Connie Chung’s farewell performance on MSNBC has struck a sour note across America

Former news anchor Connie Chung is finally talking about her musical departure from the MSNBC show in which she performed an eye-opening, ear-shattering solo rendition of “Thanks for the Memories” with her own lyrics.

“I’ve been doing these songs for years,” Chung told Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

“Really! That’s even more disturbing,” responded Leno.

“I was doing them at events – you know birthdays, retirements, things like that,” said Chung. “And the deal is that I can sing perfectly off key. Guaranteed off key. And it also makes my husband really cringe.”

Adorned in an evening gown and arm-length white gloves, Chung, at times lying atop a grand piano, voiced a painful-to-listen-to farewell from “Weekends with Maury & Connie.”

Chung’s lyrical version included:

Thanks for the memories
We came to do a show for very little dough
By little, I mean I could make more working on skid row
That’s cable TV.

Thanks for the memories
This half a year flew by
That Maury, what a guy
Instead of asking: Who’s the daddy? He could talk Dubai
How stunned were we all

Thanks for the memories
The thing I love the most
About hubby as co-host
Is all those other anchors were as dull as melba toast
The sparks really flew

Thanks for the memories
Now that the show is through
I’ve got bigger things to do
But Maury is back weighing in:
Fat babies, how taboo!
He can’t get enough.

(Click here to see Connie Chung’s performance.) reviewer Daniel Kurtzman proclaimed, “The competition is over. Connie Chung is officially the worst singer in the world.”

On Leno’s program, Chung sometimes slurred her speech, as she explained, “People can separate serious journalism from having some fun, and I was just having some fun.”

Leno asked if Chung were surprised that more people watched her strange perfomance than ever watched her MSNBC show.

“I meant it as a private joke for our two viewers,” Chung said to hearty laughter from the studio audience. “The viewers knew, because [previously] we would take important issues and treat it with some humor. We did a lot of spoofs, so if you had been a regular viewer, you would have known this was a giant joke.”

“An assault on the sensibilities, you probably would say,” Leno responded. “I think you’re also the first network anchor, either male or female, to ever have their legs in the air.”

“I doubt it,” Chung said, to a roar of laughter.

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