TV Titans Offer Well Wishes to Jennings
April 7, 2005
The titans of television came together Wednesday night in New York to honor one of their own: Former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch. But the talk of the night was all about Peter Jennings' courageous fight against lung cancer as, from CBS to PBS, the well wishes came pouring in.
Dan Rather praised his former rival in one of his first public appearances since leaving the CBS anchor desk. "I learned a long time ago never to bet against Peter Jennings," Rather said. "He'll come out on the other side of this."
Added Rather, "This is a private family matter, and I've been in touch with my friends Kayce and Peter Jennings, and I'd like to leave it at that."
"He's a guy I have enormous faith in," Charlie Rose told us. "If anybody can face the challenge of cancer, it's Peter Jennings."
"Peter is one of my friends, so we're all praying for Peter," Bill O'Reilly said.
"I wish Peter the best," Maria Bartiromo added. "Health and strength during this difficult time."
And while Henry Kissinger and media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Les Moonves came to honor Jack Welch, the former GE chief wanted to praise Jennings. "He's been in our living rooms every night for many years always having trust," Welch said. "He's a marvelous person."
Jack's new book "Winning" is in stores now. Meanwhile, many are hoping "winning" will also be the title of Peter Jennings' story of his battle with cancer.