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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Greg Gutfeld of Red Eye fame to write for CBC?

Just a few weeks ago, Greg Guttfeld of Fox News' really late-night Red Eye satirical news discussion show caused a furor in Canada by joking about our troops. Here's video of the incident:

It stirred up sufficient anger in Canada (it was called "despicable" and "disgusting") to get Doug Benson, one of the frequent comedians on the Red Eye show, uninvited from a gig in Edmonton. Gutfeld, in response to the outrage, issued this apology:

...I realize that my words may have been misunderstood. It was not my intent to disrespect the brave men, women and families of the Canadian military, and for that I apologize. Red Eye is a satirical take on the news, in which all topics are addressed in a lighthearted, humorous and ridiculous manner.

Today there is news that Fox News has canceled Red Eye. Gutfeld, in his "good bye" statement, writes:

...I've also accepted a writing position with This Hour Has 22 Minutes, a Canadian television comedy series that airs weekly on the CBC. I'll also be producing and appearing in special video segments taped in Florida entitled "Talking to Canadians."

Since it is April Fool's Day, this news needs to be double-checked, and may need to be updated soon. Somehow, I'm skeptical that CBC would hire Gutfeld as a writer for a comedy series that focuses on Canadian political news items...

h/t: National Newswatch

UPDATE: And it probably is an April Fool's joke, since the website linked to is "www.foxnews.backourbid.com/red_eye_on_fox.htm," rather than simply "www.foxnews.com/redeye." The latter site says nothing about Red Eye being canceled, or Gutfeld writing jokes for This Hour has 22 minutes.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on April 1, 2009 in Media | Permalink


Apparatchiks at the CBC would reserve an exceptional hatred for satirical comedians who aren't radical leftists.

Gutfeld is simply giving our government bureaucrats at the CBC a poke, it's funny.

The CBC billionaires produce 'This hour has 22 minutes' which is boring except for the occasional screed by that guy.

If Canadian comedians were allowed to make fun of the CBC there would probably be some great stuff out there - but doing that could easily ruin any career they might have hoped for in Canada. Not all entertainers/media people work for the CBC, but it's all one big taxpayer subsidized industry, and that means central control of cash and favours.

Posted by: Philanthropist | 2009-04-01 4:07:03 PM

The CBC is nothing but an organized crime, draining precious tax dollars accomplishing nothing. Abolish the CBC NOW!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-04-01 4:45:51 PM

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