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Having been given plenty of notice that some mayor or another would be butchering some pop tune on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live once the winner of the Stanley Cup was announced, NBC’s Tonight Show was able last night to trot out another of its popular Brian Williams clip-job raps — this time performing Sir Mix-A-Lot’s heinie-homage, Baby Got Back. Viewers seem to have preferred Williams’ performance to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s rendition of Randy’s Newman’s treacle tune, I Love LA, settling his Stanley Cup bet with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.7/7); CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman (2.0/5), and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Fallon (1.1/5), JKL (0.5/2) and Letterman (0.3/1).
Watch Williams here — with an assist from Kathie Lee Gifford – followed by de Blasio:
UPDATE: “We didn’t win lawn bowling, we won at hockey,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel tonight after Kimmel congratulated Garcetti for swearing on national TV earlier in the day, during a Staples Center celebration of the Kings’ Stanley Cup victory. “Kids out there, do not say what your mayor said today,” Garcetti added, diplomatically. Garcetti came to Kimmel’s studio to witness New York Mayor Bill de Blasio make good on a bet the two politicians had made, in which de Blasio agreed to sing the tune I Love L.A. if the Kings won the Stanley Cup. Which they did. So he did.
“I always wanted to meet you, but not like this man!” de Blasio, via satellite, groused, before breaking into song, wearing an I Heart L.A. T-shirt and backed-up/drowned out by the cute kids of New York City’s 52nd Street Project chorus because, he’d warned in advance, “I don’t have that great a singing voice.”
When it was over, Kimmel complained de Blasio looked like a “counselor at the worst camp ever.”
“This is a hostage situation,” de Blasio shot back. Watch:
PREVIOUS: Hours before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to make good on his bet with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti over the 2014 Stanley Cup Final tonight on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Garcetti addressed a crowd at Staples Center in celebration of the L.A. Kings’ victory. “There are two rules in politics,” Garcetti said. “They say, never ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear.” Holding up an adult beverage, he added, “But this is a big f—ing day.” The arena crowd roared in delight. The press broke out in an orgy of “F-bomb” headlines, and many pretended it was the spontaneous eruption of a guy who simply could not contain himself. Fox Sports West apologized on air for having telecast the mayor’s naughty language — as it did two years ago when a north-of-tipsy Jonathan Quick used the same expletives multiple times during the Kings victory celebration at Staples — and a good time was had by all.
Before the Stanley Cup Final began, de Blasio announced he’d made a bet with Garcetti: If the New York Rangers won, Garcetti would perform a rendition of “New York, New York” the Fred Ebb-John Kander tune most closely associated with Frank Sinatra, on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show. If the Los Angeles Kings won, de Blasio would perform Randy Newman’s “I Love LA.” He will be joined tonight by New York City’s 52nd Street Project chorus – a group of students ages of 9 to 18 — while Garcetti will be with Kimmel at his Hollywood studio. Watch Garcetti’s Staples Center speech here:
UPDATE 8 AM Saturday: Well, like the old saying goes, it ain’t over until the tall mayor sings. Or something like that. The Los Angeles Kings closed out the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final last night with a(nother) thrilling and exhausting double-overtime win, becoming champs of the hockey world for the second time in three years. That means, under the terms of the bet between the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, after Kings defenseman Alec Martinez gathered in a rebounding shot and put it back between the pipes to win the series, that Bill de Blasio will be warming up his very different pipes to sing I Love L.A. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with L.A.’s Eric Garcetti looking on. According to a release from Garcetti’s office, the two mayors will appear “on an upcoming episode.”
In the meantime, a victory parade and rally for the Kings has been scheduled for noon Monday in downtown Los Angeles. It will begin at 5th Street and Figueroa Boulevard and come south on Figueroa to the Staples Center for a tickets-only rally. If you’re heading downtown Monday, Figueroa will be closed between about 10 AM and 1 PM, so plan accordingly.
June 5: The traditional joke bets between city officials whose sports teams are meeting in a championship hit a high note this week when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti challenged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to a song and a hot dog on Jimmy Kimmel Live! over the outcome of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. If the Los Angeles Kings win, de Blasio will have to go on the show, which tapes in Garcetti’s old Hollywood council district, and sing “I Love L.A.,” the slightly mocking Randy Newman chestnut more typically associated with the Kings’ Staples Center neighbors the NBA Lakers. If the New York Rangers win, Garcetti will have to sing “New York, New York,” the Kander & Ebb-penned classic that Frank Sinatra basically owns.
The loser also will have to provide Kimmel’s audience that night with hot dogs. If Garcetti has to pay up, the dogs will come from Pink’s, the eternally busy La Brea Avenue stand. If it’s de Blasio, they’ll come from Gray’s Papaya, a New York institution that now has a Hollywood outpost.
