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Feb 23, 2004  •  Post A Comment

When Jeff Probst said during a recent installment of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that after the Janet Jackson bared-breast incident, “Survivor” was ordered to enlarge the digital blur over the ever-naked Richard Hatch, the ever-naive Insider wondered whether that edict had any post-production ramifications.
Turns out it does. It has added a couple of hours to the post-production of each “Survivor” episode, according to a post-production source who said the challenge segments are literally a challenge for the pixelators, who have to work frame by action-driven frame.
It also turns out that the blur has been made more opaque by increasing the number of pixels deployed in each frame to record levels for the eight-season reality hit.
Ripa Ripe For Slime Time
Kelly Ripa will be sitting-and knitting-pretty when she pays off the Super Bowl bet she lost to Regis Philbin by not talking for the duration of the host chat segment on the Feb. 23 airing of “Live With Regis and Kelly.”
The “penalty” negotiations ended Friday with the agreement that Ms. Ripa can communicate with flash or cue cards. Other nonverbal options also are open to her-“Not speaking is not speaking,” said “Live” executive producer Michael Gelman-but a slip of the lip will result in her being slimed.
After last Friday’s show, on which Ms. Ripa said she’d bring her knitting Feb. 23, Mr. Gelman told The Insider that the exact formula (as well as when and by what kind of slime bucket the slop would be dropped) still was being worked out. But The Insider is confident the goo will be green. “I think green is the grossest color,” Mr. Gelman said.
Re-Enter Laughing
The Insider hears that Dennis Miller might be taking himself less seriously on his weeknightly CNBC show, which debuted in late January to big ratings only to plummet to very unfunny lows thereafter.
Steve Friedman, the former “Today” and “The Early Show” executive producer, has been brought in as a consultant on “Dennis Miller” and is certain to help lighten things up, and he could expand the show into the empty space at the far end of Mr. Miller’s Burbank studio to accommodate an audience.
For the record, CNBC says it always planned to hire a consultant, that Mr. Friedman’s role is to help fine-tune “Miller” and that it truly believes in Mr. Miller and the show.