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Matt Lauer responds to criticism over 'Today' interview with GM CEO Mary Barra

Matt Lauer is speaking out against criticism he received about an interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday’s Today show. Lauer was attacked on Twitter and online after asking Barra if she thought she could be both a good parent and a good CEO at the same time. Many thought this was an anti-feminist perspective, but the morning show anchor took to his Facebook page to clarify his questioning and that he would have asked a man the same thing.

Referencing a Forbes magazine interview in which Barra stated she had to miss her son’s junior prom after being appointed the first female CEO of a major American automotive company, Lauer wrote, “It’s an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing. A couple weeks ago, we did a series on ‘Modern Dads’ and the challenges of fatherhood today. Work-life balance was one of our focuses. It’s an important topic, one that I’m familiar with personally, and I hope we can continue the discussion.”

Something that seems to be left out in all the discussion however is that the actual interview revealed that more recalls from General Motors are a possibility for the future.

'Today' host Savannah Guthrie announces pregnancy on air -- VIDEO

Today anchor Savannah Guthrie couldn’t take a break from the news even during her own wedding: She and her now-husband Mike Feldman announced her pregnancy this weekend at their Arizona wedding, and she again shared the news on this morning’s Today show.

“We are four months pregnant,” Guthrie announces in a clip filmed at the wedding after being introduced by the NBC News Special Report theme music. The crowd at the reception gives the couple a standing ovation and cheers — is this what every pregnancy announcement is like?

“I’m so happy to tell the world,” Guthrie says on the show, “because I can’t suck in this gut anymore.”

Check out the Today clip below:

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Tamron Hall named co-host of 'Today Show' third hour

The Today Show family just got a little bigger.

Tamron Hall has been named co-host of Today’s Take, the 9 a.m. hour of the show, for which she will join current hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales, and Willie Geist. Hall’s new role was announced on The Today Show this morning.

“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the Today family,” executive producer Don Nash said in a press release. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”

Most Today fans will already recognize Hall, as she’s been a go-to fill-in for the show. Hall also anchors MSNBC’s NewsNation.

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Sarah Palin cancels 'Today' interview over Martin Bashir's comments

An NBC News source confirms that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is nixing a planned sitdown with Matt Lauer, which was to air on an upcoming episode of Today. The source adds that NBC is hoping to reschedule the interview.

According to the former governor’s Fox News colleague Howard Kurtz, Palin is still incensed about recent comments made by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir — who said Friday that Palin deserves to be defecated on for comparing the national debt to human slavery. (Bashir apologized for his “wholly unacceptable” remarks on Monday, calling them shameful, inaccurate, and “unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.)

While MSNBC suspended Up Late host Alec Baldwin after the actor shouted a gay slur at a photographer last week, it has taken no disciplinary action against Bashir — even though the latter host’s inflammatory statement was made on air.

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Hoda Kotb signs new deal to stay with NBC

Fans of Today‘s boozy fourth hour can breathe a little easier this morning: A source confirms to EW that Hoda Kotb has inked a new, multi-year deal with NBC News. The contract has Kotb staying on as co-host of the morning show’s concluding segment with Kathie Lee Gifford; she will continue contributing to NBC News’s other programs as well.

Earlier this year, it seemed as though Kotb was preparing to jump ship. EW reported that the anchor was taking meetings with other studios, signifying that she was considering leaving NBC. And according to Capital New York, Kotb was “hotly pursued” by ABC over the summer; NBC’s rival allegedly wanted her to join the panel on The View, which will undergo another major shakeup when Barbara Walters steps down in May 2014.

Kotb has had a presence on NBC since joining Dateline as a correspondent in 1998. She’s been co-hosting Today‘s fourth hour since the segment launched in 2007.

'Today' hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker to receive prostate exams live on air

Matt Lauer and Al Roker have done their fair share of hands-on reporting as longtime anchors of Today — and on Thursday they’ll add getting prostate exams live on the air to that list.

By having the two male hosts undergo a prostate exam, the morning show, which is also supporting the men’s health initiative No Shave November this month,  is hoping to recreate the success it saw when former co-host Katie Couric went through a colonoscopy procedure on-air back in 2000.  Nearly 6.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Couric’s live colonoscopy in March 2000.

Following the procedure administered by a doctor on set, Roker and Lauer will discuss the importance of prostate screening for men over 40.