After a lengthy search, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped PBS POV exec Cynthia Lopez as the new commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. We’ve learned Lopez’s appointment will be officially announced tomorrow at a noon press conference in NYC. Her exact start date has not yet been set. Lopez will replace Katherine Oliver, who exited in December at the end of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s third and final term. With Lopez’s lack of experience in the city bureaucracy, sources tell Deadline that a key selection will be who the deputy commissioner could be in this new regime. The commission has been bullish about revitalizing the city’s film and TV production through generous tax credits and a streamlined permit process. Most recently Mayor de Blasio called Leslie Moonves, personally asking him to keep the Late Show in the Big Apple after David Letterman retires next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Les Moonves have to install a party line? One day after getting a call from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the CBS boss to keep Late Show in the City That Never Sleeps after David Letterman steps down next year, I’ve learned that Moonves got a call today from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Film Czar Ken Ziffren imploring him to bring the late-night franchise to the West Coast. The three spoke this afternoon, I’m told.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Garcetti has tried to persuade Moonves to put the City of Angels in his late-night future. On the day Letterman announced that he would be retiring in 2015, the SAG-AFTRA card-carrying mayor wrote to the CBS chief on the matter of Letterman’s successor and where that show would be located. “I am excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS’ next late-night show to our city — the entertainment capital of the world,” Garcetti wrote to Moonves on April 3.
UPDATE, 11:25 AM: Forget the letter-writing campaign of Los Angeles’ mayor. The mayor of New York picked up the phone and directly asked CBS boss Les Moonves to keep the Late Show in the Big Apple after David Letterman retires next year. “I had a very good conversation yesterday with the man who will actually make that decision, Les Moonves, and I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for the Late Show and that we think it’ll be a great home for the Late Show going forward,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio today during a press conference. “Obviously, David Letterman made rich use of his surrounding environment of New York City, and I hope that his successor will do the same.”
The same day Letterman announced he would be leaving Late Show sometime in 2015, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote to the CBS boss urging him to move Letterman’s successor out to the West Coast. Burbank lost The Tonight Show back to NYC after 40 years when Jimmy Fallon took over hosting earlier this year, and L.A. is currently home to late-night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan O’Brien’s talk show on TBS, Arsenio Hall, and Letterman’s lead-out Craig Ferguson. On Friday, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also wrote to Moonves about making sure Late Show post-Letterman stayed in New York. With de Blasio now weighing in, is it only a matter of time until this becomes a Governor-to-Governor thing? NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already made his stand doing the Top 10 list on April 4.
Al Roker Makes Up With NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio As ‘Today’ Looks To Keep Ratings Up Post-Sochi: Video
Today show weatherman Al Roker kissed and made up with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the program this morning when the mayor came to cut the ribbon on the show’s revamped Rockefeller Center outside space. It’s part of Today’s campaign to hang on to the ratings bump it enjoyed in Sochi, which put the show back on top of the morning show pile.
“We’ve got Mayor Bill de Blasio,” Roker announced, though he needn’t have bothered – the mayor was hard to miss, towering over the Today show team, and Roker barely came up to his shoulders. ‘We’ll get this out of the way,” Roker opened. “We had a little chat about school closings and snow; we both want the best for school kids and our city.”
Al Roker Lands ‘Today’ In Thick Of Snowstorm Story From Sochi When He Apologizes For Forecasting One Term For NYC Mayor: Video
Today show weatherman Al Roker apologized this morning on air from Sochi for suggesting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would be one term and out over his “goofball” decision to keep schools open in the thick of the latest winter storm.
One of the popular theories as to why NBC’s Today show is not grabbing the usual winning crowds it enjoys whenever it goes to an Olympics (its ratings have popped, but ABC’s Good Morning America was able to snag a bigger crowd this past Tuesday, for instance, though Today jumped back on top Wednesday) is that Today is getting pummeled by the weather. Not the surprisingly warm temperatures in Sochi, which is affecting conditions for several Olympics competitions, but the mondo snowstorm that was forecast for, and then hit, the U.S. East Coast. Particularly East Coast morning viewers looking for information about the storm barreling down on them might have been too distracted to watch Team Today each morning, interviewing U.S. medal winners, discussing Russian culture, and wearing eucalyptus-branch hats while soaking at a Russian bath house. That, even though Today at least one morning led its broadcast with a big storm report, and has included segments on the storm throughout its Sochi broadcasts.
Today weatherman Roker may have solved that problem when he gave himself a speaking part in the storm spectacle, launching a Twitter tirade against New York mayor Bill de Blasio over the latter’s decision to keep NY schools open Thursday despite severe weather warnings. This morning, Roker got a big fat plug across the media landscape when he apologized on Today for one of those tweets, in which he gave his “long-range forecast” that de Blasio would be a one-term mayor.