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Keith joins Jay Leno on the Tonight Show along with a girl he could never touch (Jaime Pressly) and an appropriately named musical group, Los Lonely Boys. I am ponying up a free copy of Keith Olbermann's new book (seriously) to the OlbyWatch Reader who can guess how many times Olbermann will say "O'Reilly" during his appearance on The Tonight Show. I open the bidding at 12
Boy writing up KO's appearance on Leno is about as painful as watching it. It's late so let me give it my best and hope you all can come up with more in the comments.
At least in my area, Keith's appearance was preceded by a promo for Countdown. Synergy at its finest! Even better the promo had two shots of Ann Coulter with the eye patch!
It was not an auspicious beginning for KO when Jay tossed in an Olbermann - O'Reilly joke (gas is so expensive that KO and BOR are carpooling these days - har, har) that fell flat, referenced the "feud" and got little response from a mostly bewildered audience wondering "what feud" and then closed out the monologue by forgetting to list Olbermann in the "we'll be right back with..."
KO swung and missed with "got out here in time for the freeways to melt"
KO swung again and missed with "Al Gore was wrong that global warming would take 10 years - more like 10 minutes
KO was caught looking on "forecast tomorrow, 60% fog in the morning, 60% the four horseman of the apocalypse
You know it's bad when Jay keeps saying "Really?" after each joke (as opposed to laughing, for you OlbyLoons)
In a bit of surprise (to me, anyway), Jay asked about the TV Criticis Association event in Pasadena, went straight to the Bill O'Reilly mask and then the photo of KO doing his famous Nazi salute. In another bad start for KO, he then proceeds to blame Brian Williams for encouraging him to do "something creative". KO then introduced the Nazi salute photo which MIGHT put to the rest the OlbyLoons theories that the the image was a fake. As the photo was displayed, KO got his first (and only) laugh of the night and a smattering of applause from the same Loons who laughed at Jay's really lame Al Gore joke in the monologue. Sensing he was now on a roll, KO tried joking about how he was waving to a guy in the back and was caught midway between "yoo" and "hoo" (Jay: "Really?") and then trotted out the Nazi Malmedy candard yet again (Jay: "Really?").
Perhaps the line of the night came next "I wish I was making this up" (Jay: "Really?"). I will leave it to J$ to finish this one off in the comments section.
When Leno picked up the slack and asked if Keith had met O'Reilly, KO got off his only genuinely funny line about O'Reilly ("he can't go out during daylight hours") and told the Joe Torre Charity story yet again. At this point things got so bad for Keith that even I started to feel sorry for him. He tried to make O'Reilly avoiding eye contact with KO funny but after the third imitation Jay broke with "Really?"
On a sad note, Leno, forced to play the loyal NBC employee actually took one for the team and lied - "your show actually does quite well" to which Keith replied "thank you" as in "thank you for whoring yourself out for me".
Keith then explained the format of the show and they played some clips from Oddball. Jay then went all serious on Keith asking him Condi Rice and the Mideast Peace Process I think I liked the past where Keith said it seemed pretty clear what was going to happen and it should be wrapped up in a couple of weeks. Someone better tell that to Dan Abrams because they have been running scare headline in everyone of the handful of hours they are broadcasting live on MSNBC.
It was pretty clear that someone at the network MADE Leno book Olbermann. I hope Keith enjoyed himself because according to the KO Countdown Clock it is likely his last appearance.
Anyone care to comment on how Keith kept talking about being fired? Or Keith dancing around the Israel issue moments after Jay showed the Nazi salute? Or maybe how the appearance did more to promote O'Reilly than it did to promote Countdown?
I tivo'd it and will grab some video tomorrow. There was one shot I want to put up of Keith raising his eyebrows to the audience after "meeting" Jamie Pressly as if to say "hubba, hubba".
For those scoring at home, I counted 4 "Bill O'Reilly's" and 1 "Bill" so let's call that 4 1/2.
one good move has the entire video
The Olbersphere weighs in...
Newsbusters - with video
Media Research Center - with video
Relevant Torture - Jay's questions even sounded like they were written by Keith's "lovely" publicist.
Drunk with Olby
Rathergate - blamed Brian Williams for his abuse of the Holocaust
Outside the Olbersphere...
It was way back last week, so maybe it's understandable that his memory has dimmed, but MSNBC host Keith Olbermann's recollections of the playful Nazi salute he gave at a Saturday breakfast of TV critics are, shall we say, imprecise.
UPDATE: Becky at Relevant Torture links to news from me who writes "I asked yesterday about what was omitted via a bad edit during Keith Olbermann's Tonight Show appearance the other night. My spies tell me it was an explanation of Bill O'Reilly's defense of Nazi killers during World War II...essentially the same story told on the page to which I linked [what he linked was the Media Matters account of Olbermann's rant in early June].