Janeane Garofalo Leaves Air America, NPR, O'Reilly Factor
On NPR, Garofalo's AAR Exit Finally Confirmed
Though you wouldn't know it from looking at Air America's website, hotheaded actress / comedian / political activist Janeane Garofalo's departure from the struggling liberal talk radio outfit has now finally been made clear.
To get straight answers regarding the network's near-constant personnel departures, it apparently takes an entire village!
The Radio Equalizer first broke this story on June 30th, but the mainstream press has so far ignored it.
Bringing confirmation of Janeane's Air America status was the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" weekend comedy show, which was taped Thursday evening in Chicago.
Featuring Garofalo as its weekly "not my job" guest, the program's host introduced her as a "former Air America host", which she didn't dispute. Thanks to Dr. Scott Drury for the tip!
During the show, she also maintained that she really did recently have jury duty (in a federal court), though we still wonder how someone as opinionated as Garofalo could end up on a panel without at least one side objecting to her presence.
As to why Janeane rejoined Air America Friday for one last show, we don't know, perhaps it was intended to trick Bill O'Reilly ahead of your Radio Equalizer's guest appearance there last Tuesday.
At the time, a company spokeswoman gave FOX News a seemingly confusing answer when asked about Garofalo's fate. Including an indication that she would "return" on Friday, AAR said her future role would be affected by other "professional pursuits".
If you think Air America wouldn't resort to such a sneaky tactic, you simply haven't been following their strange corporate antics, especially over the last year. Quite often, undermining O'Reilly seems more important to the company than keeping their own programs running smoothly.
Even now, Air America is busy confusing its listeners: on the official website, Garofalo is still listed as "Majority Report" co-host, while at the program's privately administered site, this conflicting set of notes appears:
Janeane Garofalo is back!
Henry Rollins, legendary punk rock singer, author, activist, and host of The Henry Rollins Show on IFC TV, currently on tour with The Rollins Band
Steve Clemons, blogger from The Washington Note
Juan Cole, University of Michigan professor and blogger at Informed Comment
More Guest Info For Tonight's Show
Just below that (this must be Sam Seder):
Now that Janeane has officially left the show I can finally hold the radio style contests I had always dreamt of but she never let me do!!!
Try and guess how many times we will play this on tuesday's show.
(Monday I'm off- we're doing a book reading at the strand on broadway and 12th.)
Winner gets a free MRR DVD, Hat, Mouse pad, copy of FUBAR and Josh's desk (for real).
Could these guys ever be upfront about anything?
Meanwhile, on NPR, Garofalo sounded more relaxed, comfortable and downright happy than we've heard her in years. At least for the moment, the intense anger and bitterness that has become a standard part of her public appearances seems to have disappeared.
Will shedding the albatross known as Air America bring about a return of the previous, far more appealing Garofalo than the one we've recently seen?
Welcome Viking Pundit and Orbusmax readers!
MONDAY UPDATE: We're told today that Janeane will return this week for a series of "farewell" shows.
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Where's Garofalo: Pete at IHillary, Getting Canned For Dummies, Trump: David A Lunde, top right Garofalo image: NPR