Tuesday, February 23, 2010

No, Don't Fire Mr. Tony

Hannah Storm is on the far left...

This would be a calamity:

One of Hannah Storm's outfitsThe network has suspended the co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" for making fun of Storm's on-air outfit during his radio show, saying it resembled a "sausage casing," according to the Sporting News Web site.

Kornheiser apologized to Storm, a former anchor at CBS' Early Show, the day after making the comments.

An ESPN spokesman tells the Sporting News he will be suspended "for some time."

Kornheiser said Storm was wearing "a horrifying, horrifying outfit."

"She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body," he added. "I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't ... but Hannah Storm ... come on now! Stop! What are you doing? ... She's what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point."

The next day, Kornheiser offered an on-air mea culpa.

"I apologize, unequivocally ... I'm a sarcastic, subversive guy ... I'm a troll, look at me. I have no right to insult what anybody looks like or what anybody wears. That, I think, should go without saying," he said.

Mr. Tony has been watching too much American Idol. He's channeling Simon at this point; he's too good to fire.

He's not too good to suspend, however, and I hope he gets some time off. Some broadcasters deserve a break--and I would disagree with Mr. Dan Levy here--Mr. Tony deserves a second chance. I agree with Mr. Tony when he says that, in effect, if you put a live microphone in front of people enough times, they certainly will say something stupid. I'm a blogger. I say something stupid every fourth or fifth post. I wouldn't survive on network television, even though I am rather handsome and charismatic.

Hannah Storm is ravishingly beautiful; she won't have to worry about taking a shot from Mr. Tony. She is beyond his reach, in terms of fashion critiques. She should have made fun of his Sears catalog wardrobe and the whole thing could have been left at that.

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