time CNN and MSNBC line up. Im not kidding.

Gut's success is because he's honest, call's them as he sees them.....and hates PC bullsh*t.

and he's utterly fearless.

I Tivo Redeye daily.


41 posted on 12/31/2011 6:58:19 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: jazzlite; mickie; flaglady47; seenenuf; seekthetruth; Bizzy Bugz; ExTexasRedhead; Bushbacker1; ...
"....the O'Reilly ethos of personal responsibility...."

BOR has this ethos for everyone but himself. His ethos is that of personal irresponsibility.

He is a weasel and waffler without the abiding ingrained precepts found in those who support the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Rule of Law.

To cut to the chase, here's example of his unprincipled schtick...."Is Obama bent on destroying this country?....well, some of his policies are somewhat destructive in some folks views in some stratums of society in some areas of the country, BUT................................................................................no, I don't think he's purposefully bent on destroying this country, and he probably is actually a pretty nice guy and a good American".

Or:

"Is Obama a socialist or a marxist?.....no, I wouldn't say that. He's far left, that's for sure. HOWEVER.............................................................................................................................I don't think he's a socialist or marxist, he probably is actually a pretty nice guy and a good American. By the way, go to 'BORshill.com' which is not the same as 'BORfencestraddler.com' for my latest line of merchandise, tickets for my concerts with Miller, and a price list for my latest books....plus we have an new front door mat with 'Juan Williams Sleeps Here' on it......."

BOR's "ethos of personal responsibility" was also evident in his quick and low-key payoff to the suing woman who said he had regular phone sex with her.

He also never bothered to research what FR really is before he publicly attacked this web site with lies and unfounded allegations. But, then, as a populist, statist bloviator, he instinctively hates true conservatives. He's always using the leftist tool of moral-equivalency in placing conservatives on the "far right fringe" on the same level with the radicals on the "far left fringe" of the political spectrum. He does this all the time.

I wish Greg Gutfeld would have been free to really satirize O'Reilly while subbing for him, but, of course, he couldn't. I bet it would have been devastatingly hilarious to see the pompous ass harpooned as only the puckish Gutfeld could do.

Leni

42 posted on 12/31/2011 7:29:37 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

You hit nail on the head again! :)


43 posted on 12/31/2011 8:37:09 AM PST by seekthetruth
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To: MinuteGal
OTOH, poor O'R can't suddenly become self-aware. He's riding on old ratings - a half dead horse. When is his contract UP?
Roger Ailes has got a tired tiger by the tail.
O'R’s viewers are no longer TeaParty types, but the OWSers,
who think O'R is enlightened.
Message to Roger: the TeaPartiers buy more ‘soap’, and there are more of us.
44 posted on 12/31/2011 10:09:10 AM PST by seenenuf ( Save the Right Supremes.)
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To: Seniram US

O’Reilly actually wished Gutfeld a “Happy Hanukka”, to which Gutfeld replied, “I’M Catholic! I was an altar boy!”

O’Reilly, instead of apologizing, tried to make a joke and changed the subject. What a maroon.


45 posted on 12/31/2011 12:48:35 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: InterceptPoint

So you won’t watch FOX because they won’t boost your chosen candidate? That’s a bit short sighted, IMHO. If you want to talk about mean-spirited attacks on Republicans, check MSNBC for a couple of minutes. I just watch that channel when I want to get mad.


46 posted on 12/31/2011 12:52:59 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

So you won’t watch FOX because they won’t boost your chosen candidate?
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Nope. That’s not it. Neutrality would be just fine.

What I object to is the hatchet job they did and I presume are still doing on Newt. For the last couple of weeks when I was still watching Fox every show had a bash Newt segment. They brought out their big guns, Dr. K, Brit Hume, Bret Baier, Fred Barnes, Ann Coulter and many others I’m sure to wield the hatchet. It was MSNBC on steroids and it just burned me out with Fox.


47 posted on 12/31/2011 1:13:25 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Love Gutfeld, but he really doesn't have the mass appeal.

It's the same with other late night comedians who move up to earlier slots: either they make their act blander to please that mass audience and lose the "attitude" one liked about them to begin with, or they keep their edge and don't make headway with the mass public.

48 posted on 12/31/2011 1:22:30 PM PST by x
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