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As a Critic, Here’s Good Reason to Kill Yourself

Thanks to mediabistro.com/tvnewser for bringing the following clip to my attention and in the process completely ruining my day.

Somehow it slipped by me that Cody Kifford — Kathie Lee’s son — will be reviewing movies for “Today’s” fourth hour — the one his mom co-hosts — as part of his “internship.” OK, good for him, nepotism is a fact of life. But then he had to stick a long spike into my eye by stating the following:

“I think that as you get older, you know, you kinda — no one’s fault — but you get a little out of touch with contemporary issues, films, and whatnot. Maybe not out of touch, you can be knowledgeable about it, but you’re not really — it’s not your generation anymore. And that’s no fault of anyone’s, but I think I can bring, maybe, a little more awareness and, kind of, a relevancy, that maybe isn’t there with older people.”

Sure, and who could have been raised with a more populist touch than a kid like Gifford, who was born on third base and is apparently convinced he hit a triple? Suddenly, Ben Lyons isn’t looking so bad.

He’s right about one thing, though: Right now I feel really, really old — and whatnot.

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