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KSAT anchor included in HBO’s Cinco de Mayo bit

May 7, 2018 GMT

HBO’s acerbic British host John Oliver once again poked fun at attempts by local newscasters and lifestyle hosts across the country to commemorate a national holiday with some bit of on-air silliness.

Included in the anchor parade on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Sunday was KSAT-TV’s noon news team — specifically, co-anchors Ursula Pari and David Sears and sportscaster Larry Ramirez.

Under the title, “The inevitable consequences of combining local news and the fifth of May,” news personalities from as far away as North Dakota and Montreal and as close to home as Oklahoma and right here in San Antonio were shown speaking a little Spanish, shaking maracas, donning sombreros, cooking Mexican food and giving orders to “grab your guacamole and start mixing the Margaritas” in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

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Many of the clips included anchors uttering the cheer “Olé” — with Pari being among them.

“Mole,” she initially says to Sears and Ramirez. Their response is humorously over-the-top with exclamatory “oohs,” a “yeah” and “alright.”

“Olé! for mole,” Pari continued, flashing a sly smile.

At the end, a reporter’s voice comes on explaining the holiday is the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla.

Then, the punchline: When a Mexican woman is asked if this is “a big, big celebration in Mexico,” she emphatically says “No.”

Reached by text Monday, Pari explained that her “Olé! for mole” comment actually was taken a bit out of context. “The Cinco de Mayo celebration of mole was being featured on ‘SA Live’ (KSAT’s 1 p.m. lifestyle show) … so I said ‘Olé! for mole,’ ” she recalled.

As for being included in the HBO spoofery, Pari added: “LOL! I’ve been so busy with tricentennial coverage and KSAT, I didn’t even know it was on national TV!”

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At this point, however, San Antonio personalities might want to check out Oliver’s show, which airs at 10 p.m. Sundays, if only to make sure they aren’t being skewered in some way.

This is the fourth time in just a little over a year that “Last Week Tonight” has used a local notable in a comical segment: In March, Kimberly Crawford of KABB morning show “Daytime at Nine” was playfully mocked over her unsuccessful effort at sounding Irish in reference to St. Patrick’s Day in a reel of giggles from newsrooms and studios all over the country.

In April 2017, the Spurs’ Tim Duncan was channeled in Oliver’s humorous rant about political gerrymandering.

The most brutal S.A. inclusion, of course, was Oliver’s roast of “Daytime at Nine” co-host Esteban Solis and his clunky attempts to pay tribute to International Women’s Day in March of last year.

Indicating that Crawford, who was absent, must be the host who does the heavy lifting on that show, Oliver concluded with this piece of advice for her: “First thing tomorrow, you need to go into the office and ask for a (expletive) raise.”

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