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Olivia Munn Chides Piers Morgan to His Face, Gains Respect of Last Remaining Munn Bashers

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 4, 2013 | Comments ()


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No, I wasn't a fan of Olivia Munn in the beginning, and like a lot of people, I was peeved that she'd been hired onto Jon Stewart's The Daily Show for what many of us felt like were her looks alone. I think there may have also been some debate on her nerd credentials, too, but for whatever reason, Olivia Munn hasn't always been the most popular actress on the planet. But then she did Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom, and even though who don't like the show have to agree that she's brilliant on it. Her role in Magic Mike certainly didn't hurt her reputation, and a short arc on "New Girl" solidified the turn: We are on her side.

Attacking Piers Morgan for his dubious journalistic principles elevates her into near J-Law status. At Paleyfest over the weekend, Piers Morgan discussed Newsroom with Aaron Sorkin and much of the cast of the show, but it was Munn, not Sorkin, who delivered the best lines. Addressing the absurdity of newscasters becoming part of the news, Munn exprobated the CNN anchor:

"I prefer to see Piers Morgan and Diane Sawyer on the news and not on a red carpet," said Munn, a former sports reporter and G4 host. "You turn on CNN, and people are putting themselves in the story. ... Journalism is about other people's stories."

Munn referenced the recent Twitter feud that ensued when CNN anchor Don Lemon tweeted about a perceived snub from actor Jonah Hill in a hotel lobby.

"It's so obnoxious," she said. "Because he was Jonah Hill, that gives you something fun to tweet about, then I actually saw it on CNN. I cannot believe with the things going on in the world that we're spending so much time talking about this. Have your opinions on new stories or situations, but to make yourself newsworthy is so egotistical and self-absorbed."

Boom. Munn burn. Morgan didn't help himself soon thereafter pretty much saying that he'd rather cover anything with a hint of sensationalism over, you know, the most important news even of the last week.

"Honestly, no. I think the sequester is one of the most dreadfully boring stories ever told on television," responded Morgan, who added that they had decided to not even use the word "sequester" on air by the end of the week. "There are many stories that are just incredibly dry."

Sorkin's response: "I don't feel like I can tell anybody who does this for a living how to do it. I'm just thinking it would be so valuable if it could be done."

Word.

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(via THR)


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  • Nathan Convey

    I have no feelings either way about Munn. I only know her from New Girl and she was just kinda 'there' so I had no idea there was any vitriol aimed at her.
    Taking shots at Piers Morgan though? Every one does that, and rightfully so. It's like someone taking a brave stand against murder.

  • jessd6

    I was there, and it was one of the highlights of the whole panel. I also loved Sorkin's assessment that the sequester *can* be made into a "sexy" news story, despite Piers Morgan's insistence that it was boring. Piers never said it himself, but I got the feeling he was suggesting that the American audience isn't smart enough to handle a news story about our own government's inability to accomplish anything. I half-expected him to stomp his foot like a child during that argument. Olivia Munn was a little long-winded (and I know I'm not really one to talk), but I dug her overall sentiment that strong, smart, sexy female characters should be admired for their merit, not their looks.

  • Vince

    Are we ever going to discuss the fact that the actresses we're always supposed to hate for no discernible reason are almost always young and pretty?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Only since the beginning of time and for all eternity.

  • billy bob

    no

  • Slash

    I never hated her. Not her biggest fan, but I don't dislike her. Also, I've never seen this "Newsroom" show.

    Also, if it makes a difference, I have a degree in journalism. And most people doing it today are doing it wrong. I don't consider Morgan a journalist. He's a talk show host. Why don't people know that?

  • Three_nineteen

    Munn is the one who said women who dared to criticize her could taking the fucking sandwich out of their mouths and walk it off, right? So yeah, she can still go fuck herself.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oooh, I read the Champion post and learned a new word. Ochlocrat.

    But that's about all there is to be gained from it ("pellucid" just seems redundant to "lucid")

  • Amy

    No, I'm still fine with hating on her for taking the only respectable character on the Newsroom and playing her as flat as cardboard.

  • Blake

    I'm not a "Munn Basher" but for an actress who was done as little she has she certainly receives a lot of attention.

  • I didn't see the clip so I can't judge, but does she have good reason to look so pissed, like she's close to violence? I can understand if she does, but she's always struck me as someone with a chip on her shoulder looking for a reason. and her eyes are mean :(

  • Monica

    Are you talking about the scene from the Newsroom? Yes, yes she has a very good reason to look pissed in that scene.

  • Hmm, I guess I was confused. I got the impression from the article that she was saying that in response to Piers Morgan.

    Downvote all you like. Doesn't change my opinion that she has mean eyes.

  • Yes, she has good reason. She has two PhDs in economics and teaches at Columbia. While hired to report on vital economic events, her important stories are frequently sidelined for sensationalist crap. More than a few people who know her qualifications still think she got the job because she's pretty and/or slept her way into it. So, being called 'girl' on top of all that by a puffed-up, self-important douche canoe is a fine, fine reason to want to do violence.

    I can't believe I know all of that when I find The Newsroom sort of annoying. But she is one of the least annoying things about it.

  • I think you guys stateside taking Morgan off our hands just about makes up for John Lennon

  • Milly

    Not even close as they gave us Paltrow and Madona.

    The bastards.

  • We did send over the effluence tsunami that is the Daily Mail Online... Though I guess we still have to suffer that too...

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Seriously though, were people ever really all that not on her side? She hasn't, till very recently, really been enough of a thing to incur much baseless wrath.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Olivia Munn wasn't great on The Daily Show, but she wasn't just a pretty face - they could definitely go hotter & far less competent. It's such a tiresome dismissal.

    I do find the whole "we're on her side" thing kinda humorous - what does she have to do before "we're" not on her side again?

  • Qualtinger

    It´s friggin´ E! News lingo. Shameful.

  • kirbyjay

    Oh no, another actress I'm supposed to hate but don't....

  • Opti

    Guys, relax. Piers Morgan is just doing this to get into the secret troll website so he can do a big story!

  • Jezzer

    "I don’t feel like I can tell anybody who does this for a living how to do it. I’m just thinking it would be so valuable if it could be done."

    Sorkin went on to add, "Because I'm Aaron Sorkin, and my puffed-up sense of self-importance informs everything I do."

  • John G.

    And my ridiculous "news" show gets praised, because people don't understand anything about the world outside of of celebrities and diet fads, and my actors talk fast. I'm a genius!

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Whatever do you mean? He's our disappointed-in-us Stalwart Knight in Peripatetic Amour and we need his chiding because somewhere along the way we walked off the path. Snorts, ahoy!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    No, he said, "Because I'm Aaron Sorkin, and I'm really quite something."

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I just feel like people are missing the Sorkinism thing I did.

  • Jezzer

    "...and that something is a self-important douchenozzle."

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