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Dorothy Lucey purges co-host's 'mean' at 'Good Day L.A.' [Video]

Dorothy Lucey joked about her promise not to cry during her guest shot Monday on her former rival "The KTLA Morning News," her first TV appearance since being let go a little more than a week ago from "Good Day L.A.", the Fox 11 news/entertainment show where she had worked for 17 years.

But Lucey, whose contract was not renewed, almost teared up when recalling how distraught she was by unflattering comments the show's "weather and lifestyle" anchor Jillian (Barberie) Reynolds had made about her on Howard Stern's radio show. Reynolds in 2009 spoke to Stern about her dislike for Lucey, calling her "very Christian and Bible-thumpy."

Lucey said she would call her friend, KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, on her way to work, sobbing and saying, "I don't know if I want to be there anymore," she was so upset by the "mean."

The KTLA morning news team and Lucey were discussing Reynolds' apology to Lucey about those insults on the morning before Lucey's farewell. Footage of the apology -- and the conciliatory hug between the women with anchor Steve Edwards between them -- has provoked considerable buzz from some observers and bloggers who felt Reynolds was insincere and faking tears.

Rubin on Monday told Lucey that he felt Reynolds had taken "this unfortunate thing that happened to Dorothy, and made it all about herself." Weather anchor Mark Kriski said he felt Lucey was being blamed because things at KTTV "are not going well."

Lucey said she was also surprised by what she called her firing, since station management had told her that they wanted a "nice" newscast and that she fit right in. "I'm the nice Christian girl, the charity girl," she quipped.

She said she had a sense that she was going to be let go: "People were looking at me for a few weeks with sad eyes. I knew for a couple of weeks. I went through a period of denial."

But Lucey noted that despite the hard times, "for the most part, it was really fun." Saying she loved Edwards and Reynolds, who she called "a sister," Lucey added that she was touched by Reynolds' apology.

"I thought it was something that was deep and lovely, because [the comments] had been gnawing at me," Lucey said. "It helped me say goodbye." She suggested she had never confronted Reynolds about the statements: "You like to think you're the bigger person, that you forgive and forget, but it had gnawed at me."

Edwards remains on "Good Day L.A." while Reynolds will appear on a more limited basis that will allow her to participate in other projects. Executives said they would soon start holding auditions to replace Lucey.



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Dorothy Lucey says goodbye to Jillian, 'Good Day L.A.'


For the first time in 17 years, Fox 11’s "Good Day L.A." aired without Dorothy Lucey as permanent co-host this week, as fans continued protests that began last week via Twitter, Facebook and posts on the television station’s website.

After being fired from the show she helmed with Steve Edwards and frenemy/“sister” Jillian (Barberie) Reynolds, Lucey was free to take her middle-school-age son to school Tuesday and to begin laying plans for a post-"GDLA" future.

“I was really surprised and deeply touched,” Lucey said about the many social media messages supporting her over the last week. “Morning TV is kind of intimate. People are watching you in their jammies and they feel close to you.”

Lucey has been talking to producer Nigel Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”) about a show focused on the charitable group run by “The Good News Girls” — Los Angeles new personalities Lucey, Wendy Burch, Pat Harvey, Ana Garcia and Christine Devine.

She has also been contacted by other TV executives and pondered writing a book. The subject? “God and gossip,” she said. “I have been torn as a nice Christian girl who has done a lot of smutty gossip reporting in her life. That has been big and push and pull.”

Lucey had said last week she didn’t feel much like sitting through a send-off program celebrating her KTTV tenure, particularly for the same managers who declined to renew her contract. “The suits, as they fired me, they asked me and I don’t want to celebrate being fired,” she said on the air.

But as it turned out, her co-hosts noted her departure on both Thursday and Friday — Reynolds by apologizing for some unflattering comments she made about Lucey when Reynolds was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show.

“I’ve said some dumb, dumb things and I just want to say,” Reynolds began, before apparently choking back tears, “I just want to say, I think that’s what’s made this show what it is, that you and I have not always agreed. But we are like sisters and…. I love you.”

Reynolds blamed The Times for using the Lucey departure to raise the old accounts about feuding between the co-hosts. “That was so five years ago,” she told the audience, while suggesting that the newspaper wanted to write bad things about the morning show in order to help rival KTLA Channel 5. KTLA, like The Times, is owned by Tribune Co.

Although some bloggers mocked the teary rapprochement between the two women, a source close to Lucey said she appreciated Barberie’s words. The two have become close, despite past disputes,  said the source, who asked not to be named while sharing a private conversation with Lucey.

Among those tweeting their support to Lucey in recent days have been television personalities Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. Wrote Cowell: “I love Good Day LA. But cannot imagine it without Dorothy. I wish they would change their minds. I really, really like her.”

