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ABC Talking Heads:

Owen a Laughing Matter?

9/4/2007 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comABC "World News Now" anchors Ryan Owens and Taina Hernandez had a hard time keeping straight faces while reporting the alleged suicide attempt of comic actor Owen Wilson. The on air duo couldn't stop laughing while announcing Wilson's dramatic ordeal.

What had the two chuckleheads so giggly? It turns out that Owens and Hernandez have the maturity of 9-year-olds, and thought that the last name of Wilson's uncle -- Hoe -- was hilarious.

The pair offered an on air apology ... two days later.

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46.

Bert    

Hoe is a funny name...

2576 days ago
47.

Connie    

Wow, how immature and insensitive. What are they, five? An apology would suffice if they were, but they're both adults and news anchors. I think this calls for consequences (not regret), they need the boot. Grossly unprofessional.

2576 days ago
48.

Joy    

HOE MIGHT BE A FUNNY NAME TO YOU BUT IF THAT WAS YOUR NAME HOW HARD WOULD YOU LAUGH? THESE TWO SHOULD BE FIRED.I AM 65YRS OLD AND I BET NOT A WEEK HAS GONE BY IN MY LIFE THAT SOMEONE HASN'T HAD A GOOD LAUGH AT MY NAME.

2576 days ago
49.

Mary Worth    

Suicide is a very selfish thing!
The poor individual thinks the world is all about HIMSELF/HERSELF!
They don't think about the effect their actions will have on their loved ones, and other innocent people!
Does Kate Hudson deserve to have the onus of a former lover's selfish actions harm her in any way?

And it's a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

I saw a tv program where a young woman told about her suicide attempt. The young woman almost succeeded. She told about reaching the other side; then observing those who succeeded at committing suicide. She said their spirits were walking around in circles, mumbling to themselves. Over and over! These spirits were unaware of others around them!.

She informed us that, just then, a bright beam shone from on high, and a voice asked, "Is this what you want to experience?"

She is now working to prevent suicides.

2576 days ago
50.

Amy Silverman    

I don't think they were laughing at Owen Wilson or his suicide attempt,just the anchor's uncle's funny name. These 2 anchors would NOT do that-sorry-no sale!

2576 days ago
51.

Connie    

I will not be watching ABC anymore, none of it is a laughing matter.

2576 days ago
52.

Calico333    

So maybe they weren't laughing at Owen Wilson, but these anchors are supposed to be professionals! That means when you're on the air, quit laughing at "Uncle Hoe" and report the news respectfully. That's their job. Laugh at Uncle Hoe later...off camera.

2576 days ago
53.

Connie    

She can't even spit out "depression" without falling apart? She has to be fired, she can't do her job...this is the NEWS, not Comedy Central.

2576 days ago
54.

dw    

how insensitive and unprofessional can you get?i feel bad that owen, his family and loved ones have to even be aware of that being out there...i'd fire 'em......

2576 days ago
55.

MarkToronto    

Wow ! I can't believe TV anchors. Especially the woman.

Complete and utter idiots ! They should be put on suspension and a warning that should they ever giggle at inappropriate moments again, they should get FIRED!

Hell, they should get fired now.

2576 days ago
56.

anon    

wow- that is extremely suprising and unprofessional. A newscasters sole purpose is to deliver the news in a nonbiased/ nonemotional manner.

2576 days ago
57.

Tangie    

#56----stay the hell out of it, Canada!

2576 days ago
58.

Connie    

#49 I don't support suicide, it's not the answer to problems. However, it is not selfish. It's his or her life/body/soul. So, it very much is about that person. He or she isn't responsible for anyone else's happiness, only their own. What is selfish, is expecting them to do what's right for you. Depression is an illness, quit blaming the person.

2576 days ago
59.

Gig    

Anyone who can laugh over someone's sucidie attempt needs a swift kick in the teeth. The station needs to fire these two blithering idiots ASAP.

2576 days ago
60.

Tangie    

#59-Gigi---Someone who can't spell has no business calling other idiots. How about we kick all illiterate people in the teeth? You would have to gum your way through life.

2576 days ago
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