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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a-1581790083 Feb 15, 2020 10:08 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

"what if the high school student had fallen and hit his head on concrete." He would have learned what I learned when at five years old I grabbed a pot from the stove....still have he scars....never grabbed a pot from the stove from that time on. The kid made a mistake, and he should be forgiven. Someone mentioned that they have a lawyer relative who knows plenty of lawyers who would.....who would what? Do what they usually do?? LOL?? Bottom line: that kid was taught a serious lesson and won't creep up on any news reporters al the time to scare the bejesus out of them any time soon.

a-1581791195 Feb 15, 2020 10:26 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

If you lose you temper and shove someone and they hit their head it’s a bit different from grabbing an inanimate object and getting hurt. Follow that logic? The lesson the high schooler learned is clear. I wonder if JP will end up being forced to learn anything?

a-1581795661 Feb 15, 2020 11:41 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

@10:26: I totally agree with you that the kid deserved to be quickly, but gently brushed aside and out of a great angle shot of The Palm. This kid was attempting to deprive us of on-air time with The Palminator, which was a huge mistake. I hope this young man apologizes to Mr. JP, and maybe The Palm will hire him as an intern to perform security on future news-reporting gigs.....wouldn't that be a great story. The kid would go from goonball loser to hero in nothing flat!

midair Feb 15, 2020 12:14 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Security form what. Senior reporter is in public, on a public street. There s no god give right that we all have to bow down to TV reporters no matter how bad a moustache they are sporting.

a-1581800029 Feb 15, 2020 12:53 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Midair: Do not discount the fact that The Palm, mustache and all, are highly regarded in the community at-large, and also within the ranks of professional news reporters nation wide. He is his own man, a maverick, a rebel, and yes, in these parts, a living legend. Make fun of him at your own peril, but one thing you need to understand is: respect gets respect; disrespect gets you pushed to the ground (and rightfully so). Here's to The Palm! [Please reply out loud: TO THE PALM!!!]

midair Feb 15, 2020 01:44 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Pushing to the ground also gets you jail time. But I'll say it again, there is no god given right that we must all bow down to a TV reporter on a PUBLIC street. Lots of "highly regarded" personalities have proven to be not so deserving. And if you're gonna sport a 70's porn star mustache then be prepared for discussion.

Lina24 Feb 15, 2020 11:13 AM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Last time I saw a Newscaster that upset with teens was in the early 80's. George Fishbeck was in my town, Huntington Beach, reporting on a hurricane that was whipping him around a bit. He was standing near the Pier trying to report when the local surfers were fooling around behind him trying to get in the shot and bumping into him. He didn't push them but was so mad he looked at the camera and yelled "This is the best excuse for excuse for abortion I've ever seen!!".

jqb Feb 15, 2020 12:13 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

The kid was being a jerk and I'm a fan of JP, who was justified in being PO'd, but that does not change the fact that this is legally assault. But hopefully the kid isn't stupid enough to press charges.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

a-1581818598 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.

a-1581831091 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.

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-1581939724 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."

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.

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-1581876829 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.

a-1581878422 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)

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-1581940697 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.

a-1581877271 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.

a-1581888167 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.

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?

Bene Feb 17, 2020 03:10 PM
When Push Comes to Shove, Palminteri Gets the Job Done

Oh, are you referring to the old news report about the ex-girlfriend fight? If so, yes, I too couldn't find a hint of it online anymore. I have seen ads for a service that "cleans " negative news about one's self off the web--doctors use it a lot I am told. Maybe that happened or just got "dropped off." Dunno. But I have a pretty good memory and pretty sure I know what I read years back. Guess the only way to find it would be to go through microfiche archives of SBNP.

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