By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!
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• President Barack Obama will take a seat on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday, Sept. 18. It will be his second time on the show since being elected in 2008. The same day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael.
• NBC’s Today show is coming under fire — again. After being the only major network to not cover a moment of silence for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero (and instead airing an interview with Kris Jenner), the network defended its decision. It did, however, send a memo to network affiliates, apologizing for viewer complaints many have received.
• Despite the much-hyped additions of singers Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, the season premiere ratings of Fox’s The X Factor decreased 23 percent from last season’s premiere.