Deborah Norville: ‘Why is the press so quick to blame the chick?’

By Chris Ariens 

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“Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville pens an article today for The Hollywood Reporter called “Why Women Lose the Morning TV Wars.” Norville takes shots at “the suits” while “speaking up for my television sisters.” And she speaks from first-hand experience having been pushed out as co-anchor of the “Today” show more than 20 years ago.

The Couric/Palin matchup was blasted in one New York paper as though it were the Thrilla in Manila. [Ann] Curry is being portrayed as down on the mat as the referee begins his 10 count. GMA co-host Robin Roberts’ vacation was, I suspect, anything but restful, given the way she appeared to have been dissed by the hoopla over her off-week substitute. I’ve seen this play before, and I know how it ends.

Norville adds, “I love a good fight, and the horse race between Today and Good Morning America is fun to watch. But fight fair, network dudes, and don’t let the media damage the chicks in the process.”

An industry insider pokes holes at Norville’s assessment calling it “the height of hipocracy.” TVNewser hears Norville has met with various networks recently — presumably with some of “the suits” she writes about here — for a possible role for herself. This should also be an interesting topic of discussion among “the suits” and “the chicks” at THR’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York tonight.

(Image via THR)