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Geraldo Rivera, Greg Gutfeld Spar Over Haitian Immigrants

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A heated exchange between Fox News hosts Geraldo Rivera, and Greg Gutfeld on Wednesday’s The Five ended with Rivera apologizing for misinterpreting Gutfeld’s statement about Haitian immigrants.

Gutfeld’s statement began when he blamed the media and Democrats for ignoring “the rampant violent crime that started last summer all the way to the present time.” 

Rivera took his statement to mean that Haitians are coming to the U.S. and committing violent crimes.

“Oh, wait a second,” Rivera interjected, to which Gutfeld replied, “Stop Geraldo, let me finish. I let you talk for God knows how long.”

“There’s absolutely no evidence,” exclaimed Rivera. “I defy you to find an incident, any incident that you related directly to these undocumented immigrants and urban crime.”

The apology came after a commercial break with host Dana Perino admitting there were some laughs about the mix-up during the break.

I apologize because I believe you are a very clever writer, very talented. And it is a pleasure being on the program with you,” said Rivera.

“I accept your apology,” Gutfeld told him.

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“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” Renewed For a Seventh Season

“Full Frontal” continues to be a solid draw for TBS as its current season averages 2.9 million viewers per episode across all platforms.

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As Jimmy Kimmel ponders his future as a late-night host and James Corden discusses a new contract with CBS, WarnerMedia is locking its late-night host Samantha Bee. 

Deadline reported that the cable network picked up the seventh season of “Full Frontal,” scheduled to air in 2022. 

Furthermore, with “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” moving from TNT to TBS in January, the show is transitioning to Thursdays, away from its long-time Wednesday night slot. 

“I’m beyond excited to be returning to TBS for a seventh season,” said Bee. “Now we have enough seasons for you to binge one every day of the week. I warned you I was tenacious.”

“Full Frontal” continues to be a solid draw for TBS as its current season averages 2.9 million viewers per episode across all platforms.

“Shining a spotlight on important issues and people, Sam provides needed commentary and asks questions of authority and ourselves that need to be asked,” TBS, TNT, and TruTV general manager Brett Weitz said. 

“But most of all, Sam is just funny and makes me laugh out loud each week. I’m thrilled she will continue to call TBS home.”

Along with extending the show for its seventh season, TBS renewed a first-look deal with Bee’s production company, Swimsuit Competition, which aims to discover new talent and give support and exposure to their ideas.

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Meghan Rafferty Named NBC Nightly News’ Executive Producer

Since Suozzo left in August, Rafferty has served as the interim executive producer and her regular duties as the senior broadcast producer of the program.

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“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” will have a new executive producer as Meghan Rafferty is taking over the position left vacant following the departure of Jenn Suozzo. 

Since Suozzo left in August, Rafferty has served as the interim executive producer and her regular duties as the senior broadcast producer of the program. Still, it seems as though NBC News wants to remove the temporary label and hand the position to Rafferty.

Deadline relayed the memo of the appointment sent to NBC News staffers by NBC News President Noah Oppenheim. 

“Meghan has done a phenomenal job at the helm of the newscast during the last month,” Oppenheim wrote. “She is a respected, trusted, exemplary leader with the keen news instincts and innovative vision that have been a huge part of Nighty’s recent successes and, in this new role, will help propel the broadcast to the next level.”

“As Senior Broadcast Producer, Meghan has stepped up time and time again. She skillfully led the team through the unique challenges we faced during the onset of the pandemic and became a steadfast presence in the control room during those early days of uncertainty.”

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage in the Late-Night Circuit

Several activists and leading voices on climate change appeared as guests across the late-night shows; from Dr. Jane Goodall to Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. 

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Climate change took center stage in the late-night circuit on Wednesday night as Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah banded together for “Climate Night.”

Several activists and leading voices on climate change appeared as guests across the late-night shows; from Dr. Jane Goodall to Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. 

The co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates spoke to Corden, and the late-night host asked him why he hasn’t ventured to go near space as billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have done. Gates responded, “We have a lot to do here on Earth.”

Climate Week NYC is a weeklong summit of global leaders and climate activists in New York City as they look to develop actionable resolutions. The late-night circuit is doing its part in spotlighting the issue, an event created by “The Daily Show” and “Patriot Act showrunner Steve Bodow.

“Climate change has gone very fast from ‘probably the future,’ to ‘actually, right now’ – which means we all need to be talking and thinking about it much more,” Bodow said. 

“Late-night hosts reflect our national conversation even more than Russian Twitter bots set it – so this incredible group of shows coming together makes a statement about the scale and urgency of the world’s hottest problem.”

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