Remember the old days when news used to be boring? Now, we’re in a brand new era, where the most uninteresting facts can be turned into fiery rants that have us glued to our screens. Reporters also get more emotional than ever before, with their reactions even overshadowing the story at times.
To put it bluntly: Nobody does all this better than Fox News. Truth be told, when Fox reporters lose it on camera, we can’t look away — and when huge personalities like Jeanine Pirro, Sean Hannity, Eric Bolling, or Geraldo Rivera are in the mix, we get riled up even more.
While every day is a heart-pounding day on set for Fox News hosts, certain moments get particularly heated. Here’s a look at some of the most captivating clips where Fox News hosts totally lost their composure on live TV. Hold onto your hats, because you’re in for a wild ride.
Jeanine Pirro: ‘Do not go there!’
Fox News’ The Five is known for its passionate debates, but the clash between Jeanine Pirro and Juan Williams was even more lively than usual. When discussing the impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Pirro, a conservative judge, seemed to minimize it by saying. “It’s a bunch of hogwash, it’s a bunch of telephone, it’s a bunch of rumors, hearsay, get over it.” But her co-host Juan Williams wasn’t going to let her get away that easily.
“I get the impression that what the right is saying here is, ‘Don’t watch, don’t pay attention to impeachment. You’d be smart to go watch whatever,'” Williams said. Pirro later replied that Democrats were simply “trashing” Trump as free political advertising, to which Williams said, “Oh, stop.”
“Don’t tell me to stop, I’m a judge!” barked Pirro. Williams replied, “As a judge, you should know better … You don’t even understand!” That’s when Pirro really snapped, yelling, “Do not go there! Do not go there!” As the two shouted over each other, Jesse Watters finally broke up the argument, soothing both of his irate co-hosts with the sentiment, “There are a lot of people brainwashed by the mainstream media.”
Jim Ryan and Dick Oliver delivered low blows
Back in 2001 on New York’s Fox 15, anchor Jim Ryan wasn’t satisfied with the interview Dick Oliver was conducting about a landlord-tenant dispute. After Oliver was finished speaking to his interviewee, Ryan told Oliver live on-air to bring her back on camera to respond further.
After the interviewee came back, Oliver snapped to Ryan, “So what do you want now?” Ryan snapped back, “Well, if I have to teach you how to be a reporter, Ollie, I’ll do that later.” After a tense (yet hilarious) back-and-forth, Oliver pointed at the camera and said to Ryan, “I’ll give you some lessons on how to be an editor because I was your boss once.” Ryan got the last word with: “Yeah, you were, and are no longer. How’d that happen?” He then cut off Oliver and jumped to the next segment. Meanwhile the interviewee, clearly amused, stood off to the side smiling.
The moment became known as an internet classic, and some even speculated that it inspired a series of sketches on Saturday Night Live where Bill Hader plays a surly, older reporter named “Herb Welch” on a local New York news channel.
Tucker Carlson snappped at Stormy Daniels’ lawyer
Fox’s Tucker Carlson had been having fun with attorney Michael Avenatti for quite some time on his show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, referring to him regular as “the creepy porn lawyer” for representing adult actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Shockingly, after several attempts, Fox News finally got Michael Avenatti to agree to an interview… and it was tense, to say the very least.
During the conversation, Avenatti denounced Carlson for giving him the “creepy porn lawyer” nickname (which Carlson agreed not to say out loud, but put onscreen as the interview unfolded). Then, Avenatti turned the tables with an unexpected question.”When’s the last time you saw porn?” asked Avenatti. Carlson volleyed back, “Ooh, you busted me — actually, maybe humiliation porn, that’s why I watch you on CNN!” He then cackled almost uncontrollably.
Avenatti later told The Hollywood Reporter that the tension didn’t stop when the interview did. “After we went off the air, I repeatedly told Tucker Carlson directly to his face that he and the show and the network was a joke,” he said, adding, “I think [Carlson] came away looking very bad.” As for how Carlson felt about the heated exchange? “I’d encourage everyone to watch the segment,” he told THR through a rep.