Saturday, May 18, 2024

News Anchor Ashleigh Banfield Responds With Grace and Eloquence to Katie Couric Slagging in Book


Ashleigh Banfield, who I’ve always liked so much but haven’t seen in some time, really came through today.

Banfield responded with grace and eloquence to news that Katie Couric slagged her in her upcoming memoir.

Couric writes that she turned against Banfield when she heard that that Ashleigh’s father said in the New York Post that NBC should give her Katie’s job. That’s the gist of it. Katie said she wouldn’t mentor Ashleigh because of it.

If only Katie had called Banfield. Today Ashleigh says a Post reporter called her dad, who was senile in a care home for a quote when Banfield was on assignment in Afghanistan. The poor man was confused, and misquoted on top of that.

Banfield doesn’t care. She goes on to praise Katie, say she’s the gold standard in broadcasting, has always admired her, and hopes she’ll set the record straight.

Ashleigh is a five star reporter, and should be back on a major network. She’s terrific!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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