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Giuliana Rancic Has Breast Cancer

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 9:05AM
Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic stunned the 'Today' show this morning by announcing on air that she has breast cancer.

She sat down with host Ann Curry and revealed that a tumor was discovered when she had a mammogram as part of her ongoing IVF treatment.

"Through my attempt to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer," she said. "It's been a shock."

However, Rancic said that the prognosis is good. She will undergo surgery this week and then have six weeks of radiation therapy.

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Ann Curry to Interview 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman and Children on 'Today'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 7th 2011 8:00AM
Nadya SulemanNBC has announced that Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. "Octomom," will take part in her first-ever live TV interview Friday morning. Suleman will sit down with Ann Curry on NBC's 'Today' together with her two-year old octuplets and her two oldest children.

'Today' will also air Suleman's first at-home TV intervew since the octuplets were babies. The mom of 14 gave Amy Robach an up-close look into her La Habra, Ca. home, which has visibly deteriorated, and revealed what life is like in the house.

Portions of Robach's interview will air Thursday morning, with the full interview airing Friday. The much-critcized single mother told Robach, "I don't want to undo 14 kids. I love every single one of my children. I will for the rest of my life. I will die for them."

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President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt Lauer (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:00PM
President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt LauerBarack Obama appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) to talk a little college basketball with Matt Lauer. There, it was revealed that the President had picked none of the Final Four teams correctly.

"How's your bracket look?" Lauer asked Obama. Obama replied, "It is completely blown up ... It is a sign that I was paying singular focus on heath care." "That's your excuse and you're sticking with it?" asked Lauer.

Since Obama's college basketball picks have all lost, Lauer asked the President for his revised choice for the team that will win it all. Obama's choice? West Virginia. Changing your college picks in the middle of the tournament? Is this what was meant by "Change You Can Believe In?"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Natalie Morales Rides a Dragon on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 26th 2010 4:29PM
Let's face it. We all want to learn how to ride dragons. But so few of us ever get the chance. But on the most recent episode of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), correspondent Natalie Morales got to live out all our dreams, riding on top of an enormous replica of a dragon from the new film 'How to Train Your Dragon.'

So what is the experience of riding a huge dragon actually like? According to Morales, "I feel like I'm on one of those little kids' rides. You know; you put the quarter in and go." Excellent. And thank you, Natalie, for living out all of our nerd fantasies for us.

Watch the video after the jump.

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James Spader Has No Qualms About Playing a Fairy (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:52PM
James Spader Considers Playing a FairyOn Friday's 'The Today Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), James Spader discussed the difficult casting decisions that all actors must face. He's currently on Broadway in David Mamet's 'Race,' about three attorneys offered the chance to defend a black man against a white woman.

Not one to let a serious matter stop her, host Kathie Lee Gifford asked Spader "Then why didn't you want to play like a little fairy in 'Midsummer Night's Dream' as opposed to being a lawyer again?"

Spader seemed surprisingly on board with the idea of playing a fairy, even suggesting that his character in 'Race' could sprout wings. As the segment progressed, it had the most uses of the word "fairy-- without any sexual innuendo attached to it -- that you've ever heard.

Watch the video after the jump.

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And So It Begins: 'Today's' Annoying Olympics Coverage

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:29PM
Roker and Lauer on the two-man luge at the 2006 Torino OlympicsAlthough I'm generally a 'Today' show loyalist, for the next two weeks, I'm going to be a 'Good Morning America' fan.

Why? Three words: The Winter Olympics.

Every two years, since NBC started carrying the Olympics, they turn their top-rated morning news show into essentially the Games' morning recap show. Sure, you still get that first half hour of pure news, but after that, the show becomes all-Olympics, all the time, from examining the personal stories of the athletes, to travelogues about whatever exotic locale the Games are in that year, to deep, 'SportsCenter'-like examination of the previous night's results.

But that's not the part that annoys me the most. When the hosts go out and try to do the Olympic sports themselves, the cringe factor goes up exponentially. Especially when Matt Lauer and Al Roker are involved.

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New Kids on the Block Talk Comeback (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 29th 2010 3:30PM
New Kids on the Block talk Comeback on 'The Today Show' The New Kids on the Block are back! They appeared on 'The Today Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) to talk about their career and comeback, noting that it wasn't all that hard to step away from the spotlight way back when. "We wanted to kind of get away from it," said Joey McIntyre. "It was so intense for four, five years when we were young kids, that it was just natural to go away and kind of say, 'alright, 'what do I want to do with my life?'"

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Queen Latifah Says She'll Adopt Four Haitian Babies (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 21st 2010 5:00PM
Queen Latifah, Haitian Babies, The Today ShowQueen Latifah is passionate about helping Haitians hit by the devastating earthquake. In fact, she says she's ready, willing and able to adopt some Haitian babies right away.

"I wanna just go get some of those babies," she told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on 'The Today Show.' "I got two arms. I can handle at least two. I throw a third in the backpack and one in the front, we can just wrap it in some swaddlin' cloth right here. Gimmee four."

