CNN’s John Roberts Scolds Co-Anchor Kiran Chetry Live On-Air

A few people have asked us why no one’s written about this jaw-droppingly awkward interaction between American Morning co-anchors John Roberts and Kiran Chetry last week.

After some searching, we found what they were talking about. Wednesday morning, right before Roberts was set to interview David Axelrod, he sternly reprimanded her for some off-screen distraction.

As Roberts introduced Pres. Obama’s senior adviser, he seemed distracted. “Let me ask you first of all,” pause, smile, restart. “Let me ask you first of all, David, if I could, before we get into the…”

Full stop. Then, Roberts turned to where Chetry was sitting next to him (she had been on camera earlier in the segment), and said, with Axelrod still in the double-box shot: “Would you mind not doing that while I’m talking? Thank you, I appreciate that.” Then, added for emphasis and sarcasm, “If you don’t mind.”

And then back to the interview. Chetry and Roberts anchored together later that week, but this week Roberts has been off and Chetry only returned today (paired with Drew Griffin). So, uh, some tension over there on American Morning? I think it’s safe to say Roberts enjoys this on-air pairing a little more.

> Update: The Carpe Diem blog, which covers all the cable morning shows, wrote about this last week.

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