Poor Emily Gould. While Gawker founder Nick Denton stayed wisely out of range, his “dewy” editrix was left to brave the bullets on Larry King Live Friday in a scene reminiscent of The Office. (Our own reporter, John Cook, was on the same show.) Jimmy Kimmel, who was hosting that night, is clearly no Gawker fan, having once been accused of being drunk by the site.
Things got ugly quickly when Gould found herself in the unenviable position of defending Gawker’s cheesiest feature, the Gawker Stalker map. Overcome with a flurry of facial ticks (eye rolling, uncontrollable blinking, lip biting, nervous laughter), she tried to explain away the site’s slipshod reporting as “citizen journalism,” while claiming in the next breath that, “People don’t read it with the expectation that every word of it will be gospel.”
Backed up by sharky Michael Jackson attorney Mark Geragos and rehabbed homophobe Isaiah Washington‘s publicist Howard Bragman, Kimmel laid it on thick, and even closed the Gould segment with some snark of his own: “I just want you to think about your life,” he said, “because I would hate to see you arriving in hell and someone sending a text message saying ‘Guess who’s here!’”
At last check, the clip was ranked seventh among thousands in YouTube’s entertainment category.