Discovery takes holiday weekend to heal
September 3rd, 2010
04:51 PM ET

Discovery takes holiday weekend to heal

Discovery Communications employees are slowly trying to find their way back to normalcy.

THR reported that Discovery’s building was open for business Thursday, a day after a hostage crisis erupted at the Silver Spring, Maryland, edifice, but Discovery spokeswoman Tammy Shea adds that employees have been encouraged to use the holiday weekend as a time for healing.

“Right now we are wholly focused on the recovery and healing of our employees with counselors available, and we’ve told them to take today through the holiday weekend off to focus on that and to be with their families,” she told CNN. “We will get back in the saddle on Tuesday, and we’ll still have counselors on hand to help everyone recover.”

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  1. LRoy

    First, if people STOP hating people, STOP being pro-abortion, START supporting human life from conception then the people at Discovery would've been reasonably safe to begin with.

    Now about Shark Week. We have very real great white sharks off the coast of Massachusetts. People are urged not to go in the water. Personally, it's been so hot, I'd take my chances swimming with a point. "Mr. Jaws" (aka Bruce) has been on all summer. I thought art was supposed to represent life, not the other way around.

    September 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TAMMY!

    I hate sharks. Some one should put the employees in a shark tank.

    September 6, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. SuperRN

    Really guys?????? A disturbed psychopath takes people hostage with guns and bombs and your discussing Shark Week in this sad.

    September 6, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mika

    it's most considerato of the Discovery to value their employees most.
    they clearly know that it is always their talented staff who make Discovery such a wonderful program.

    God bless these people.
    do take a good rest in holiday.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mika

    it's most considerato of the Discovery to value their employees most.
    they clearly know that it is always their talents staff who make Discovery such a wonderful program.

    God bless these people.
    do take a good rest in holiday.

    September 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jackie

    Discovery should take the time to evaluate its priorities. The gunman may have been crazy, but he wasn't stupid. He had a valid point.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I think the point was over shadowed by the gun and Hostage taking and yes he was stupid. He changed nothing except now he is dead everything else is the same. Yeah there are a lot people in the world and unless they start firing nukes or a Plague comes nothing is going to stop it.

      September 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MashaSobaka

    Best wishes for a peaceful weekend and a full recovery for all involved.

    September 5, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sean Webb

    People who work in television work nights, weekends and holidays. Modern broadcasting runs 24 hours each day every day of the week all year long. When you run several channels out of one facility you can't just shut it down indefinitely. They would quickly go out of business.

    I want to wish all of the staff at Discovery all the best.

    September 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny Leonard

      Sean, the Discovery Communications building is not the place from where the shows air or are made. It's the corporate headquarters where the producers works, along with the consumer products, the web folks, the ad sales people, etc. Outside production companies contract with DCI to create the programming that you see.

      September 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Duhhhhhhh

    @Apoc obviously you haven't watched Shark Week As they've always had at least one or two new shows everyday of Shark week, every year since it started. What a dork... you've definitely jumped the Shark, or missed the jump and have fallen in the water,,,, ......

    September 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. r.a.

    Nice... give the employees the holiday weekend off. Do they usually NOT get holiday weekends off?

    September 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mr.mark

    Yes, we'd like you to heal... but be here by 9:00 AM on Tuesday, no excuses.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Apoc

    Shark week is a waste of time, they show the same shows a year later. Nothing new about sharks, same The only thing new about shark week are the annoying commercials telling us about shark week.

    September 4, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark Week.... Again? ZZZZZZZZ

      Speaking of Shark Week, every year a gigantic, inflatable shark is affixed to the building to "celebrate" shark week. It basically looks like the tail is hanging out of one end of the building, the head out the opposite end, and fins on either side- like it's stuck into the building. It was up this year until just a week or two ago. It would have been kind of funny if there was all this news footage of the building with a giant shark sticking out of it.

      September 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LinWo

      I have a whole album on my Facebook of the shark this year, and now one of pics i took outside during the hostage thingy. It looks like Shark Week fueled the rage. haha

      September 6, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. monkey

    I blame all of this on Shark Week.

    September 4, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Wicked

      I know, right! When I found out, I was like.. "Please tell me its because of Shark Week." Imagine my disappointment when I found out he went to the wrong station.

      September 4, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. portalpunk

    now Bravo can do a show on the Discovery Channel

    September 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |

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