Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Steve Doocy

February 20, 2012 12:50 pm
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Viewers of Fox News know Steve Doocy as one of the more affable hosts on "Fox & Friends," the cable news morning show. An Emmy award winner, he's been spoofed on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for his role on "Fox & Friends," but he gets the last laugh. The show is celebrating 10 years as the No. 1 morning show on cable television. That's another feather he can add to his cap along with being a New York Times best-selling author for "The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook."

You've won Emmys and other awards during your broadcast career, so how does this 10-year anniversary of "Fox & Friends" being No. 1 rank?

You know what, that is an excellent question. Nobody has ever put it that way. I would have to say to hit 10 years at No. 1 is substantial. Some of the Emmys that I won -- I would have an idea for a story, and I would go out and shoot the story and edit the story and air the story all in one day [laughing]. It would be like OK, so that's all it took to get an Emmy -- one day. Whereas this, you are really up against it every day. You are only as good as your last Nielsen number.

Do you think because it is so ephemeral, coupled with the fact that viewers have so many more options, that it is much harder to retain audience?


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There is so much more going on than the person who is watching realizes. We're sitting there on the couch drinking as much coffee as we can possibly consume for three hours with computers in front of us to tell us what's going on. We've got those gizmos in our ears, the IFBs, where the producers are telling us what has gone haywire and how we have to adjust. Then in the corner of your eye, you've got this TV that shows what everybody else is doing.

You hate to get scooped. Generally that doesn't happen, but it's one of those things where you are going, "Wait a minute. Why is [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie over there? He is supposed to be with us tomorrow." Doing a news show three hours in length every day is like the spinning plates guy on the old "Ed Sullivan Show."

Patricia Sheridan: psheridan@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2613 or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pasheridan.
First Published 2012-02-19 23:13:42

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