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Curtis Stone: The Chef Who's About to Take Over Your TV

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Oct 27th 2009 1:30PM
In 2010, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen will compete against Curtis Stone for the most ubiquitous face in TV food.

Over the next year, the Australia-born, London-trained chef, cookbook author and media personality is set to invade your boob tube on a boatload of shows, including 'Losing It With Jillian,' which NBC has spun off from 'The Biggest Loser' to showcase uber-trainer Jillian Michaels. Stone will provide better-eating advice for families while Michaels whips them into shape.

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Balloon Boy Falcon Heene Throws Up on the 'Today' Show

by Patricia Chui, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:15PM
Falcon HeeneThe Heene family has been caught up in a media frenzy ever since it was reported that six-year-old Falcon Heene, aka "Balloon Boy," had possibly climbed into a large, homemade helium balloon and been carried away in it. The world watched, fascinated and horrified, as the balloon was brought down without Falcon inside -- but then it turned out the boy was hiding in the attic the whole time.

What sparked rumors of a hoax was Falcon's piping up on 'Larry King Live' that "we did this for a show." Attempting to explain his son's comments this morning on the 'Today' show, Richard Heene got his second shock in two days ... when little Falcon threw up all over him.

Was he stressed out, does he have the flu, or is he still airsick? Looks like there may be still more to come on the Heene family / Balloon Boy story. Watch the clip from Morning Rush after the jump -- but not after you've eaten your lunch.

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Ann Curry is so... Ann Curry-ish

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 15th 2009 8:24PM
Meredith Viera / Ann Curry
NBC just sent me a series of photos showing the interviews that will be conducted during the network's "A Woman's Nation" series. As part of the series, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC personalities will interview each other about "the state of women in American life," as the accompanying press release has stated.

In most of the pics, the pairs -- Andrea Mitchell/Rachel Maddow, Kathie Lee Gifford/Jenna Bush Hager, Mika Brzezinski/Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales/Suze Orman -- sit on the comfy chairs, legs crossed. As you can see from the pic above, Ann Curry, who's paired up with Meredith Vieira, wants to be different: shoes off, feet tucked under her rear end. She's really into this conversation, know what I mean? She's listening. She's comfortable.

It's so Ann Curry, isn't it?

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The Beatles Rock Band creates another British invasion on my TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 11th 2009 5:03PM
The Beatles Rock Band
The Beatles Rock Band
video game came out yesterday. The only way you couldn't have known that is if you took your head off your neck, preserved all of the necessary blood vessels and spine connections, and then placed said head (heh) in cryogenic storage for the last two days.

That's because my TV was filled with not just advertisements, but personal appearances, morning show demos, and even news stories about the release of the game.

Even Jesus doesn't get this much attention in the media. Oh crap.

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Jenna Hager (nee Bush) to join The Today Show

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 30th 2009 6:00PM
Jenna HagerJenna Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be joining the Today show as a part-time correspondent on issues such as education. Hopefully this won't interfere with her other job as a schoolteacher in Maryland. Since the job is only slated for about once a month, I don't think her second job will interfere with her day job quite as much as my second job as a freelance writer interferes with mine.

I just wonder if Jenna's lineage has anything to do with this new part-time job of hers. Granted she's authored two books by the age of 27, but I have to ask if anybody with a little more experience could have taken the Today show job.

Of course this could turn into a full-time gig for her which means she would have to quit her teaching job and kiss her tenure goodbye (unless she returned to teaching later on and started all over again). How would she survive if that happened? Oh yeah, she's a Bush.

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Al Roker joins The Weather Channel

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 30th 2009 7:35AM
Al RokerHere's a move that I'm surprised nobody thought of earlier. Iconic television weatherman Al Roker will be getting his own show on, get this, The Weather Channel. Wake Up With Al will air at 6 a.m. on weekday mornings and will be co-hosted by Stephanie Abrams. Al will be also continuing his duties on The Today Show.

In the standard workday, it's not unusual to find yourself discussing the weather with co-workers. It's a nice, harmless topic that everyone cares about to some degree. However, to dedicate an entire morning show to it seems excessive (mind you, I feel the same about an entire channel dedicated to it). On the other hand, if you're going to have a host of such a show, the natural choice is Al Roker.

Despite this achievement, I have no plans to consider Al as a serious journalist. Perhaps at some point he can get Mother Nature to appear on his show for an interview and discuss her infidelity with Father Time.

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Matt Lauer takes a tumble

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2009 11:04AM
Matt Lauer TodayIf you tuned in to Today this morning expecting to see Matt Lauer, you were disappointed. But Matt wasn't off on another world wind tour of Asia or South America or the Baja Peninsula.

No, the intrepid NBC host had a serious bike accident which sent him flying over the handlebars. According to co-host Meredith Vieira, Matt was biking at his Long Island home over the weekend when he had a run-in with a deer!

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