The British press have their long knives out humiliating Fox’s Mike Darnell over the near-decision to replace their sweetheart Cheryl Cole as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor. Of course, it took Fox Broadcasting boss Peter Rice and Mike Darnell and the talent contest’s executive producer Simon Cowell to really screw up before it even goes on the air this fall. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good insult:
– Daily Mail: “Axed by fiendish Rumpelstiltskin: The 5ft 2in snakeskin boot-wearing TV boss who shattered Cheryl Cole’s U.S. dream.”
– The Guardian: “Mike Darnell, former child star, now the cowboy-hatted, ringletted munchkin in charge of Fox’s apocalypse-beckoning reality schedule.”
These are all descriptions I need to add to my repertoire. My just calling out someone as a ”putz” clearly doesn’t cut it anymore…
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