When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

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Scroll through the Palminteri shove in the above photos

By edhat staff

KEYT reporter John Palminteri has gone viral in local channels for pushing a photobombing selfie taker out of his live camera shot on Tuesday.

Palminteri was reporting live from the downtown area when KEYT news anchors C.J. Ward and Beth Farnsworth sent the camera to Palminteri's view. For a few seconds, you can see a teenager attempting to take a "selfie" with the veteran newsman before he quickly, and promptly, pushes him out of the live camera shot before reading the news. 

Live newscasters have to put up with a lot. The weather, finding people to interviews, asking tough questions, staying composed, looking great, photobombers, selfie-takers, the ever-annoying person who waves in the background. It's a tough job but John Palminteri has been Santa Barbara's man on the street for years sending news we can trust. His nickname is Primetime for a reason.

Now he has reached immortal fame in the GIF world. Enjoy the viral fame Primetime! Here's hoping the likes of Jimmy Kimmel increase your viral status.

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Eminence Threat Feb 17, 2020 09:06 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

KEYT and "The Palm" better hope to dear god that lawyer aren't lining up. Firstly because these sorts of things have a propensity to expand far beyond the realm of the expected. Secondly, because if it does, there is not enough value in either of these products to sustain a hit like this.... (https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cnn-covington-settlement/). Enter Sandmann. .. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF9Gr5waAJg).

Eminence Threat Feb 17, 2020 08:20 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Some boomer with a camera crew and a handful of face-lifts, some make up, and a great hair stylist, still thinks he owns the streets, the narrative, and the right to violence in the defense of his "turf". Worse, Imagine being so boomer tier that you think your getting legitimate news, in five minute bursts, from this source. But wait.., it gets even worse.., Imagine boomers face-booking their boomer friends about what they saw on the "news". This is an absolute "Boomer Apocalypse".

a-1581959275 Feb 17, 2020 08:18 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Would a reasonable person assume a person lunging at you with something in their hand was a possible threat? Is is reasonable to act in self-defense? Who was the initiator? Who was the defender? These are the legal questions that will get asked. You don't have to wait until an attack actually takes place before you then can exercise self-defense. Palminteri was well within a reasonable self-defense reaction mode. Get this aggressive lunging person out of his safety zone. Ironic now that young people are demanding their own safe spaces and the total pre-emptive censorship of potential trigger words who they claim are thought-crime speakers now claim others cannot ask for safe physical space when being immediately and physically threatened. Okay Millennials, explain that one to me. Used to be sticks and stone scan break my bones but names can never hurt me. Now it is names and words can permanently traumatize me, but threatening sticks and stones at another person are okay

Ahchooo Feb 16, 2020 04:19 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

The reason I cheer when I see this is only partly because I feel some affinity for Mr Palminteri. Mostly it just feels good to see someone literally push back against a self-important, entitled person who seems to think his own selfie is more important than respecting another person’s space. Palminteri may or may not also have an exaggerated sense of his own importance, but the instigator here was the selfie-taker, and selfie-takers are inherently annoying.

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 10:33 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

It’s called a teenager. He just hadn’t grown up yet. They are all self important. It’s up to the adults to show them how to be in the world. JP just taught him adults can be self important Jerks too.

Ahchooo Feb 16, 2020 05:19 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I don’t see anger on his face, more like determination. That shove probably took a lot of effort. The kid is not a baby. Do we have to let teens do anything they feel like? He is responsible for his behavior. But I agree, Palminteri would have been wiser not to shove. I just think he was focused on the task at hand and reacted spontaneously. It wasn’t a premeditated assault.

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 04:56 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

You are equating apples and oranges here. This kids behavior has everything to do with his age. He will grow out of this obnoxious behavior as they all do. JP has absolutely NO EXCUSE for loosing his shit like this. The hatred on his face? Disturbing!

