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Seth Meyers Excited About Studio Return & In-Person Guests

The media outlet then discussed with Meyers having in-person guests and the difference between talking to someone face-to-face instead of having the interview on Zoom.

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NBC’s “Late Night” host Seth Meyers recently spoke with Deadline about returning to the studios following months away and doing the program from home as the late-night hosts begin recording from their studio with in-person guests, some with a live audience. 

“The novelty hasn’t worn off; it’s so nice to be back in the studio, having done the show out of the studio that every day you are acutely aware of how much harder the job could be without being surrounded by this really talented staff. Tonight was only our third or fourth show where both guests were in the studio, and that’s great,” Meyers said. 

“Really, I still feel as though, and sadly the more you do it, the better you get at doing a Zoom interview; that was a lot harder a year ago, but nothing got easy about doing the tech myself and not having to worry about that and being able to focus on writing and performance, is such a gift.”

The media outlet then discussed with Meyers having in-person guests. Then asked the difference between talking to someone face-to-face instead of having the interview on Zoom. 

“The upside to Zoom is that the guest is talking to the audience, they’re looking into the camera, and the downside is you still can’t quite tell when you’re supposed to jump in. It’s really hard, so I think it’s even a bit better if the guest is telling a great story and it’s not about you as a host needing to be there to banter with them. So that’s a real positive to how Zoom works,” Meyers said. 

“But you’re always just on your toes trying to figure out what you should be doing, which a lot easier when you have a guest in studio. The people who show up are so happy to be there. David Harbour, who is always a delight to talk to, you could tell that was a guy who wanted to put his best suit on and go somewhere, so that’s really nice too.”

Finally, Meyers was asked by Deadline whether he’s jealous of other late-night hosts having an audience. “Late Night” has yet to tape in front of a live audience. 

“It will be fascinating to see what it’s like to be in front of a talk show audience again. I feel like I’ve forgotten. I’m worried that the first time they make a noise, I’m going to turn on them and scream, “We’re trying to have a conversation.” We’re not rushing back, we’re going to wait until September at the earliest to bring audiences back, but it will be interesting to see it from the other side on The Tonight Show,” Meyers said.

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Abby Phillip Calls Out Tucker Carlson for Pushing “White Replacement” Theory

Phillip is calling out Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.

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In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, CNN’s Abby Phillip is calling out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.

Phillip moderated a panel on “Inside Politics Sunday” where she conjured Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) callout of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for promoting the far-right conspiracy theory. The theory pushes the notion that there is a scheme to replace White people with immigrants. 

“Over the weekend, Adam Kinzinger highlighted the no. 3 Republican in the house, Elise Stefanik’s use of the White replacement theory,” Phillip said. 

“In an ad, he wrote, ‘Did you know Stefanik pushes white replacement theory? The no. 3 in the House GOP, Liz Cheney, got removed for demanding the truth. The Republican leader should be asked about this.”

Furthermore, she stated that the politician isn’t the only one pushing this plot, leading to her criticism of Carlson. 

“It’s not just Elise Stefanik. If you watch Fox News, this is the mainstay of their primetime hours. Tucker Carlson discusses it in sometimes euphemistic form, but not really all that euphemistic,” Phillip added. 

“This policy is called the great replacement, the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far away countries.”

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Peter Doocy: Jen Psaki Was Very Effective at Her Job

Doocy spoke on “Fox & Friends” about the exit of Psaki from her White House press secretary role.

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This past Friday marked the final briefing for White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who will reportedly be heading to join MSNBC now that she’s left her position within the Biden Administration. 

During her stint in the White House, Psaki clashed with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on various occasions. During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” he spoke about her exit and stated that Psaki made him a better reporter.

“It’s not just me asking questions. She would ask me questions right back. When I would go in there with something that was not part of the White House talking point for the day, she would ask me every single time ‘Who was saying that about us?’ or ‘Where are you getting that from?’” Doocy said. 

“And so I always had to have it ready right away, and I think that all that extra homework that I knew I had to do because, when I challenged her she would challenge me right back, probably has made me a better reporter. And so, I am grateful to her for that.”

Furthermore, Doocy went on to say that despite the memorable dialogues during her stint, the reporter credited Psaki for consistently calling on Fox News correspondents and noted that, as a White House administrator, she was effective at her job.

“A lot of the time, when people will ask ‘Why don’t we hear from Joe Biden more?’ they’ll say, ‘Well, Jen Psaki’s at the podium,’” Doocy added. 

“So there have been times that they have sent her out to give him cover, and she has done that very effectively, if you are a White House official looking at this and so that ends today, we hope.”

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Judy Woodruff Reportedly Stepping Down From PBS NewsHour

Woodruff will remain with the program through the 2022 midterms this fall, after which she’ll step down. 

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PBS NewsHour is seeing some new changes as Puck’s new Washington correspondent Tara Palmeri reported the news on Judy Woodruff stepping down from her position. 

Woodruff will remain with the program through the 2022 midterms this fall, after which she’ll step down. 

The report adds PBS NewsHour weekend anchor Geoff Bennett and Woodruff’s primary substitute/the newscast’s chief correspondent Amna Nawaz will co-anchor the hour-long newscast upon Woodruff’s exit. Furthermore, the media outlet is constructing a new studio for the duo.

TV Newser confirmed with a source that Woodruff informed the staff Friday afternoon that she plans to continue as the anchor for PBS NewsHour until the end of the year.

“After that, as I’ve planned for a while, I’ll transition to reporting longer pieces, doing projects and specials for WETA, and maintaining a regular presence on the NewsHour, at least through the 2024 presidential election,” Woodruff said. 

“Bottom line, I’m thrilled to be part of this vibrant, most extraordinary news organization, and to help the NewsHour remain that way well into the future.”

Regarding her future after the midterm elections, Woodruff is reportedly preparing to remain at the network in a position that has yet to be defined and is backed by PBS leadership. 

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