Early in the show, Howard addressed a NYPost article that claimed he alone could elevate CNN's lagging ratings. Howard said he was no George Clooney: "He wins Academy Awards. Golden Globes. He's doing it all. And I'm just happy I got an article in the paper that says I'd be good on CNN even though I'm ugly. So thank you for the 'Even Though You're Ugly, You're A Pretty Talented Guy' award. And every article that's ever written about me, even nice ones, that are kind of begrudgingly talking about my talent."