Skip to comments.CNN's Bob Costas refuses to host show about Natalee Holloway (wtg Bob Costas)
Posted on 08/19/2005 8:20:51 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
(NY-AP) August 19, 2005 - The story of a missing Alabama teenager in Aruba had CNN searching for a plan-'C' last night. Bob Costas, the occasional fill-in on the network's "Larry King Live," refused to anchor Thursday night's show because it was primarily about the search for Natalee Holloway.
Costas has released a statement saying that he suggested alternatives for the show, but that "producers preferred the topics they had chosen." His manager would not say what Costas didn't like about the topic.
The show's senior executive producer says that Costas was uncomfortable with the subject matter, and that the decision was mutual because of that.
Chris Pixley had to fill in at the last minute on a show where seven of the ten guests talked about the missing girl.
But, I admire anyone who will stand up and refuse to do a show.
Good job Bob!!
By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer
August 19, 2005, 9:10 PM EDT
NEW YORK -- While some cable TV hosts are making their living off the Natalee Holloway case this summer, Bob Costas is having none of it.
Costas, hired by CNN as an occasional fill-in on "Larry King Live," refused to anchor Thursday's show because it was primarily about the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba. Chris Pixley filled in at the last minute.
"I didn't think the subject matter of Thursday's show was the kind of broadcast I should be doing," Costas said in a statement. "I suggested some alternatives but the producers preferred the topics they had chosen. I was fine with that, and respectfully declined to participate."
Costas' manager declined to elaborate on what Costas didn't like about the topic.
Thursday's guests included Beth Holloway Twitty, the girl's mother; a television reporter; and an investigator in the case. Seven of the show's 10 guests talked about the missing girl, the other segments were about the BTK killer.
The Holloway case has been a big attraction on cable news networks during a slow news period, with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren getting record ratings as she's paid almost nonstop attention to it. Reports of Costas' decision first surfaced on the mediabistro.com Web site on Friday.
"There were no hard feelings at all," Costas said. "It's not a big deal. I'm sure there are countless topics that will be mutually acceptable in the future."
Wendy Walker, senior executive producer of "Larry King Live," described it as a mutual decision for Costas not to do the show because he was uncomfortable with the subject matter.
"We love having Bob ... and since `Larry King Live' covers an extremely extensive palate of subjects, there will always be shows that he will enjoy hosting," she said.
The NBC Sports personality, also host of "Costas Now" on HBO, had agreed to be host for about 20 editions of "Larry King Live" this year. He's done six, the network said. His decision is reminiscent of Keith Olbermann, the former sportscaster who left his MSNBC news show in the late 1990s in part because he was asked to repeatedly cover the Monica Lewinsky story. Olbermann is back now for his second run at MSNBC.
He probably just didn't want to be following FoxNews on the story.
Reminds me of when Olbermann quit in a huff because he didn't want to do any more shows about Monica. This is grandstanding by Costas, trying to draw some attention to himself. He's just Larry King with better hair....
I couldn't give a guy kudos who'd work for CNN in the first place.
CNN's dirty money lines his wallet. Whether he presents a Halloway story or not, he's benefiting from a network that would (what do I mean would, they do) sell our nation out. Nuff said...
If they asked him to do a show about Saint Cindy he'd be all over it..
I was kind of worried what the reaction might be to my WTG Bob, but I am well envious. I am stuck having to watch what they want me to watch, he actually had a say in what he did not want to watch.
I was talking to my beloved earlier. I had mentioned how frustrated I was with the endless coverage of a case that I have no way to make a difference in, other than prayers. I know it is the job of her mom to keep the story at the front but goodness give us some news. It is the same news just wrapped with different paper.
My heart is heavy when I think, why the hell aren't these cable hosts (not sure they are journalists) taking time to talk about Matt Maupin? The young man, who did his parents proud, who joined the military, who was snatched over a year ago. Who has not been heard from and who has been recently promoted.
Where are the cracker jack investigative reporters? Greta, Joe, Geraldo, Bill the list goes on. There is no news on the MIA/POW SGT Maupin, but, hell shouldn't he be right up there and again I cannot do anything to help, but lets be fair, the parents of Maupin must be in deep despair. They have not bitched to the President like Sheehan, they are waiting patiently for their son to return through their front door.
But, oh yeah, we need to talk about Natalee, I guess her mother is much more important than military mom, who's son is somewhere, anywhere, sound familiar, yeah, sounds like Natalee but it is just some military guy.
I am pissed I am beyond pissed. I want folks to join with me, to say enough is enough. If you disagree about the coverage that is OK, but let's just get SGT Maupin's name back on the front burner, write the cable shows, your local networks pick up a bracelet and wear it proudly HE IS THE ONLY MIA/POW in this war, we OWE it to him.
Cable news folks, keep going in the direction you are going and I will give the remote to the pup's to play with.
END OF RANT.
Thanks. A lot.
havent watched tv in months and when i do, it sure isnt the news! :)
Now if the producers would get the message and get off of Holloway, I'd be even happier...
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Hell, they've been on this non-stop since May. It is a very sad ordeal, but until there is actually something new to report they need to give it a rest.
There has been about 20 minutes of news in the Natalee Holloway case in the last two months. You would never know that by watching Fox News coverage.
What in the world is there possibly left to say? Greta was down to doing stories about what the two Kalpoe (I can't spell it) boys did when they were released from prison (I don't care). She was interviewing their classmates, she interviewed anyone who was even peripherally associated with any of the suspects. What in the world is left to say?
