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Katie Couric, Matt Lauer to Reunite on 'Today'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 11th 2011 11:30AM
Katie Couric, Matt LauerKatie Couric and Matt Lauer will reunite when the 'CBS Evening News' anchor drops by her old stomping grounds at the 'Today' show to promote her new book on Wednesday morning.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric will chat with Lauer about her book, 'The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives,' which comes out tomorrow.

Beyond their mini-reunion Wednesday, Couric and Lauer could form a long-lasting partnership again. The New York Times is reporting that Couric could recruit Lauer for the syndicated talk show she'll almost certainly start up after she leaves her current anchor post when her contract expires in a few months.

A rep for NBC's 'Today' told AOL TV, "There have been a lot of rumors and speculation circulating through the press, and we'd prefer not to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer is under contract with NBC News for a long time."

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Matt Lauer Leaving 'Today': Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 6th 2011 5:50PM
Matt LauerFirst Meredith Vieira, now Matt Lauer. Reports are surfacing that the longtime anchor will soon leave NBC's 'Today.'

According to 'Entertainment Tonight,' Lauer will leave the top-rated daytime show when his contract is up. However, don't panic just yet -- Lauer's under contract until Dec. 31, 2012.

NBC issued the following statement to the New York Post regarding the possible departure of both of 'Today''s anchors: "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer has a long-term contract with NBC News and 'Today.'"

Lauer has spent 13 years in the co-anchor seat, but he's been with 'Today' since 1994.

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Why Ann Curry Should Be Named the Next 'Today' Anchor ... and Why She Might Not Be

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 6th 2011 4:00PM
Ann CurryOver the years, I've spilled a fair amount of pixels in this space poking fun at Ann Curry. By all accounts, though, she's a top journalist and an overall good egg. One thing she's been over everything else is loyal: She's been in the newsreader role on 'Today' since 1997, and stayed with the no. 1 morning show after she was passed over in favor of Meredith Vieira five years ago.

Now, with word that Vieira and Lauer are likely leaving 'Today' when her contract ends in September, it's time to give Ann Curry the opportunity to anchor the show on a permanent basis, and not just for the 14-year apprenticeship she's put in as the newsreader. It's the smartest move for NBC to make in order to keep the show at the top of the heap.

Of course, now that we've given her the job ... does she want it? Some of the things she's said and done in the past make me wonder. More on that -- and some speculation on who else might get the job -- after the jump.

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Meredith Vieira Likely Leaving 'Today' In September

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 5th 2011 5:40PM
Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira will most likely step down as co-anchor of 'Today' when her contract expires in September, according to a new report from TV Guide.

Vieira is apparently "beloved" by the 'Today' cast and crew, but a combination of long, tiring hours and personal struggles (her husband is battling multiple sclerosis and cancer) are likely the reason why she'd leave. Vieira would only sign a one-year deal when her contract expired last year, and has been open about her husband's health problems.

However, NBC doesn't want to see her go. "NBC is doing everything they can to convince her to stay," an insider told TV Guide.

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Did ABC Wait Too Long to Air Their Charlie Sheen Interview?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 1st 2011 12:00PM
Andrea Canning talks to Charlie Sheen on 20/20 on March 1, 2011
At some point on Saturday evening, the folks at ABC News must have been feeling very proud of themselves.

Andrea Canning had just spent the day with Charlie Sheen, the first television reporter to do an extensive video with the actor since he let loose with various tirades on the radio and TMZ, causing CBS and the producers of 'Two and a Half Men' to shut things down for the season. ABC made the big announcement, calling it 'The First Interview,' and planned to debut it on 'Good Morning America' this morning, followed by a big splashy '20/20' special tonight.

It may have been the first television interview Sheen gave, but it sure as heck wouldn't be the last.

The folks at the Alphabet Net got scooped, then scooped again, and then scooped yet again. But the way the network has been reacting to these scoops makes us wonder if they think that it's still 1991 instead of 2011.

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Charlie Sheen Spoils ABC's 'Exclusive' by Talking to NBC's 'Today'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 28th 2011 8:08AM
Charlie SheenLast week radio listeners got more than an earful of Charlie Sheen's rantings and ravings, and now TV viewers can also get in on the act.

