WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre Falls for a Matthew McConaughey Impersonator
WFAA's Ron Corning drinks co-anchor Cynthia Izaguirre's on-air humiliation like a fine glass of crisp Thunderbird.
Morning news shows have to fill a lot of time for audiences who are barely awake or so hungover that they don't realize the TV is actually on, so they have a little more leeway with their content. That's why you've never seen folks like Brian Williams doing cooking segments with chimps during the NBC Nightly News or Walter Cronkite participating in a phone booth stuffing competition before telling his viewers "That's the way it is."
WFAA's Good Morning Texas had just such a moment in preparation for Sunday's Academy Awards in which a fake Matthew McConaughey called into the show to talk about his crazy week leading up to what could be his first Oscar win for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
Host Ron Corning set up the bit using 99.5 FM The Wolf's Ken Buckner as bait and the chance for an exclusive on-air interview as the snare to snag co-host Cynthia Izaguirre. Buckner lays it on a little thick from the start and almost blows his cover by uttering "all rights" per the minute as if he's being paid by the word. Even Izaguirre suspects just for a split second that he might not be the real McCoy-aughey but Buckner brilliantly recovers the way we suspect the real McConaughey would act if he got such a question: He subtly starts hitting on her.
We don't mean to imply that Izaguirre would be so easily wiled by McConaughey's charms. We're just saying that if the real McConaughey were in this interview, somewhere in West Texas a pack of wolves would have lifted their heads to pick up the mysterious trail of pheromones that his mutant flirting powers would have produced.