Eminence Threat Feb 16, 2020 03:40 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

.By the time Palmenteri is on the scene, the news has long since left. Aboard hundreds of Snapchats, Instagrams and a quarter million Facebook posts, the news travels far out of his economic control. Time and time again, anyone can just whip out a cheap device and be "the first on scene", sharing the news without concern for profits, or control of a narrative. Pitifully lashing out at some indiscriminate selfie taker, a minor no less, shows the frustration Palmenteri must be feeling about having to face his new and ever diminishing role. Eventually his hair stylist and make up specialists will make him look more and more like Casey Kasem, as they try to squeeze the last revenue from his viewership. Who is his viewership anyhow? You have to be in jail, in an old folks home or outright stupid to let the television tell you what is news in this day an age.

Get over it Feb 16, 2020 02:16 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

So, yeah... It's kinda funny to watch, but how incredibly unprofessional. I this day and age how is this seen as okay and even applauded? I have no issues with JP and have met him several times around town. If I shoved a teenager like that and was filmed on live TV, there would for sure be an issue with that. All you people holding JP's jock would be totally flaming me.

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 02:31 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Whatever transpired before short of the kid threatening him has nothing to do with the fact that JP acted incredibly unprofessionally. I don’t get all the people thinking just because he has hidden this side of himself well, that he is someone to support. JP is loosing it!

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 10:21 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Funny how people who are jealous of John's success and popularity want to tear him down: Porn mustache, washed-up, dark side, and the "when I/me/me/me/I/myself/me once was a reporter." It's plain to see (if you aren't jealous), that John Palminteri, JP, The Palm, The Mustached One, is beloved by nearly everyone in Santa Barbara and well beyond. He's a local institution. A local celebrity. His detractors are few and far between, but for some reason fixated on his signature mustache. Jealousy, jealousy, and more unbecoming jealousy coming from those who want to bring The Palm down, and gleefully giggle when he does something out of character. Laugh, bully, and hate his supporters (Palminterians) all you want, but don't mess with The Palm.

Bene Feb 16, 2020 03:08 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Well, I wasn't going to bring this up, but I will because people don't seem to be believing you about the "dark side" you say you have observed. Doesn't anyone remember the media reports from some years back about an ex-girlfriend saying he abused her physically?

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 01:22 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I am the one that wrote about his dark side and I can tell you I have NO jealousy in regard to JP. I have witnessed his snarky, rude, pushy side first hand thus the reference. Folks basically aren’t getting his inappropriate behavior and are focused on a sub adult behavior instead.

seaninsb Feb 16, 2020 07:20 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Love this so much. You’re all looking at this wrong. Every young idiot in this town wants the perfect picture for Instagram or Facebook. Honestly, who really gives a rip. I love that he gets ejected from Johns personal space like getting launched off a trampoline. John 1, young tool = 0

a-1581959275 Feb 17, 2020 03:58 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

You do know, 1:24, how popular "wrestling" is, right? (Makes me sad in part because it was my mom who helped me see what a great sport Greco-Roman wrestling is.) And how prez loves and takes advantage of the poorly educated? I'm not saying the audience doesn't get it. Guess I'm not not saying it either.

jqb Feb 16, 2020 03:37 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I'm looking at this correctly, you aren't. The kid was a jerk, and JP reacted unprofessionally and committed (simple, misdemeanor) assault and (simple, misdemeanor) battery as defined by the law.

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 10:40 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

The way he pushed the kid away was classic! Double open palm (not to be confused with The Palm) with a slight upward projection, and the kid's pencil-thin neck slightly warps inward as he is quickly ejected out of the camera shot. Classic E-Jeck-Shun and the crowd goes bonkers for Johnny P for showing his "shadow side." (ohhhhhhhh noooooo, NOT the the the the shaddddddow side)

a-1581959275 Feb 16, 2020 10:13 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

It’s the WAY he was rejected that is at issue. I think everyone here agrees the kid behaved rudely but Palminteri as an adult supposedly has fully developed frontal lobes where the kid does not. JP should have acted like an adult and NOT have put his hands on this kid. His shadow side is in clear view here.

LocalMatt Feb 16, 2020 04:55 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

"They are working with the kid because he is impulsive" That is hysterical, name a child or adult who isn't. Tyler lewis needs a reality check. Maybe he will get his participation trophy.

