Our “GMA” overnight team spent the night tracking what looked like the imminent release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. As we counted down to air, the two Americans jailed as spies in Iran for the past two years were finally set to go free. In George’s exclusive sitdown with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday, the president told him “God willing they will be released very soon.” As of right now, they are. We updated “GMA” for the west coast topped with news of their release from Tehran’s Evin prison.
What had everyone shaking their hips a bit when we started reviewing the show at 4 a.m. was a recovered gem from the world of music. Elvis Presley, 55 years ago, in an interview recorded just as he was becoming a superstar. It was a good excuse to wake up the back office by running through a few of the King’s greatest hits over our speakers from “A Little Less Conversation” to “Jailhouse Rock.” In an interview recorded on the movie set of “Love Me Tender” just as Presley was becoming a superstar, he defended those dance moves that defined his career.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any photographic evidence of the producers in the back office who swear they can do a pretty good imitation of the King (note: they can’t).
And did George Clooney get married? Well, that subject line got almost every woman on our staff to open her email. Turns out he did – just for a commercial. We would up putting it in our pop heat news index – next to the jedi kittens, definitely the hottest thing in there.