‘LAUGH’ LINE: ‘I do have some experience with emails…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) CBS’s hit 1990s show “Murphy Brown” is back on the air after a 20-year absence.
Thursday night marked its season opener, and a special guest made a cameo appearance — Hillary Clinton.
The two-time Democratic presidential candidate appeared as Hillary Clendon, an out of work, over-the-hill professional applying for a secretary job.
“You have all the requisite skills. Computer, email…” said Candice Bergen, the actress who plays the television retread’s title character of Murphy Brown.
“Emails,” Clendon says. “I do have some experience with emails.”
The tongue in cheek response was an obvious reference to Clinton’s home-brew computer server that stored tens of thousands of government emails, many of them classified, and potentially cost the failed candidate her 2016 bid for the White House.
In the show, Murphy Brown is a famous investigative reporter and news anchor for FYI, a fictitious television magazine, similar to CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
Clinton’s appearance was met with audience applause as she entered wearing a bright red power pantsuit.
“I assume you have previous secretarial experience?” Brown asks.
“Absolutely. For four years…I was secretary of a very large organization,” Clendon said, clearly referring to her tenure as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.
The sitcom first aired on CBS in November 1988, just days from George H.W. Bush’s presidential election. The show continued for ten years, nearly encompassing the two-term Clinton administration — with Hillary Clinton as First Lady.
One line harkened back to those days.
“How are you with teamwork? In a newsroom everyone works together,” Brown asks.
“I get that completely. It takes a village,” Clendon says.
It Takes a Village is the name of Hillary Clinton’s controversial 1996 book that presents her vision of how families and the government should collectively raise children.
Hillary excited the brief exchange by handing Brown her business card, from which Brown reads the email address out loud, “[email protected]”
The premier was met with a unenthusiastic review from industry web site Deadline Hollywood, which called the revival “yesterday’s news.”