MR2 Feb 15, 2020 09:29 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Assault is assault, John Palminteri shouldn't get a pass because he's on TV and you like him. I've jumped into John's shot before but he didn't shove me, they just edited me out. I hope the kid sues and wins.

Bene Feb 15, 2020 04:47 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I used to be a television reporter and people did all kinds of things when I was out in the field. I would never have pushed anyone, I would have dealt with it another way. Probably I and my camera woman/man would have made it verbally clear we weren't keen on the photo bomb method. BTW, I don't think anyone in local TV news is of the celebrity status some folks seem to think. Local news isn't the "big time" and doesn't equate with being a movie star. Local TV reporters aren't that highly paid and it is a sometimes difficult and un-glamorous job.

a-1581959275 Feb 17, 2020 03:42 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Yes, right?! Unintentional, I sure hope, but sounds like q-anon, from what I've read, or any other cult, I guess. I find these under or over-tones scary. Aw heck, of course that's just what the poster wants, lol. The q anon tagline is Where One Goes All Goes One or some such stuff. If you don't know this, you should, so you can both avoid and call it out. ------------------------------------------------------------------ "QAnon believers commonly tag their social media posts with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, signifying the motto "where we go one, we go all."

Bene Feb 16, 2020 01:43 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

That is hysterical! An attack on him is an attack on all of us?! I think it is mentally healthy to have one's own identity and reserve loyalty for those we actually know personally. I don't have anything at all against John. But I really do have something against the imagined closeness people assume with those "in the public eye." When I was on air I found it nauseating when people would see me on TV and try to call me for dates and or social gatherings--just because they saw me on TV. Their interest in me would have felt more normal if those people actually knew me or talked to me. I'm sure that your deep feelings for John will never be returned.

a-1581959275 Feb 15, 2020 09:31 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Bebe: Totally agree! And having had a bizarre experience with Palminteri When he was trying to drum up a non-story and being a total JERK about it, he ain’t all that I can tell you.

a-1581959275 Feb 15, 2020 06:03 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Bene: What you would have done has nothing to do with this. As has been the case for a hundred years or more, SB and its environs are filled with mega-celebrities. We are used to seeing the likes of Oprah, Ellen, Striesand, Douglas's, Reagan's, Kardashian's, Julia Child, Katy Perry, Kennedy's, and on and on. Locals don't "lose it" when we see these folks, we leave them alone. So, when OUR mega-celebrity The Palm gets accosted by some random kid, of course peeps get upset and are on John's side. So what if local news reporters are not "big time" or paid all that much, what matters is their character, of which John The Palm has puh-lenty. If you have something against The Palm, that's your issue, but an attack on him is an attack on all of us.

Bene Feb 15, 2020 05:38 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Mini beast, did you read the story above? "Photo bomb" is the term used in the story. That is not my term, so if you take issue with it guess you need to tell edhat staff. It is your choice if you want to be a fan of someone. I personally think that being a "fan" is demeaning. Especially to be a fan of local news.

Minibeast Feb 15, 2020 05:06 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

"Photobomb" is a term used for photos, not video. ***** C. J. Ward, Tracy Lehr and The Palm will always be star celebs to me. They're on-camera news reporters who live/work in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara. The very definition of stellar. Plus random sightings are fun.

toot Feb 15, 2020 01:24 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Roger, you argued that "the kid" needs to be sent to Juvenile Hall and his parents to jail "for putting him up to this." I know the family and they "did not put him up to this." They are honest, hard-working parents who are working with their son who is neither delinquent nor malicious. He has a problem with being impulsive. And that's it. They are working with him. I know that "the kid" regrets his actions. But just because it fits your narrative, don't go mouthing off about the character of the parents or their son until you have more intimate info about all the dynamics involved. You came from a hard-scrabble past and clawed your way back to self-respect and should be applauded for it. Extend that same courtesy to others.

hz Feb 15, 2020 12:45 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

I do feel though...it would have been polite to ask first for a selfie...guess his intent was more about being on live TV. Yes, please and thank you can go a long way....I still feel that was a violent push..JP under the camera gun and unable to improvise. I bet the camera man got some feed back too.. so hard when we eff up in public...

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