TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Triumphant Return ... to Burbank

8/5/2009 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After nearly 5 months in North Korean captivity, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee finally returned to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

North Korean Journalists Triumphant Return

The photo on the right was taken moments after Laura was reunited with her sister, former "View" host Lisa Ling. The women hadn't seen their families since March.

The two women flew in on a private jet, reportedly owned by movie producer Steve Bing, who happens to be a close personal friend of Bill Clinton -- the man who talked 5'3" Kim Jong-il into releasing Laura and Euna.

302 COMMENTS

No Avatar
76.

HumanNature    

TODAY IS FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!! WELCOME HOME LADIES!!!!! THERE'S NOTHING LIKE FREEDOM!!!!! PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!

PRESIDENT CLINTON GREAT JOB!!!!! YOU'RE SO FINE AND LOOK GOOD TO THE EYES!!!!!!!!

1870 days ago
77.

Whatajoke    

Oh yeah, we learned a LOT from these two....how to break international law, get caught, cry for help, and put the U. S. in jeapordy by dealing with terrorists. Real role models there. Now they can go on The View and cry & hug & tell everybody how awful it was & how great the left is & how the Obama adminstration will save the world...yada yada. Wonder where their boss Al "I'm a big p*ssy" Gore fits in?

1870 days ago
78.

john johnson    

good for the ladies, and good for lisa and her family. its a great day! all racist, please, play in traffic.

1870 days ago
79.

Whatajoke    

Oh joy!...rapture!....happy dance!...lets all join hands and sing Kumbaya..........

1870 days ago
80.

HumanNature    

78. I am glad that these two women are free and back home. But I am wondering why Obama couldn't do something to help them and why Bill Clinton was sent to do the job? The fact that Clinton was able to have them released makes Obama look like cr@p.

Posted at 11:39AM on Aug 5th 2009 by NYCResident

****************************************

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS VERY MUCH INVOLVED!!!!! PLEASE GET YOUR NEWS SOURCE FROM CNN, ABCNEWS, MSNBC, NYTIMES, WALLSTREET JOURNAL AND WASHINGTON POST!!!!!!!

1870 days ago
81.

Brain    

How long till Lisa Ling pimps her sister out to Oprah? I say 36 hours~

1870 days ago
82.

facingrealit    

This is what is called using your assets to your advantage. It is quietly known that Bill Clinton and Al Gore had a pretty good relationship with North Korea so it only made good sense to use them to secure these young ladies freedom. Much respect goes to the current administration who is not about EGO but what is best for the nation; best for America's relations abroad. Diplomacy at its BEST! Great job Bill!

1870 days ago
83.

UptownRazorback    

You Republicans are the DUMBEST IDIOTS to ever exist. North Korea is not a terrorist country. There leader is a cruel dictator. And so was Saddam. Who I may recall, received weapons from the US under the "f*cking Great One" Reagan and Bush. Oh, and didn't these same idiots give Osama Bin Lidan weapons to defeat Russia. OOOOOOOOOOOO... I see. The Republicans empowered the man that brought down the twin towers. You f^cking idiots. Learn your history...

You guys are just jealous to see that DIPOLMACY works when you have EDUCATED people running the country not some small d^ck wimps who feel they have to prove they are stronger by going to war. Get a Clue. Great Day to be a Democrat.

1870 days ago
84.

nolovelost    

Bill Clinton is a P.I.M.P!!! We should just make him a permanent figure in the White House.

1870 days ago
85.

danger baby    

A good reason to keep the news off for an entire week. What was the tradeoff? Oh, right, Kim Jong Il did this out of the goodness of his heart.

1870 days ago
86.

cr    

First of all..it's wonderful that they have the opportunity to come back to America. I am baffled why we as Americans are not asking why these two women deliberately chose to put themselves in harms way; was it not their choise to leave their families and do such a think? We have other Americans in need of help; for instance those that have been kidnapped in Afghanistan. Which former President is going to meet with the Taliban to secure their release? That Korean dictator is one smart cookie; he got his photo op with Clinton to show to his people making it look as though America like him. clever!!! Now we as taxpayers must plan on funding all journalist ventures that go areye??? (sp) And...they have the audacity to make this a public photo op, what for Current TV??? They splashed this homecoming all over tv..it wasn't like our soldiers coming home after being kidnapped or something! Please!!!

1870 days ago
87.

Go Away    

Welcome home Spies.

1870 days ago
88.

erkg    

you go to a country that has laws against this - you get caught - you pay the price - while I'm glad they made it home okay, I'm really tired of people breaking laws of a county and expect the US to swoop down and save them - when you are in another country you have to abide by their laws. If you don't want to do that, don't go there and don't beak the laws!

1870 days ago
89.

Lucy    

in case it hasn't been said before, Korea wanted a past president, and Clinton was up for the task. personally, I think these two women have jeopardized the U.S. by their actions and thus prompting for an apology from the U.S. it is like we are groveling to the Koreans.

1870 days ago
90.

Mary    

Since the ugly political comments are in force, these women would have been imprisoned for a very long time and/or died in North Korea had it happened on the watch of the ugliest and worst administration in the history of the United States of America, i.e. Bush-Cheney.

Goodness can occur in the worst of situations when the hearts and minds of the many remain open and "diplomacy" is utilized in place of brute force and a (present) "non-political force" such as former President Clinton (who still commands a great deal of respect throughout the political World) accepts a private mission. Both Presidents Clinton and Carter have done a lot of good throughout the World since leaving the White House.

Welcome Home, Laura Ling and Euna Lee!!! Euna Lee can now participate in the rearing of their beautiful little girl and both women can surround themselves with their spouses and family, again! Love, love, love Laura's devoted sister, Lisa Ling!!! The true reporters of this country put their lives on the line every day as they attempt to bring light to the many dark issues in this world. Blessings to Laura Lind and Euna Lee!!

1870 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web