There are certain things you just don’t say. Amongst those things, you should never wish ill on someone else’s family; shout fire in a public theater; or suggest your president is responsible for the holocaust. After that there’s an entirely different realm of the unspoken that exists solely for people who have a public forum, which George Carlin affectionately dubbed the “seven words you can’t say on television.”
Last night FOX-NY anchor Ernie Anastos created an entirely new category of the unutterable, melding one of those seven forbidden broadcast words with what some (okay, maybe just me) might refer to as an artfully nonsensical non-sequitir, and on live television no less. The veteran NYC area anchor, seemingly trying to bridge the gap between a tender weather forecast by meteorologist Nick Gregory and a story about the new Dan Brown book, laughingly encouraged his fair weather friend to “keep f%$king that chicken”– and then just kept a rollin’ as if nothing inappropriate had been said.
Anastos’ smooth transition was a little rockier for his colleagues, as the priceless look on co-anchor Dari Alexander’s face made it appear as though a shock and awe offensive had just been unleashed underneath the newsdesk, while Gregory just sort of tossed his hands up in the air as if to say, “I guess that’s Ernie for ya.”
We’ve yet to hear an official statement from FOX on the matter, but we’re thinking they might give ol’ Ernie the Ron Burgundy treatment and order him to stick strictly to what’s on the prompter from now on– lest he be immediately demoted to a lesser news affiliate broadcasting inside an actual whale’s vagina.
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