In the vein of Kanye West's "I'ma let you finish, but…," WGN reporter Robin Baumgarten's "Are you kidding me?" might be the next catchphrase to be endlessly mocked in the media.
Ellen DeGeneres good-naturedly riffed on the incident during her show Tuesday, cutting away several times during the broadcast to issue fake reports in a sendup of the Chicago news station's now well-publicized gaffe. (Scroll down to watch DeGeneres borrow Baumgarten's now-signature line.)
On "The Tonight Show" Monday, Jay Leno poked fun at the story by showing "Twilight" footage while saying it was a WGN report from a fight in Grant Park.
Along with DeGeneres and Leno, national media are having a field day with the incident in which WGN Morning News anchors Baumgarten and Larry Potash inadvertently went into "breaking news" mode and reported on a small plane crash last Friday -- all before learning, while the cameras rolled on, that the crash was actually a scene being filmed for the NBC drama "Chicago Fire." Perez Hilton posted on his blog Tuesday: "So much for that local Emmy… LOLz!"
Despite the national ribbing they've received, the WGN crew have been good sports about the blunder. The station reported on its own mistake shortly after the story went live and has since covered the high-profile send-ups of the incident.
Baumgarten and Potash -- both multiple Emmy winners for their work -- have shown good senses of humor about the goof up, standing by as the infamous video is replayed again… and again. Baumgarten tweeted Wednesday morning, regarding the DeGeneres pickup:
Ellen now?? Are you kidding me? #trademarkpending
— Robin Baumgarten (@WGNRobin) December 4, 2012