You know it is not about CNN, but it was refreshing to see someone who was not going to be a hack to another's agenda.
I am angry, but, you know who is lost in all of this on all the networks. The only ONE MIA/POW SGT Matt Maupin, where is the coverage about him. I guess it is because he is a military guy and the military takes care of it's own.
I can say this, the Holloway mom, should think long and hard about the Maupin family it seems her daughter rates more coverage than a fine soldier serving our country and snagged and probably and sadly has met his death.
Great to see you friend, been a while.
Thanks for the ping. GOOD RANT!
I wasn't trying to give you a hard time.
It's just that I turned on CNN this morning and saw them cannonizing Sheehan. I dispise that network.
It is admirable the Costas took a stand on this issue.
I don't know, and quite frankly, I'm at the point where I don't care any more.
The girl is most likely dead; at this point, everything that the news networks (And Greta - I blame her probably more than anyone for prostituting the story to begin wtih) have to say is simply "porn." People are leering at this like it's some kind of surreal peep show.
What the heck did Costas think he was going to be doing filling in for Larry King? Serious topics? NOT.
Mind you, the murder of this girl is a serious topic, but it is not being treated as such by the news channels; they have made it into a rather exploitative spectacle.
I'm not enthused with their lionization of Sheehan, but I am proud of the work I did there; plus I know some good guys who still work there. (unfortunately they are outnumbered by the bad guys...)
His not wanting to do this show was ALL about Costas and his own ego -- NOT principle.
Great rant! Ditto!
"Costas has released a statement saying that he suggested alternatives for the show"
He probably preferred a fluff piece on Cindy Sheehan
Bob deserves kudos. I feel for Natalee's family, but the media reaaly should just find something else to do.
Good rant but sadly half our country is anti-war and TV shows are all about ratings. They stick with whatever pulls in the crowd but most of us get tired of the same thing all the time.
I saw a quick shot of Greta walking the street talking about some couple that disappeared in a van or something. Looks like that may be the next hot story!!!
Sheesh. Just watching FOX tabloid, er news, tonite.
They cut off Senator Weldon as he was discussing Able Danger to go onto a story about Natalee Holloway.
LOL, I didn't realize you used to work there. Sorry my criteria was broad enough to snare you.
Back in the 80s, I used to watch the network. FoxNews wasn't available in my area and shows like Crossfire weren't too bad. Yes there were lefties, but they were fairly well counterbalanced by Novak and Buchanan.
I don't watch much CNN these days, hardly at all. Every time I turn on the network for a minute or two I am more or less shocked by what I see.
Look, all organizations have some good people working for them. Sorry to have offended you.
Costas is a sycophant---a nerdy nobody talking head. When he interviewed Hilliary Costas wished for her to impart her wisdom and asked the b***h:
How, from where you sit, have you maintained your dignity and how can you be so controlled under circumstances that would be trying for the best of us?
If he can interview an evil psycho like Hiliary he could devote some time to the search for Natalee.
Yeah the story is old, stale, hackneyed and relying on pure speculation- however- Greta's numbers have skyrocketed with this story (2nd on cable news behind O'-f'n- Reilly). Costas does not get paid to produce or direct programming- maybe he ought to do a story on The Olympics as Anachronism.
I know... it's bizarre, isn't it? That's why I've been watching a LOT less of Fox News lately (except for Brit Hume and a couple of other shows). And I run FR's "FoxFan" list...
Costas' offered alternatives:
1. The blasphemy of the DH rule in baseball.
2. Pete Rose - villain or hero?
3. A tribute to Vin Scully
4. The infield fly rule - a historical perspective.
nutmeg I have to confess I've not watched FoxNews in a while... I get the NH updates from freeper texkat and it's just repeating information I've already read about.
Remember, its FEMALE VIEWERS who are driving this Natalee Holloway BS, just as they drove the Scott and Lacey Peterson story.
Good for him----now if only Greta would find something else to do.
The coverage of this case has been an absolute disgrace and I have been switching the channel for the last month when anything about it comes on.
Why the hell should I give more of a damn about Natalee Holloway than the hundreds of folks who go missing all over the country? What the hell kind of name is "Jug" Twitty anyway?
Ah, another woman sticking up for the nonstop coverage of Natalee.
Just as was the case with Lacey Peterson, I change the station whenever the words "Natalee" and "Aruba" are mentioned.
Because the media insists you should care...just like you should care about Britney's belly stretch marks. BTW, I didn't know JLo got knocked up. Now that's hugh and series.
This is what i could find for Sgt. Maupin. It might be a good idea to have some banners for him at the Crawford pro Military rally coming up.
I think the point is about Costas's attitude and that he'd probably jump on another over-played story...Saint Cindy...because it fits his agenda. (I agree that the Natalee story is way overexposed...although I didn't know she was from a rich family).
I followed the Scott Peterson case a little more closely just because the idea of murdering a pregnant woman was disgusting. You couldn't help but follow it because it was on 24-7 *LOL* I'm almost sure the reason why I hate Fox News is because I hate watching repeat info.
You're very wrong about Costas.
I am glad he chose not to involve himself in helping a network sensationalize this case more than it already has been.
NEWSFLASH: JLO is carrying my child.
If I was rich, I'd probably take advantage of every privilege to find my child. I can't fault her for that one.
WHAT ABOUT IT MADE HIM FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE? It's NOT about HIM...it's about a missing young woman and about three people who know where she is. Why woudl that make him feel uncomfortable?
Costas. never was any good.