Fox News on Sunday issued an explanation for Saturday’s episode of “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” which was marred by “technical difficulties” and the appearance of host Jeanine Pirro, whom many viewers thought seemed disheveled and perhaps even tipsy.
“Jeanine Pirro was broadcasting from her home for the first time when she encountered several technical difficulties which impacted the quality of her show, including the loss of a teleprompter,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “As we have previously said, we are operating with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees in these unprecedented times.”
An individual close to the network “absolutely” denied that Pirro was drunk and said the former prosecutor does not even drink alcohol.
Pirro did her own hair and makeup for Saturday’s show, the insider said, noting that even in-studio talent is working with reduced hair and makeup staff as a result of new protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The former New York state judge’s usually well-coifed hair did appear to get less telegenic as Saturday’s episode went on.
Pirro also joined her show roughly 15 minutes into the regular broadcast time, apologizing for “the technical difficulties” when she finally took over for network anchor Jackie Ibanez.
A good portion of the Twitterverse quickly had a field day based on tweeted clips from the show, with several noting similarities to Cecily Strong’s impression of a liquor-toting, drink-spilling Pirro on “Saturday Night Live.”
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica tweeted that the show could be retitled “Happy Hour With Judge Jeanine.”
For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Pirro served as a federal judge.