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NBC to Al Roker: Take It Down a Notch

NBC reportedly takes 'Today' weatherman to task for 'saying weird things'

(Newser) - Looks like NBC management wasn't as impressed with Al Roker's record-breaking 34-hour weathercasting marathon as the rest of the world. NBC brass recently held an "Al Roker intervention" to tell the Today show weatherman to tone it down and stick to deciphering the Doppler after a series... More »

NBC Cans Today Chief After 10 Weeks

Reasons behind Jamie Horowitz's exit unclear

(Newser) - The new head of the Today show joined the program only 10 weeks ago—sort of—and he's already been dropped, the New York Times reports. Jamie Horowitz and NBC News President Deborah Turness "have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit," Turness... More »

TV Host Wears Same Suit All Year, Makes Point

Karl Stefanovic says men aren't judged as harshly as women

(Newser) - An Aussie TV personality has worn the same suit on-air for a full year, and not because he likes the smell. Karl Stefanovic, a presenter on Australia's morning news show Today, says he kept wearing the blue Burberry knock-off to make a point: "No one has noticed; no... More »

Uzi Instructor's Family: We Feel 'Sorry' for the Girl

Family of Charles Vacca is sending prayers to unidentified girl

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor shot dead by a 9-year-old girl this week feels "sorry" for her and hopes she can learn to move on, the AP reports. "That's truly how we feel," said Anamarie Vacca, ex-wife of instructor Charles Vacca. "I know we'... More »

Today Show Staff: We Don't Want Katie Couric Back

Or Meredith Viera, for that matter: insider

(Newser) - With Today co-host Savannah Guthrie pregnant, execs are thinking of asking Katie Couric or Meredith Viera to return and fill in during Guthrie's maternity leave—and staffers aren't exactly welcoming either back with open arms. Staffers see the idea as "a disservice to [co-hosts] Natalie [Morales] and... More »

Kate Gosselin Upset With Girls After Awful Interview

Mady, Cara clam up on 'Today'

(Newser) - A Today show interview featuring Kate Gosselin and her two oldest kids got awkward very quickly yesterday when Cara and Mady, now 13, immediately clammed up. Mady answered the very first question with "Ummmm..." and a long silence, leading an apparently irritated Kate to interject, "Mady. Your... More »

Miley to Lauer: You're Too Old for Sex

Cyrus in awkward 'Today' show exchange

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus' Today interview this morning was pretty standard stuff ("This is just who I am," "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that happens," "I know who I am, and I know that I am an artist," etc.),... More »

Carson Daly's New Gig: Today

He officially joins morning show

(Newser) - Carson Daly is going from late-nights to early mornings. After months of fill-in appearances, Daly has officially joined the Today show. Newsy reports: More »

Innocent BBQ Joint Hit by Deen Fallout

Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q gets 'intense' messages

(Newser) - Leave Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q alone. It isn't the same Smithfield that dropped Paula Deen in the wake of her racism scandal . One is a small restaurant chain from Smithfield, NC. The other is a huge pork producer from Smithfield, Va. But that distinction hasn't stopped... More »

Paula Deen: 'I Is What I Is'

Defends herself on 'Today' show

(Newser) - In her much-anticipated Today show appearance this morning, Paula Deen told Matt Lauer she doesn't even know whether the N-word is offensive to black people. "I have asked myself that so many times," she explained before going on to blame kids these days. "I go into... More »

Kathie Lee Wants Everyone to Like Lauer Again

Pens open letter, gets entire 'Today' staff to sign

(Newser) - Things have not been great lately for Matt Lauer. Amid a press onslaught painting him as the bully who ousted Ann Curry from Today and rumors he might be on his way out , he at least has some pretty important people in his corner: his colleagues. Kathie Lee Gifford wrote... More »

NBC Wants Anderson Cooper in Lauer's Seat

Report hits as Lauer under fire for role in Curry exit

(Newser) - NBC must be kicking itself for giving Matt Lauer a $25 million-a-year contract. Top NBC executives recently approached Anderson Cooper about taking the embattled Today host's job this year, anonymous sources tell Deadline . Separately, they reached out to Lauer to get his blessing for the swap—but Lauer didn'... More »

Next for Matt Lauer: Jeopardy Host?

Rumors swirl that he's leaving 'Today'

(Newser) - Matt Lauer is not having a great week. A front-page story in the New York Times yesterday focused on the Today show's ratings troubles, and quoted staffers who think Lauer—whose popularity with viewers has been decreasing ever since the Ann Curry debacle —is on the way out.... More »

Slain Tourist's Kids Unaware of Her Death

Sarai Sierra's husband to tell them on return from Turkey

(Newser) - It's been all over the news, but Sarai Sierra's kids—boys ages nine and 11—still don't know their mother was found dead in Turkey , their grandmother tells the Today show. Their father is currently in Istanbul working alongside police to solve the killing. He's "... More »

2 Cops Hurt in Michelle Obama Motorcade Crash

But Michelle is OK, does 'Today' interview

(Newser) - Two motorcycle officers riding in Michelle Obama's motorcade escort were injured in a crash yesterday in Ohio, WBNS-10TV reports. Obama, who had just spoken at a university, was not injured, and details of the crash weren't known. The first lady then went on to Today , where she sat... More »

Kris Jenner 'Furious' Over Today 9/11 Fiasco

Plus, NBC News prez apologizes ... to affiliates

(Newser) - The nation is upset with the Today show over its choice to air an interview with Kris Jenner instead of the 9/11 moment of silence —but, perhaps more importantly, Kris Jenner is upset with the Today show. "She had no idea that she was speaking during the moment... More »

NBC Picks Kardashians Over Moment of Silence

It airs interview with Kris Jenner instead of cutting away

(Newser) - If you were watching cable or regular TV today at 8:46, chances are you looked on as the nation observed a moment of silence for the 9/11 attacks. Unless you were watching the Today show, of course, which opted to air an interview with Keeping Up With the Kardashians... More »

Latest Today Wrinkle: Savannah Towers Over Matt

NBC wants her to wear shorter heels, source claims

(Newser) - After much drama, Savannah Guthrie replaced Ann Curry as co-host of NBC's Today—but it may not all be smooth sailing yet. "Guthrie's height has become an issue," a source tells the New York Post . She's 5'10", but that shoots up to more than... More »

Savannah Guthrie Struck With Migraines

Ann Curry replacement told to wear dark glasses

(Newser) - Replacing Ann Curry has gotten Savanna Guthrie stressed out. The Today show co-host is suffering from head-splitting migraines barely a month into her new gig, sources say. “She goes to a doctor two days a week for treatment of the migraines, and is required to wear dark glasses... More »

Here's Why Ann Curry Really Got the Boot

Matt Lauer was '100%' behind it, says source

(Newser) - If you thought things seemed a little, well, cold between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on her final Today show appearance, there's good reason for that, a source tells Us Weekly : "Matt Lauer is 100% behind Ann leaving," the insider claims. There's not much in the... More »

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