Talk about your awkward moments: 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky was forced to call Dan Rather to tell him he wasn’t invited to last week’s twentieth-anniversary party for 48 Hours:
The original anchor of 48 Hours who, along with [Sir Howard] Stringer, got the show off the ground in 1986 with a highly rated pilot, “48 Hours on Crack Street,” and pushed the network suits to put it on the weekly schedule wasn’t invited. In an awkward phone call before the celebration, Zirinsky explained to Rather that he couldnâ€™t come under the circumstances.
Those circumstances, of course, involve Rather’s $70 million lawsuit against CBS. In a statement, Rather simply told New York‘s Lloyd Grove that “I’m very proud of the people who work at 48 Hours.”