Can News Anchors Be Serious and Silly?

I guess because in my business we're a tad self-absorbed, a lot of folks in my business are a tad aghast that Brian Williams will be hosting "Saturday Night Live" in a few weeks.

Yea, Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor. Part of what they used to call the "holy trinity" of broadcast journalism — serious, revered, special.

But to Brian's credit, clearly not self-absorbed.

Look, I don't know Brian Williams personally. I've seen him at numerous events and, of course, on air. And although he's inherited a special mantle, nothing I've seen from him makes me think he acts like he has.

In fact, he's quite funny and razor quick. In some venues I've watched him, he's actually hysterical. But more, he's human.

I welcome him showing the world that. I wish more would.

I'm not saying everyone try out at a comedy club, but do stop trying out for the "I'm important" club.

Because you know something? You're not. None of us are.

The moment we can't laugh at ourselves, is the moment everyone will.

A lot of my learned journalist friends say they rue these times. I welcome them.

Some say network anchors should be serious, not silly. Why can't they be both?

Some of the best bosses I've ever had, including the one I have now, are funny as heck. They pick their moments, because life is about moments. And then it's gone.

Brian gets that. And I frankly like that.

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Neil Cavuto serves as senior vice president, anchor and managing editor for both FOX News Channel (FNC) and FOX Business Network (FBN). He is anchor of FNC's Your World with Cavuto - the number one rated cable news program for the 4 p.m. timeslot - as well as the FNC Saturday show Cavuto on Business. He also hosts Cavuto on FBN weeknights at 8 p.m. In addition to anchoring daily programs and breaking news specials on FNC and FBN, Cavuto oversees business news content for both networks and FNC's weekend business shows, including Bulls & Bears, Forbes on Fox, and Cashin' In. Click here for more on Neil Cavuto.