Charlie Rose may have landed the highly sought after exclusive interview with Sean Penn after Penn’s controversial interview with El Chapo for Rolling Stone, but Rose was not able to land a pair of the Versace skinny jeans worn by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on his way to Santa Clara, California for Super Bowl 50.
On Monday, CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King and Rose had bet $800 in re whether Rose would wear the headline-grabbing skinny pants on the air the next morning.
“I’ll make a call. If I can get them, I’ll wear them tomorrow,” Rose had said confidently.
“That was yesterday — this is today!” Rose crowed on-air this morning, sporting a pair of Versace pants — just not THE Versace pants worn by Newton.
“I tried to get the pants,” King noted.
“You did not!” shot back Rose.
“I did! I talked to Donatella,” King name dropped. “She said —
“What do you think?” Rose interrupted, as King said Donatella Versace told her what Rose appears to have found out: no-go on snaring a pair of Newton’s pants.
“Cam — I’m with you man!” Rose bragged nonetheless, as he showed off his flowy Versace attire.
“How did you get them?” King wondered while, being the pro she is, declining to note they clearly weren’t the same pant.
“My friends at Verace,” Rose responded, quickly correcting, “Versace.”
Intrepid journalist Rose instead should have contacted South Park creator Matt Stone, who had better luck landing the headline-grabbing Versace gown worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards. To be fair, Stone didn’t have to pull it off in one day — he wore his Versace gown to the 2000 Oscars, when the film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut was nominated for original song, Blame Canada.
But TV news coverage of Cam Newton’s pants didn’t begin and end today with CBS News’ morning show. The morning after the media got blind-sided by Donald Trump’s second-place finish in Iowa, CNN’s Coy Wire reported Newton “had a great explanation for why he chose to wear” those pants. “It’s Super Bowl 50,” Newton explained in video. “The mantra of the colors are black and gold. The black and gold attire that I had in my closet was extremely limited. So when I looked at my pants and I said, ‘These are black and gold, these shoes ares black and gold to tie along with the whole Super Bowl 50: black and gold’.”
“I don’t know how limited your choices are if those are in your closet,” Wire observed, directing viewers to CNN’s web site to see his interviews with other Super Bowl players during the game’s media day, in which he asked the pressing question: Did Newton “rock it, or dumb-jock it.”