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Shep Smith Doesn't Have Anybody Hanging in His Living Room

Shep Smith
Name: Shepard Smith
Job: Host of The Fox Report and Studio B on Fox News. Smith will also anchor a jumbo, two-hour Superbowl/Super Tuesday special, "Fox Super Sunday," on February 3 starting at 10 a.m. on Fox.
Age: 44
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village. Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Derek Jeter What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? "Mama's" pasta at Gradisca. She comes over from Italy every few months and makes it at a table by the front door.

Stan O'Neal Disinvited to the Literal and Figurative Party

FINANCE • Stan O'Neal wasn't invited to a big Merrill Lynch reunion party thrown by Evelyn Juan, the son of a Merrill founder. Guess Stan will just have to drink himself to sleep in his board-provided office. [DealBreaker] • Goldman's unbelievable success is forcing all the other top banks to dig deep into the honey pot and pay out a record-setting $38 billion in bonuses, despite losing $74 billion in market value. Goldman, of course, accounts for almost half of the bonus pool. Let's just say it's good to be Goldman. [Deal Journal/WSJ, Bloomberg] • Steve Schwarzman spared no expense for his son's wedding and the tab ran to $150,000, including a $20,000 BBQ supper, $7,000 for drinks, and $50,000 to rent an entire hotel and keep the riffraff out. Still pales in comparison to Schwarzman's $3 million birthday bash. [NYP]

Someone's Finally Sticking Up for Katie

Katie Couric
An unlikely champion for the struggling Katie Couric emerged today. Her knight in shining Brooks Brothers is rival Shep Smith, who anchors Fox News' evening newscast. From an interview today on TV Guide's Biz Blog:
TVGuide.com: CBS Evening News tried to do something different last year after they hired Katie Couric, and it was rejected.
They didn't try it for long. And was everybody at CBS News on board? Probably not. Did they give it a chance? Did they take the woman who was successful beyond everyone else's dreams in the morning and try to change her into something else after a week? Was there a PR disaster that happened? Did they mismanage it beyond the exclusion of every reasonable thought? I think these are all fair questions. I'm glad we don't operate the way they do.
A feminist at Fox News. Who knew? Shepard Smith Promises a "New and Better" Fox Report [Biz Blog/TV Guide] Related: Alas Poor Couric [NYM]