Chris Russo considered CNN's Joe Torre chat 'a disgrace'
Chris Russo was unimpressed with how CNN and Larry King handled Joe Torre's first TV interview about the book "The Yankee Years."
(Chris gets his crack at Torre at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday on Sirius XM.)
Click below for my transcript of his vintage rant Saturday morning.
Photo: Getty"I was not able to sleep last night, so I saw this at about 3:15. Let me tell you, Larry King's got to retire. Let's start with that. Larry King is lost, lost, lost. And CNN was so bad last night with its presentation with Torre, it was a disgrace.
"First off, they have two bars in operation here. They had a New York bar, and they had an L.A. bar. So they thought it would be a great idea, for some ungodly reason, to have fans in New York ask Joe questions and fans in L.A. ask Joe questions.
"Now, we all want to know about the book. I don't care about what some 18-year-old in L.A. wants Joe to do with Manny Ramirez. I'm not interested. Today's not the day for that. It's Jan. 30. I don't care if Manny Ramirez plays for the Royals, I'm not interested right now. In two weeks I'll get into it. Right now I can't get into it.
"So Larry, fumbling around, goes to New York and goes to Mickey Mantle's and some lady or kid or whatever might ask Joe about the book, might ask Joe, you know, what do you think about A-Rod, but also might say, 'Joe, we love you, hope you come back some day.'
"It was so absurd that CNN decided - and CNN with sports, you don't pay any attention to anyway, they know nothing about sports. If you watch sports in this world - with news, they do a nice job - but if you watch sports, you don't go to CNN. We all know that. I know that. You know that. You don't go to Atlanta.
"You know what you don't do? You don't go to Atlanta for sports, whether it's TBS, TNT, they stink for sports. Their announcers are awful. They're awful. Awful. They've been awful, they are awful, they will always be awful.
"How could you be the executive producer at CNN last night and say to yourself, OK, we've got Joe Torre in our studio, he's gotten a lot of publicity with this book, SI this week and everything else, big exclusive interview, you know, Joe is a big guy in sports. It's a Friday night, so people are thinking sports with the Super Bowl. And you know what we're going to do?
"We are going to put a camera in a bar in New York and a camera in a bar in L.A. and we're going to go back and forth to have the fans ask Joe a question. No fan of which has bought the book. You can't buy it until Tuesday, so nobody can get the book. The book is embargoed. You can't buy this book if you're Doubleday. My editor couldn't buy this book! Jason Kaufman hasn't got the book yet! And he's the editor of the Da Vinci Code. You can't get any bigger than that guy. He hasn't read it! So that was a dumb idea.
"Then they've got that dopey anchor, whatever his name is, I don't even know, I've seen him a couple of times, and he's sitting there on the blog in New York reading blogs, i-blogs. He's got Joe we love you, Joe how can you do this, Joe how about Manny Ramirez, Joe what'd you think about Game 4 of the 2001 World Series? I mean, it didn't make any sense.
"And then you've got Larry doesn't pace the show right. It's ridiculous. I don't care how many spots you have. Listen, I did a radio show with another person for 18 years, 19 years, with 19 to 20 minutes of commercials every day, not to mention news, sports, weather and traffic and Wall Street. There's a way to pace a program. Larry, learn, please.
"And then Larry, all over the map, asking more questions about Ramirez, we both are from Brooklyn, how about that? I mean, nobody cares. Then Joe chimes in by giving him a Dodger cup.
"And to top the disaster all off, what's King do at the end of the program? He's been married 30 times. What's he do at the end of the program? He brings his four young kids up, all wearing Ramirez jerseys in Dodger blue!
"You can't make it up at 3:30 in the morning!!!"
By the way, Sirius XM sent a list of Russo's 56 Super Bowl week guests as of Friday night:
1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Nils Lofgren- E Street Band
3. Patti Scialfa- E Street Band
4. Steven Van Zandt- E Street Band
5. Clarence Clemons- E Street Band
6. John Madden - NBC
7. Al Michaels - NBC
8. Bob Costas - NBC
9. Dick Ebersol - NBC
10. Bill Parcells
11. David Wells - former NY Yankees pitcher
12. Joe Theisman - former Redskins QB
13. Jim Kelly- former Bill QB
14. Jonathan Ogden- former Ravens OL
15. Justin Tuck- Giants DE
16. David Tyree- Giants WR
17. Anthony Munoz- former Bengals OL
18. Kevin James- actor
19. Derrick Brooks- Tampa Bay Bucs LB
20. Joe Flacco- Baltimore Ravens QB
21. BJ Upton- Tampa Bay Rays OF
22. Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions WR
23. Archie Manning- Former New Orleans Saints QB
24. Tim Brown- Former Raiders WR
25. Leigh Steinberg, NFL Agent
26. Dick Vermeil- Super Bowl Champion Head Coach
27. Warren Sapp- Former NFL DL
28. Joe Montana- HOF QB
29. Matt Ryan- ATL QB
30. Marvin Lewis- Bengals Head Coach
31. Phil Simms- NYG Super Bowl QB/CBS Analyst
32. Mike Ditka- Bears Coach
33. Franco Harris- HOF PIT RB
34. Doug Williams- Super Bowl MVP QB
35. Ryan Howard- Phillies 1B
36. Peter King- NFL Expert
37. Mike Westhoff- Jets Special Teams Coach
38. Mike Tirico- ESPN Radio Host & MNF PbP
39. Chad Pennington- MIA Dolphins QB
40. Brandon Jacobs- NYG RB
41. Lee Roy Selmon, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer
42. Stump Mitchell - Assistant Head Coach, Washington Redskins
43. Tim Ryan, former Bears DL, Sirius NFL Radio host
44. Pat Kirwan, former Jets exec, Sirius NFL Radio host
45. Randy Cross, former 49ers OL, Sirius NFL Radio host
46. Solomon Wilcots, former Bengals DB, Sirius NFL Radio host
47. Brady Quinn- Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
48. Gary Myers, Columnist NY Daily News
49. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers RB
50. Ira Kaufman- Tampa Tribune
51. Rich Eisen- NFL Network
52. Jack Youngblood- Hall of Fame Defensive End
53. Mickey Loomis- Exec. VP & GM for New Orleans Saints
54. Patrick McEnroe- Tennis Analyst
55. Adam Schefter- NFL Network
56. Sean Landeta- former NFL punter