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.
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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.
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.
Some highlights below: READ FULL STORY »
Hoda Kotb is exploring her career options.
EW has learned exclusively that the Today co-host is quietly meeting with studios and pitching herself for new hosting gigs, such as a daytime talk show. The moves could signal an upcoming exit from the NBC position that she’s held since 2007, or simply represent a savvy negotiation tactic — Kotb’s contract with Today expires this fall.
A source close to Kotb downplayed the odds of a fourth-hour shakeup and denied the co-host wants a new series: “Hoda loves her job at the Today show and adores everyone she works with on the show. Her contract is coming up and she’s just expanding relationships and having coffee with a few people.”
Given all the Today rumors, one certainly can’t blame Kotb for wanting to keep her options open. Most reports have centered on anchor Matt Lauer, with a recent report claiming CNN’s Anderson Cooper was approached about taking over his slot. NBC has denied that Lauer is leaving the show.
Kotb and her fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford have been the target of media speculation as well. Gifford has reportedly pushed to move the hour to Los Angeles to be closer to her kids, resulting in “tension” between the hosts. The show recently shot two weeks in L.A., but the co-hosts have dismissed the idea of a permanent relocation on the air.
Earlier today, Kotb, who is also an NBC News correspondent, and Gifford taped an episode celebrating their fifth anniversary of working together. The episode airs Friday. Today had no comment.
Here’s a recent Today segment that received plenty of online pickup, with Hoda and Gifford riffing for nearly 10 minutes about personal grooming “down there”: READ FULL STORY »
A top NBC News executive said Wednesday the network is not considering replacing Matt Lauer as anchor of the Today show despite reports that Anderson Cooper of CNN was approached about the job.
”Matt Lauer is the best in the business,” said Alex Wallace, a NBC News executive who oversees the Today show. “We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come.”
Wallace spoke after reports of a meeting with Cooper first appeared in Deadline Hollywood. The report was confirmed to The Associated Press by a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private and was not authorized to speak to the media. READ FULL STORY »
Following the awkward demotion of Ann Curry over the summer and the failure by Today to rebound in the ratings in the aftermath, NBC today announced another shakeup for the once-dominant morning show. Alexandra Wallace, executive producer of Rock Center With Brian Williams, will take over the reins (officially as Executive in Charge), becoming the first woman ever to steer the franchise. She quickly named veteran producer Don Nash to replace Jim Bell, who had been executive producer for seven years and reportedly was responsible for Curry’s ouster.
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.
Savannah Guthrie officially made her debut as the new co-anchor of the Today show this morning, replacing Ann Curry.
Matt Lauer welcomed her to the program, and reminded everyone that Guthrie had been with Today for several years, recently co-anchoring the third hour and serving as the chief legal correspondent. Guthrie told viewers –after the announcer repeated her name –that it was “a thrill and an honor to be here.”
Lauer said he was happy to have her around because Guthrie brings “a great attitude and what we like to call a weird sense of humor.”
Watch video of her debut below: READ FULL STORY »
UPDATED: Several hours after Savannah Guthrie took the spot next to Matt Lauer on Today Show this morning, NBC sent out an official announcement saying she will replace Ann Curry on the morning show team.
In a statement, NBC News President Steve Capus said Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will officially debut Monday, July 9, even though the entire team was there today. This morning’s show awkwardly began without the traditional introduction of the co-hosts by the announcer; it just cut to the duo sitting at the table, talking about the Colorado wild fires. READ FULL STORY »
Ann Curry’s imminent departure from the Today show may have been a shock, but her fans are pulling together and hoping for a last-minute save.
Change.org posted a petition from Sgt. Stephen Crowley asking the Today show to reconsider replacing Curry. The “About this Petition” section reads in part:
“First, I have to say that I love Ann Curry. I am an Iraq Veteran and Aspiring writer with PTSD and a 60% service connected disability. Life is not always so easy for me. I tend to struggle.
One of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry’s compassionate style of journalism. I was in Iraq for ten months in 2005. That experience changed me forever. I am now very sensitive to the hurt, pain and troubles on this planet, even though I feel that I only received a very small portion of that experience.
Ann Curry’s sensitivity to the human experience telegraphs through her journalism, to me and many other fans and viewers.”
EW spoke with 49-year-old Crowley this morning about Ann Curry. He told EW that he’s a longtime fan of Curry’s work, particularly admiring her commitment to veterans. “I like her style of reporting— it really reaches me,” Crowley said. READ FULL STORY »
Regis Philbin will step in for Hoda Kotb as fourth-hour co-host of the Today show this week, Kathie Lee Gifford announced this morning. Wednesday (or “Winesday,” as Gifford and Kotb call it) will mark the first time the iconic duo has co-hosted since Gifford vacated her spot on Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee in 2000. Said Gifford, “We’re just going to let him show up and let the sparks fly. Should be fun!”
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