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Farrah Fawcett's passing has ABC and NBC reeling

June 25, 2009 |  1:40 pm

The vultures are out.

NBC and ABC are racing to get Farrah Fawcett tribute specials on the air tonight in the wake of the actress' death this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. NBC at least has a track record in milking Fawcett's illness for ratings. ABC jumped in today without even waiting for confirmation of her passing before announcing the special edition of "20/20" called "Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy," according to the New York Times.

If NBC and ABC are looking for someone to discuss Fawcett's career, might we suggest super-vulture Michael Levine, a particularly opportunistic publicist who sent an e-mail out to reporters saying Fawcett's death "feels like a death of our own youth and innocence and it hurts." Oh, and he adds that if you want to discuss that more fully, give him a call.

-- Joe Flint