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Where Have All the Hair Stylists Gone?

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Everyone knows the format of LA's local newscasts: Lead with a killing, throw in a car chase, then the weather, sports and end on some puff piece about a kid or a cat. That's pretty much why we don't watch. But channel surfing late on Sunday night, something caught our attention on NBC4. And we watched because it was slightly disturbing, yet mesmerizing: Furnell Chatman'shair.

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Now despite a slighty robotic persona, Chatman has a decent anchor voice that we don't mind so much. A reporter for more than 30 years, he has the creds for the job as NBC4's weekend anchor. He's covered major LA events: Olympics, earthquakes, fires and high-profile trials -- even snagged the first on-camera interview with O.J. after his trial.

But now let's get back to that hair. On Sunday night, it was a sight to behold -- dyed extremely dark, it looked shellacked and then Jello-molded into the shape of a helmet. It never moved. Ever. Hypnotic.

Chatman seems like a smart and no-nonsense kind of guy, but seriously, Furnell, what's up with the 'do? We know you've been in the biz long enough to hear about the "Ted Koppel" and Trump's alleged hairpiece with combover. And hello, NBC4???? You guys must have stylists for hair and makeup available. Do something...please.

We don't mean to sound so superficial (OK, maybe just a little), but hair like that distracted us so that we couldn't hear that animal/ kid story at the end of the broadcast. And we won't even go into the fact that the mustache went out a few years ago. Did you see Anchorman?

Even though we're giving you a ribbing, you have to look on the bright side Furnell, at least you're no blowhard like Ron Burgandy. We'll leave that to Paul Moyer.

But we'll get to talking about his hair another day.