"Good evening, San Diego. I'm Veronica Corningstone. Tits McGee is on vacation."
"And I'm Tits... I'm Ron Burgundy."
CBS 3 STAFFERS were reminded of the at-odds characters Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone in "Anchorman" last week when Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane got into a heated exchange on-set following Tuesday's 6 p.m. newscast.
The argument, about the length of time devoted to a news story, started professionally but soon delved into the personal, with sources saying Mendte told Lane she was only there to read off the teleprompter, and she told him that he's on his way out, while she's on her way up. Asked whether it got personal, Mendte said, "If it did or it didn't, it doesn't matter."
He called the fight "a strong, passionate editorial discussion," which he said is "a good thing" because it shows "we're both passionate about what we do." "She has strong opinions and so do I," Mendte said.
"I'm not going to get into anything about that," Lane replied when asked about the mudslinging. "Larry's like my big brother," she said. "If we pull each other's pigtails, that's what it is, but we were over it that night and laughing about it." We know they're speaking at least, as they spoke to each other before returning our calls yesterday, which may explain the similarity in their accounts.
In other broadcasting news, apparently Tony Kornheiser and Geoff Butt favorite John Feinstein dropped a wicked expletive while broadcasting the Navy game over the weekend. He tried to resign after the game, but since no one listens to Navy games there weren't many offended listeners. My question, what the hell did he say? Something that would make George Carlin blush?
NFL Question: Didn't there used to be a huge deal made of coaches who scripted their first 15 plays and then would not deviate from them as the game began? Wasn't Mike Shanahan one of those donkeys? Do they still do that, and Madden and Co. just got sick of fellating them for it?
Well, that didn't take long...As if Human Vacuum Kate Moss wasn't already having a rough time, it looks like her late night escapades are affecting the lexicon across the pond. Moss' name has become slang for cocaine in London - apparently you can hear partygoers asking "Have you got any Kate Moss on you?" or "Coming for a quick Kate Moss?" NYC supporters of Tony Montana are said to be jealous.
A moment of silence please - Comic genius and butt of late night jokes Nipsey Russell has died at the age of 80. Apparently know as "the poet laureate of television", I think we all best know Nipsey as the star of Chris Rock's "No Sex (in the Champagne Room)" video. Nipsey, I'm going to miss you, but at least I know you'll live on forever through crappy reruns of "The Match Game".