It's been reported that the 'Two and a Half Men' star caused even more controversy over the weekend by giving interviews to not one but two TV networks, with the each racing the other to be the first to air this morning.

First, he sat down Saturday with ABC's Andrea Canning, in what the network said was "an exclusive" interview. ABC ran promos for it during last night's Oscars telecast, and planned to air the interview in segments of 'Good Morning America' Monday and Tuesday, with a one-hour special Tuesday night at 10PM ET.

But then he gave another interview, this time to NBC's Jeff Rossen, on Sunday. And in a move that The Hollywood Reporter says resulted in "apoplexy" over at ABC News, the rival network said it will air the interview during early segments of this morning's 'Today' show.

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Hoda and Kathie Lee Fail a Sex Trivia Game (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 21st 2011 5:10PM
Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford Fail Sex TriviaOn the last hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford competed in a game that purported to test their sex IQs. One question: When trying to conceive, how many times does the average couple have sex before getting pregnant? Multiple choice answers ranged from three times to 104.

"To me, it's three," Gifford said. Nope. Kotb guessed (wrongly) 52. The answer was 104. "Then how did I get pregnant?!" replied Gifford.

Another question: What percentage of people have admitted to fooling around while driving? Choices ranged from 7 to 33 percent. "Thirty-three percent!" Gifford shouted with confidence. Wrong again. (It's 15 percent.)

With no clear winner, they were instructed to divide the gift-basket prize. Gifford grabbed the bottle of wine from it and said, "That's all I want." Yeah, we know.

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Glenn Beck Defends Some of His Controversial Statements as 'Comedy' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 19th 2011 1:25PM

During Glenn Beck's appearance on 'Today' (weekdays, 7 AM ET on NBC), co-host Meredith Vieira asked him if he regrets some of the controversial statements he's made in the past, given the recent national debate over heated political rhetoric.

"Anything that I've said in jokes, no," Beck responded.

"Ask Jon Stewart that question," Beck repeated, when Vieira pushed him to clarify. "Ask 'The Simpsons' ... If you ask the questions to those guys, I think you'll get the same answer: Comedy is comedy."

Beck has an interesting point here. Some (but not all) of his oft-repeated controversial statements were made in jest, and elements of his cable news program are intentionally comedic.

Perhaps the difference between what Beck and Stewart do is that Beck has a serious show that dabbles in comedy, whereas Stewart has a comedic show which dabbles in seriousness. Nevertheless, because of folks like Beck and Stewart, the line between comedy and journalism has become increasingly blurred when it comes to political discourse.

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Jimmy Fallon Turns Hoda's Flo Rida Karaoke Into 'West Side Story' Danceparty on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:45PM
Jimmy Fallon dances 'West Side Story' to Flo Rida on 'Today'The "iHoda Playlist" segment on 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) is supposed to be a karaoke singalong featuring Hoda's favorite songs. But when Jimmy Fallon subbed for Kathie Lee Gifford today, he turned it into something else entirely.

Hoda introduced the song 'Who Dat Girl' by Flo Rida featuring Akon. But when she began awkwardly dancing to the song, shaking her hands up and down and snapping her fingers, Fallon couldn't help himself.

Fallon cracked up and mimmicked her seated snapping, asking "Are we going to get into 'West Side Story?'" He then launched into the 'Jet Song' from that musical, singing, "Once you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..." and got out of his chair and broke out some Jerome Robbins-influenced choreography.

He made it back to the desk in time for the chorus of the Flo Rida song, but by then Hoda had lost the thread completely.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Explain How the Alcohol Started Flowing on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 29th 2010 12:25PM
Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford, 'Today'At last, the secret stands revealed! And we didn't even have to buy a special Blu-Ray set of the best of the 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) show's fourth hour, complete with a set of wine glasses to start off your morning right. Instead, Kathie Lee Gifford just abruptly announced that for year-end, they should reveal the genesis of the booze on the set of the fourth hour.

"People do ask us that more than anything," co-host Hoda Kotb admitted. Could they have been, perhaps, following our own TVR Awards?

