Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver has focused on Philly-area TV news in the past with a hilarious donation to Scranton’s WNEP-TV last year. But after Sunday’s episode, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick is the host’s latest Pennsylvania punchline, and this one is a little more pointed.
In a segment on the show this week, Oliver focused on the media coverage of International Women’s Day last week, showing several example of inappropriate comments made in air during the holiday. Fox 5, for example, bungled coverage of a new line of Mattel dolls that includes Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo. CBS This Morning had John Dickerson tell cohost Norah O’Donnel that he wanted to “be in [her] lap.”
As Oliver pointed out, however, Good Day Philadelphia‘s Jerrick had them both beat, having spent “the entire day acting inappropriately,” as the HBO host said.
“Now, we don’t have time to show you everything he did,” Oliver added. “This is just a sample of what he got up to on Thursday.”
From there, Last Week Tonight launched into about a minute worth of short clips of Jerrick making inappropriate jokes and comments made just during Fox 29’s morning broadcast during International Women’s Day.
“What’s the deal? Why do you need your own day?” Jerrick asks co-anchors Alex Holley and Karen Hepp in one clip. In others used on Last Week Tonight, he also asks Holley and Hepp when the last time each of them had sex was, and whether Hepp has ever cheated on her Husband, to which she replies “no.”
Jerrick’s interactions with Holley, however, are the focus of the segment.
One clip on Last Week Tonight shows Jerrick asking Holley when he could do to the Good Day Philadelphia logo to “celebrate women” as the shot zooms in on the “OO” in good, implying a breast joke. Another has Jerrick grabbing Holley’s wrist and telling her “it’s great, you’ll love it” as she pulls away. In another, he asks Holley, “How do you keep your girlish figure?” as she eats breakfast on camera.
To end the run of clips, Last Week Tonight played a clip of Jerrick showing off a miniature 3-D model of Holley. In it, he shows off the model’s behind, but claims to be showing its “mic pack,” which makes it “authentic.” When asked what he does with the model, Jerrick says he sleeps with it by his bed.
“I just put it by my bedside so I can wake up in the morning, open my eyes, and see you,” he says in the clip.
“That is gross,” Oliver says. “And I would say that we should all now take a shower after that, but I feel like Mike Jerrick would hear that and say, ‘Nice.’ ”
Oliver then went on to discuss how politicians handled International Women’s Day around the world, including a response from Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the host compared to Jerrick.
“In the extremely unlikely event that Putin loses his upcoming election, there might be a morning news job in Philly he would be perfect for,” Oliver said.
Jerrick is a longtime Good Day Philadelphia anchor, having joined the show first back in 1999. He departed in 2009 to join Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends and DaySide, and later The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. He rejoined Good Day Philadelphia in 2009, according to the Fox 29 website.
Early last year, Jerrick was suspended from the station after he dropped an expletive on-air while discussing White House adviser and South Jersey native Kellyanne Conway. When he returned from his suspension in late January, he apologized to viewers, and asked weather anchor Sue Serio to “flash us right now” to get him off the hook.
Jerrick took time off from the show in late February last year, and announced last March that he had been fighting depression at a wellness retreat “in the Carolinas.” He returned to the show in April last year, saying that over the last few years “medication and alcohol” had not helped him manage his depression, which began following the death of his mother in 2004.
“I feel like this is a dysfunctional family, and I’m the weird uncle,” Jerrick said when he returned to Good Day Philadelphia. “But now I won’t be the drunk uncle.”
Representatives at Fox did not respond to a request for comment Monday morning.