Move over "teachable moment," "death panel," "You lie! and "Imma let you finish"—it's possible that My Fox NY anchor Ernie Anastos' unwitting catch phrase has caught fire! Hell, it might even be the catch phrase of the century! At first, the veteran local newsman's utterance "Keep fucking that chicken!" was limited to the local airwaves, but thank God for the Internet. (And screw the "maybe he meant 'keep plucking that chicken'" because that's just not fun.) Now it's gone national (cable)—on last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart led off with a couple minutes dedicated to it:

My Fox NY/Channel 5 vice president Lew Leone issued a statement, "We are disappointed with Ernie's comment on the air Thursday night," and later on, Anastos said on air, "I misspoke during Thursday night's newscast. I apologize for my remarks to anyone who may have been offended." A staffer told the Daily News, "Everybody likes Ernie, and knows he would never say that on the air. Nobody has a bad word to say about Ernie. He's revered at the station."

After the jump: Remember South Park's take on loving chickens?