"And it's been blown out of proportion," Gifford added, no doubt referencing at least in part the various skits of them performed on 'Saturday Night Live.' Ironically, if you watched Gifford throughout this explanation, it didn't look like Kristen Wiig was exaggerating those facial expressions as much as we might have thought in her 'SNL' parody.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Can't Stop Talking About Balls on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 28th 2010 1:01PM
Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford, 'Today'The women of the fourth hour of 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) have become notorious for boozing it up and getting a little silly from time to time. So when co-host Kathie Lee Gifford dipped into a bowl of lamb meatballs, we had a feeling they wouldn't be able to get through the segment without a few giggle fits and off-color jokes.

"I was starving," Gifford said, "So I tasted one and I said, 'Can I have an entire bowl of balls, please?'"

"You could eat these balls all day long," Hoda Kotb agreed.

"I'm so into the balls."

Kotb then related a story from earlier in her career when a friend of hers was doing a live shot at a Mardi Gras ball. The line he said that had the entire newsroom "busting out" was, "They're going to hold their balls here."

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Julian Assange Expects The United States to Charge Him With Espionage (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 6:50PM
Appearing on 'Today' (weekdays 7 AM ET NBC) WikiLeaks President Julian Assange told Matt Lauer that he believes "there is something like an espionage indictment being made secretly against me in the United States."

Lauer then suggested the indictment may be related to allegations that Assange didn't just receive stolen information from Bradley Manning -- the American soldier who has been arrested for passing on classified material to WikiLeaks -- but that Assange also gave Manning software which aided in his theft.

"I have no information about what you are referring to. We don't know what the grounds of that investigation is. In fact, like the Swedish investigation (for sexual assault of two women), the whole damn thing is kept secret."

Hearing Assange complain about being kept in the dark must surely have amused the world leaders and government officials whose secrets Assange has brought into the light.

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Angelina Jolie Doesn't Think She's That Interesting (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:30PM
Angelina Jolie says she doesn't think she's that interesting on 'Today'Angelina Jolie lives a fairly boring, mundane life. At least that's what she told Matt Lauer on the 'Today Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Jolie, whose every move is tracked in the tabloid media, painted herself as a homebody who doesn't really understand why she's the focus of so much attention.

Lauer opened the discussion by saying, "You must sit home sometimes in your pajamas with curlers in your hair and say, 'What is it about me that they find so fascinating?'"

"I do the same thing every day in my natural life," she told Lauer, "I wear the same thing every day. I don't go out," Jolie replied.

Lauer then asked if all the media scrutiny was merely a phase. "I just assume the older I get the more it will go away," she said.

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Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal Discuss the Complexities of Filming Nude Scenes (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 18th 2010 1:51PM
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Today'If you have a talk show and haven't yet asked Jake Gyllenhaal and/or Anne Hathaway about the nude scenes in their new film, 'Love & Other Drugs,' then you are falling way behind. Meredith Vieira took her turn this morning on 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) and asked both stars about a scene in the trailer where Hathaway enters Gyllenhaal's apartment and drops her coat, revealing that she's naked to both Gyllenhaal and his surprised roommate.

Hathaway proceeded to tell a funny story about a surprise that happened while filming that scene on set. Hathaway entered the room, dropped her coat, and only then realized they were just rehearsing. "All of a sudden I notice that Jake is in his pants, Josh isn't wearing his costume, and I realize, we're rehearsing."

Gyllenhaal and Hathaway said they have both made their peace with occasional on-screen nudity being a part of their jobs. Gyllenhaal mentioned that the pair had already filmed a love scene together in 'Brokeback Mountain,' which eased the awkwardness this time around.

We can also report, with some degree of certainty, that everyone in the movie was probably at least partially naked when getting dressed in their trailers before the shoot.

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The Situation Talks Love and Sex on 'Today Show' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2010 1:00PM
The SituationMike "The Situation" Sorrentino hit the 'Today Show' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) and was faced with hard questions from Hoda and Kathie Lee.

Hoda took The Situation to task about the use of the word "grenade" to describe a woman -- turns out a "grenade" can be a pretty girl with a bad personality, not just somebody he deems unattractive -- and his revolving door policy with women.

The Situation defended his dating style. "Like I said, I'm single ... I'm looking for the right one right now ... I just happen to go through them a little bit quicker than everybody else."

"Go to church, you might find her there," Kathie Lee said.

The Situation went on to tell the women about his philosophy on love and destiny, having intercourse while drunk and participating in safe sex. "Either wrap it up or don't do it at all," he said.

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