'Today' debuts sunny new logo

Ch-ch-changes!

On Monday, Sept. 16, Today will debut an all-new look for its home studio — featuring a big orange couch — as well as its new “Orange Room,” a social media space slash Carson Daly pen. And earlier this morning, the veteran program revealed that its logo has also been given a face lift: The trademark sunburst is now a uniform orange, reflecting Today‘s revamped design sensibility. Check out the new version below — but be careful not to look directly at it.

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Carson Daly joins 'Today' show

Just call him Carson Twice-Daly.

The host of NBC’s Last Call — which airs weeknights at 1:35 a.m. Eastern — just snagged himself a morning job. Today has announced that on Sept. 16, Daly will join the show permanently as “the host of our brand new Orange Room,” a sort of digital/social media lounge that “connects the show and the audience like never before.”

In other words: He is to Today as Christina Milian is (was?) to The Voice.

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Seth Meyers will return to 'SNL' this fall, leave for 'Late Night' in 2014

Who will replace Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk? We’ll have to wait at least until January to find out. Meyers explained on the Today show this morning that he plans to return to SNL this fall, continuing to anchor Update through the end of 2013.

“I just am nowhere near emotionally ready for Saturday to be my last show,” the comic explained to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in a voice that sounded choked with emotion. (In reality, Meyers is just nursing a particularly nasty cold.) SNL‘s most devoted fans probably feel the same way, especially if Saturday marks the exit of Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis as well as Bill Hader — the only cast member who is confirmed to be leaving the show.

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'Today' show drama focus of NYT report; NBC responds

Everyone recalls Ann Curry’s teary departure from the Today show last summer — a culmination of weeks of rumors, and, it was later revealed, months of planning. And now a New York Times Magazine report released Thursday dives deep into the behind-the-scenes drama that led to her ousting and characterizes the morning show’s work environment as mean-spirited and filled with calculating moves.

For its part, a representative for the NBC show says: “We are focused on covering several major news stories this week and producing the best show we can for our viewers, not on year-old gossip.”

You can read the Times story in full here; the report is adapted from NYT media reporter Brian Stelter’s upcoming book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

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Scarlett Johansson talks about the weather on 'Today' -- VIDEO

Scarlett Johansson’s normal neck of the woods may be Hollywood, but the star must have been looking to try something new when she was in New York City.

The actress stopped by the Today show this morning to promote her new film Hitchcock, but the talk soon turned to the weather. After learning that Al Roker was suffering from laryngitis, Johansson volunteered to take the reins. “I have a lot of experience with weather, yes,” Johansson said when questioned by Matt Lauer if she was ready for the job. “This is my dream come true.”

Later, Johansson joined the co-hosts on the plaza and the consummate performer delivered the weather forecast complete with gestures to a map (even if her locations were a little bit off!) and ended her debut as a weatherwoman with a jazz-hand pose and a kick.

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Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Joel to headline NBC's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Tomorrow, NBC Universal’s TV networks — including NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E!, Style Network, and G4, among others — will air a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The special will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will feature performances by artists with connections to the disaster or NBC, including New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, native New Yorker Billy Joel, New York City resident Sting, and Christina Aguilera, a coach on NBC’s The Voice.

Today‘s Matt Lauer, who revealed plans for the commercial-free concert on the air this morning, will host. NBC talent Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon will appear as well. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter, and other assistance to those affected by the hurricane.

“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will also stream live on NBC.com. Watch Lauer announce the concert in the video below.

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NBC says Al Roker quip wasn't about Ann Curry

The Today show says Al Roker and Matt Lauer have jokingly bantered about throwing someone “under the bus” at least 27 times over the past two years.

Why does that matter? Because the most recent time Roker said it, on Thursday, it was widely interpreted as a dig against his own show for the way it removed co-host Ann Curry less than two months ago.

Lauer was speaking with members of the U.S. women’s rowing team and its tradition of throwing the coxswain in the water after winning a race, and he joked that in New York it would mean a toss into the Hudson River. Roker said it was different than Today tradition, “which is to throw one of us under the bus.”

Roker’s colleagues appeared taken aback, but spokeswoman Megan Kopf said it was not a reference to Curry, pointing to the frequency of “under the bus” banter.

Related:
Official: Savannah Guthrie replaces Ann Curry on ‘Today’
Online petition begs NBC to keep Ann Curry

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