MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be getting used to early hours as the new host of the network’s Way Too Early program. READ FULL STORY
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Willie Geist was officially appointed co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today this morning.
Geist, who regularly filled in for Matt Lauer this year, is currently the host of the 5:30 a.m. newscast Way Too Early and a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe from 6 to 9 a.m. (Geist will continue co-hosting the first hour of Joe.) READ FULL STORY
NBC took some heat Tuesday when the Today Show opted to stick with an interview with Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner rather than cut to the ceremony at Ground Zero to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. The network was the only major television outlet not to cover the moment of silence, but NBC defended its decision, pointing out to the New York Times that their editorial decision was consistent with their previous coverage of the anniversary and that no public apology was forthcoming.
Behind the scenes, however, the president of NBC News Steve Capus sent a memo to the network affiliates yesterday, apologizing for the fallout from the negative attention. According to the Times, it read:
“Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”
An NBC representative clarified to the Times that the memo should not be interpreted as an apology for the editorial decision to stick with Jenner over the moment of silence, but an acknowledgment that the affiliates had to weather such criticism as a result.
Watch the Today video from Tuesday below: READ FULL STORY
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