Pat O'Brien, 60, who's spent most of his career covering sports and hosting tabloid TV shows, is suddenly worried about poor people and the unemployed.
"The Insider" correspondent O'Brien - who likes to sign off his e-mails, "There is more to life than increasing its speed" - sent a message to the staffs of "Insider" and "Entertainment Tonight" over the weekend that read:
"Hi, folks, I just spent a couple of days in Iowa - I'm a little bit of a favorite son there - and I spoke with maybe a thousand people and was very hands-on. Even Joe Biden said, 'You should be running (for president)!' But what I came away with was, these people can't afford gas, books, food or schools or movies!
"I was approached a hundred times by people asking, 'Can you help us?' I tried to tell them we care, but they didn't buy it. They wanted to, but watching Anya and Lara [Spencer] pick out accessories makes the viewers want to vomit. I'll get killed for this, but I'm actually the one not afraid for my job. I want people to be happy."