Quest Quips

blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...

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Thursday, May 09, 2002
CNN's American Morning Host, Jack Cafferty, confirms Richard's manic side

In February 2002, Jack Cafferty and Paula Zahn hosted American Morning on CNN and asked Richard about some of the top stories across the ocean in England.

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to AMERICAN MORNING. Every Friday on this broadcast at roughly this time we swing across the pond and check in with my friend Richard Quest, who's the fine CNN correspondent in our London bureau to find out what it is the folks over on Fleet Street have their knickers all in a knot about. What are the - what are the foreign newspapers up in arms about besides somebody stealing your cell phone?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Important stuff this Jack, why stealing one of these could put you in prison for a very long time indeed. Now, mobile phones, Jack, has become an epidemic in Britain. Over a million phones a year are actually stolen, and Britain's top judge has now said mobile phone muggers must go to jail.

What this means is anybody caught stealing a mobile phone is virtually guaranteed 18 months in a British prison. If violence is involved, then they get five years in a British prison.

CAFFERTY: Richard, you guys have any like real crime over there?

QUEST: Well it's serious business. A woman was shot in the head and left for virtually dead just because she could get rid of a mobile phone.

CAFFERTY: The other big item is whether Gerhard Schroeder dyes his hair...

QUEST: This is serious stuff. Gerhard Schroeder, the German Chancellor. Now that's what he looked like on the last - you can see what he looked like earlier this year. That's what he looks like now. The question is does he dye his hair? Well last night, of course, the Chancellor Schroeder was at the White House with President Bush, part of a visit to Washington. And everyone - now Mr. Schroeder is very sensitive about this. He's threatened to sue people who claim that he does dye his hair. He says no, I don't. It's just a natural change.

CAFFERTY: Yes. Right.

QUEST:Of course, many people do dye their hair. Now Jack, look men of a certain age, I'm not saying you, men of a certain age need a little bit of help. So Jack, there's nothing to be frightened, nothing to be ashamed about, but this bought just up the road [Richard holds up box of hair dye]. I'm sure this will do very nicely. Jack, don't worry, this won't hurt a bit.

CAFFERTY: All right Richard, call us when you get straightened out, will you? We'll talk to you next Friday. Thank you. Richard Quest live in our London bureau, obviously forgetting to take his medication, which he's supposed to take every Wednesday - Paula.

PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: But I don't see any gray hairs in the head. I don't know what he's talking about.