Former sitcom star and fitness maven Suzanne Somers, who saw her run on the mega-hit “Three’s Company” cut short by a contract dispute, also tweeted support for Lucey. “U will be missed,” she wrote. “I remember another show with three people they broke up the chemistry over a contract.”


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Photo: Dorothy Lucey, left, Steve Edwards and Jillian Reynolds of "Good Day L.A." are seen in 2000. Credit: Adam Sheridan Taylor / KTTV

Reviewing 'Anderson': Can Anderson Cooper elevate daytime?

 Anderson cooper daytime show premieres

Until recently, I was unaware that anyone besides Anderson Cooper’s friends, family and, perhaps, a potential romantic partner was clamoring to see his “daytime side.” But apparently I was out of the loop, because here’s the intrepid CNN reporter getting all soft-feature personal with his new talk show “Anderson,” which premiered Monday on KTTV Channel 11 at 4.

As everyone knows, “daytime” is synonymous with a certain downscaling of expectations -- “Jerry Springer” and soap operas, all those crazy judges and Oprah wanna-bes. Cooper, who has done everything but sing a duet of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” with Katie Couric to plug his new show, swears that he just wants a program in which he can explore his other interests.

Which, despite the man’s famous Vanderbilt/Dalton School/Yale/CNN pedigree, appears to be eerily similar to every other daytime talk show host’s.  He’s fascinated with “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Harry Potter, friends with Kathy Griffin, admires the films of Sarah Jessica Parker and is not afraid to bare his naked torso while getting a spray-on tan with Snooki.

Still, he is Anderson Cooper, and that has to count for something. Like getting an exclusive interview with Amy Winehouse’s family for his premiere. Speaking in their first major television interview since the singer’s death, Winehouse’s family -- her father, mother, gran, stepmother and boyfriend -- were frank, charming and heartbreaking.

Cooper, an inarguably fine interviewer, led them through their memories of Winehouse and their grief at losing her at a time when, according to her father, she seemed to be finally sober and on the right track. Although there was something uncomfortably sensational about leading with the parents of a dead rock star, their story not only humanized a young woman who became  the latest poster child for the perils of early success, it spoke to countless other parents in similar nightmarish situations.

If only Cooper had been willing to stop at that -- an interview that would not have been out of place on any news show at any time. But no, surrendering to the siren call of Daytime, Cooper chose to open the show while riding a bicycle. And while one applauds all efforts to go green, watching Anderson Cooper address a camera mounted, apparently, on his handlebars more than slightly undercut the sincerity of his stated desire to talk to Winehouse’s parents to see “what went wrong when everything seemed to be going so right.” (And it was nerve-racking as he never seemed to take his eyes off the camera and he wasn’t wearing a helmet.)

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'Dish Nation' seeks to harness radio chatter for TV

Can lively radio make for good television? The Fox Television Stations group is going to find out this summer with “Dish Nation,” a half-hour weeknight show that will package clips from four radio programs around the country.

It's being billed as an “entertainment news program featuring … a fast-paced, unscripted take on pop culture, celebrity scandals and salacious, headline-grabbing conversations.”

DISH_NATION_Logo_Final.jpg Among the radio personalities involved is Felli Fel of L.A. hip-hop station KPWR-FM (106.7), along with program hosts in New York (Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill of WPLJ-FM), Atlanta (Rick Smiley of WHTA-FM) and Detroit (Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek of WDVD-FM).

“Dish Nation” will get a six-week tryout on Fox-owned KTTV-TV Channel 11, starting July 25 at 6:30 p.m. It also will air on Fox stations in New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Putting TV cameras in radio studios isn't completely untried, of course. Howard Stern's old syndicated radio show was a staple on E! Entertainment from 1994 to 2005. Don Imus' morning radio show used to be on MSNBC and now is on Fox Business Network. Dan Patrick's morning radio show is seen on Fox Sports; ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" is simulcast on ESPN2.

— Lee Margulies

KNBC, KTTV big winners at Golden Mike Awards

KNBC and KTTV won top honors Saturday at the 61st Annual Golden Mike Awards, which salutes excellence in broadcast and Internet journalism.

The Radio and Television News Assn. honored KNBC for daytime and half-hour newscasts, while KTTV won for 60-minute newscast.

Regis Philbin, the host of "Live with Regis and Kelly" who announced his retirement from that show last week, was presented with the first-ever broadcast legend award.

Veteran local news anchors Kelly Lange and Jose A. Ronstadt were presented with lifetime achievement awards. Lange, who retired from KNBC, is currently a novelist while Ronstadt is an anchor at Telemundo.

In the radio division, KNX-AM  won for top newscast over 15 minutes, while KFI-AM won for newscasts under 15 minutes.

-- Greg Braxton




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