Euna Lee and Laura Ling
American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were finally reunited with their families five months after they were imprisoned in North Korea.
"When we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us President Bill Clinton," Ling said after she and Lee disembarked their jetliner to greet their loved ones Wednesday morning. "We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. And now we stand here, home and free."
While a teary-eyed crowd applauded, Ling expressed their "deepest gratitude" to the former president for negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who granted a special pardon on Tuesday.
Watch her speech in the video after the jump.
The two American TV journalists sentenced to prison in North Korea were given a "special pardon" by the country's leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday, following a visit by former President Bill Clinton, according to reports.
CNN said the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee is a sign of North Korea's ...
Bill Clinton by Eugene Gologursky/WireImage.com and Alec Baldwin by Jason Kempin/WireImage.com
For two days next week, the ladies of The View are dedicating their entire hour to only one guest. On Monday, Sept. 22, former president Bill Clinton will make his first appearance on the talk show as a part of the show's continuing "Red, White & View" campaign. Clinton will be interviewed by all five of the show's cohosts about the Clinton Global Initiative, which he launched in 2005 to bring global leaders together against the worlds most pressing challenges. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin will be the sole guest. The appearance will be his only live talk show appearance while promoting his new book, A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, which addresses his divorce, his much-publicized angry voice mail to his daughter and his recently reported thoughts of suicide. Baldwin previously appeared on the show in April 2007.The View airs daily at 11 am/ET on ABC. Will you be tuning in for these special, one-guest editions? Adam...
It's been a good four years or so since JibJab made the now classic Bush-Kerry political parody video, "This Land," and now with the election only months away, the time has come for their latest political spoof, "It's Time for Some Campaigning." As a parody of Bob Dylans '60s political anthem, "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the video features Obama, McCain, both Clintons and even a cameo from a banjo-playing Dubya. Barack riding a unicorn through the enchanted forest is genius, but the Clinton cigar scene was priceless as well.
Vanity Fair is under fire yet again. In the upcoming July issue (with Angelina on the cover), an explosive article is featured that insinuates the former POTUS saw "a lot of women" on the road post-White House, including actress Gina Gershon. The 45-year old actress' rep went to town on the author stating that the article was "irresponsible journalism" and is demanding a retraction. Clinton is pretty p.o.'ed as well calling the author "sleazy," "slimy" and "a scumbag."
Gina Gershon by Jemal Countess/WireImage.com
Rescue Me alum Gina Gershon and her lawyers have gotten wind of a new Vanity Fair article on Bill Clinton, and they are not pleased. In the piece, VF writer Todd S. Purdum suggests that Gershon had sexual relations with the former prez, a tacit claim that she's vehemently denying. Gershon's legal team has thrown down a demand letter insisting on an immediate retraction and a "sincere apology." The document says, in part, that the piece "outrageously insinuates that Ms. Gershon has had an inappropriate sexual relationship with President Clinton. This is absolutely false." The letter, linked to by the trusty folks at TMZ, goes on to say that Gershon is "extremely offended by the false and defamatory inference" in the article.Gershon has, in fact, met with the president on several occasions but does that really warrant low-ball insinuation? Assuming the story isn't true, why would VF play with libelous fire? Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to see some of Gershon's ...
There must be something in the water because everyone is f--king everyone these daysincluding the political candidates! According to this music video, Billy boy and the wife have been going at it like rabbits on the bus, on the plane, on the entire step of the campaign. If you can get beyond the mental image of these two having sex, it actually is a pretty funny video (minus the nasty tongue thing Hillary doesdidnt need to see that).
Conan O'Brien by Dana Edelson/NBC Photo
Did absence make our hearts grow fonder of late-night TV's hosts, missing in action for the last two months? I suppose it's possible, though I doubt anyone's preferences were changed by what they saw Wednesday night, when all of the network hosts finally returned to work, all but David Letterman and Craig Ferguson without writers. (If anything grew, it was facial hair, at least on Dave and Conan.)If you're the sort who for whatever reason prefers affable Jay Leno over cranky Dave, or chooses to stay up late for the delectable derangement that is Conan OBrien, nothing about Wednesdays opening night would likely have shaken you from your long-ingrained after-hours habits. The strike beards sported by Dave and Conan in solidarity with the still-striking writers (and to prove that I still have some testosterone, joked Conan) were the most noticeable changes on the late-night landscape.Heres my report card on late-nights opening night, keeping in mind ...
Chris Matthews by Lisa Berg/NBC
Chris Matthews recently celebrated his 10th year as the host of MSNBC's Hardball, and he spent a few decades in politics before that tenure. He's distilled his observations into a new Random House book, Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation and Success. Ah, but can politics teach you how to handle Daily Show host Jon Stewart when he calls your book "sad," as he did when Matthews recently appeared to get a plug? Matthews tells The Biz how he survived what he called "the worst interview I've ever had in my life."TVGuide.com: What made you think your experience in politics would make a good advice book?Chris Matthews: It's what I know. You write what you know. I've spent 36 years watching politicians, and I've learned the traits that work with people. The absence of those traits usually suggests the failure of a career. I'm talking about people who get elected time and time again and succeed in American politics: Generally they have a set ...
On Tuesday, Sept. 4 just four days after he welcomes presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to the show, for a seventh time David Letterman's Late Show will have the senator's mister, Bill, as a guest. The former president is making rounds promoting Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, his new book on citizen activism and public service. (Clinton's tome is not to be confused with Monica Lewinsky's memoir "Giving," which is about something ohhhhh-so-different.)Clinton will also appear on Oprah that same Tuesday.