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"Mad Money's" one-year anniversary

March 15, 2006

Jim Cramer celebrated the one-year anniversary of his CNBC show “Mad Money” in which he screams and prances around the set and tells viewers what stocks to buy and what stocks to sell with a special Tuesday night show.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, who writes the Dealbook on the New York Times web site, critiqued the show and noted that Cramer made a bigger caricature out of himself than he normally does.

Andrew Ross SorkinWrote Sorkin, “With confetti and balloons falling from the ceiling, Mr. Cramer declared, ‘Happy anniversary to me! Tonight’s show is all about me!’ That theme continued throughout the entire show as he mentioned ‘it’s obvious that I’m loved’ and ‘I got a lot more famous.’ He told viewers, ‘Really this show is about you, except actually it is about me.’

“At one point, holding fistfuls of fake $100 bills that he would throw up in the air and at the camera, he said, ‘I don’t want to spend the whole show basking in my own self congratulations, although considering how much self loathing I had before the show began, maybe it would be warranted.'”

Read Sorkin’s review here, and take special note of the reader comments at the end.

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