Though NBC fired Today‘s producer Jamie Horowitz on Monday, new details have reportedly shed some light on what lost him his job less than 10 weeks into his tenure at the show.
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Today may be struggling to regain its stronghold on the morning audience, but apparently NBC still believes that Matt Lauer is the one who can help it return to the winner’s circle: The New York Times is reporting that NBC has extended the veteran newsman’s contract by a number of years.
Speculation had been rampant that Lauer would hit the road once his current deal expires in the next few months — especially given both the ribbing he took during Ann Curry’s much-publicized departure as his co-anchor and Good Morning America’s meteoric rise to No. 1. Nevertheless, NBC extended Lauer’s contract by more than two years, the NYT says.
GMA remains the most-watched morning news program, though Today has been closing the gap of late.
“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”
Lauer began at Today in 1997 and holds the record as the longest-sitting Today anchor.
Lauer: You’re out. Vieira: You’re in.
The former Today anchor will make history Friday as the first solo woman ever to anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. She’ll be succeeding Matt Lauer, who first stepped in for ailing colleague Bob Costas earlier this week. (NBC says that though Costas’s eye infection has improved, he’s still “not quite ready to do the show.”)
“It’s so funny — I woke up this morning and I was feeling fine. And now my eyes are killing me,” Vieira joked on NBC’s morning show Friday. “I watched you guys [Lauer and Al Roker] attempt the luge. I think I’m going blind. And I’m really worried because I have to go prime time tonight.”
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.
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.
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.
After canceling on the Today show Friday morning citing ‘exhaustion,’ Paula Deen will return to the morning program for an interview this Wednesday, Matt Lauer announced today.
Deen, of course, is in hot water after admitting to saying racial slurs and other offensive comments in the past, things she admitted during a deposition for a civil suit against her and her brother from a former employee, which alleges that the former employee was sexually harassed and “worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.”
On Friday, The Food Network announced it would not be renewing her contract when it expires at the end of June.
Watch the Today segment — which recaps the fallout so far and highlights the support she has from many of her fans — below: READ FULL STORY
Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen skipped out on her scheduled Today appearance this morning, citing exhaustion, according to Matt Lauer. “We planned to have an exclusive live interview with Paula Deen this morning,” said Lauer. “She is in a difficult situation over her admission and sworn testimony she used racial slurs in the past. … We arranged an interview this morning. We agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview, only that it would be an open and candid exchange. … She got on a plane and arrived in New York City last night and then we started to hear from her people that she is exhausted.”
Lauer couldn’t help but punctuate the word “exhausted” with a trace of skepticism, and Al Roker jumped in to semi-shame Deen into changing her mind: “She has been on this show so many times. She’s a friend of this show and consider her a friend and hope she would reconsider, because she needs to address this.”
Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
An unidentified man in his 50s pulled a knife and began cutting his wrists and arms near the Rockefeller Plaza set of the Today show this morning, according to New York City Police. NBC security confronted and disarmed the man, and Matt Lauer reported on the air that the man was attempting to injure himself. Fortunately, no one else was injured.
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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