Scoop: Hasbro, anchor settle suit over Harris Faulkner hamster doll

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner and Hasbro have decided to play nice.

Faulkner “amicably” settled her $5 million lawsuit against Hasbro over a plastic toy hamster that had her name, according to a statement released by both parties on Wednesday, TheWrap website reports.

Financial terms of the agreement were not revealed, although the company has stopped making and selling the doll, part of its “Littlest Pet Shop” product line.

Faulkner sued the toymaker in New Jersey federal court in September 2015, saying the company used her name, and likeness, without authorization.

“In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes and the design of its eye makeup,” the suit claimed, adding that the portrayal was “demeaning and insulting.”

Hasbro, which filed a motion to dismiss the suit (which was rejected by U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden), denied that the toy was named for Faulkner and said there was no resemblance between the news anchor and the doll.

As the gossip site Jezebel astutely notes that Harris Faulkner hamsters still in circulation could be quite valuable, the real Harris reiterated in the statement that she does not endorse — or approve — of them.


Contrary to recent Scoop reports, Grammy–winner Toni Braxton is not kicking off her 2016 tour at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre this weekend, as originally scheduled. Her PR team announced that the singer, who has lupus and recently was hospitalized, has changed the opening date of the tour to Oct. 12 in Detroit. Tickets for the postponed Oct. 8 show in Oakland will be honored for the rescheduled Jan. 28 date.


An insider reported to Life & Style magazine that Leonardo DiCaprio “went crazy” for the material in Bruce Springsteen’s new memoir “Born to Run” and has offered the rocker’s people $10 million for movie rights” — but that Springsteen has “always maintained that he would never allow his life story to become a movie.” … Madame Tussauds San Francisco is celebrating the Indian national holiday Diwali with a new attraction — wax figures of Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan — and a unveiling bash from 7 to 9 tonight at the Fisherman’s Wharf location.


Musician Will Butler of Arcade Fire is 34. … Singer Melinda Doolittle (”American Idol”) is 39. … Actor Jeremy Sisto is 42. … Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 43. … Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet is 52. … Actress Elisabeth Shue is 53. … Guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is 62.

— Staff, wire reports

Examiner Staff

Recent Posts

Debate over rent control measure highlights concern for single family home owners

Two supervisors sought to protect single family homeowners from a rent control expansion during a hearing Monday on whether to…

37 mins ago

San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans steps down

AT&T PARK -- After back-to-back losing seasons, San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans will be stepping down from his…

2 hours ago

SF prosecutors accuse public defender of impropriety in murder case

San Francisco prosecutors on Monday alleged Public Defender Jeff Adachi may have committed a misdemeanor when he interviewed four grand…

4 hours ago

Weekend collisions leave scooter rider, pedestrian with life-threatening injuries

Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in separate traffic collisions this weekend in San Francisco, police said. The first collision occurred…

5 hours ago

Warriors, Bob Myers optimistic they will re-sign Patrick McCaw

OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors kicked off the 2018-19 season at media day on Monday, and there was one…

6 hours ago

Muni delays make politicos late to Transit Week event

With a latte from Caffe Trieste in one hand and a bus handle bar in the other, Supervisor Aaron Peskin…

6 hours ago