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Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Today's third hour kicks off its post-Megyn Kelly era
”We are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Hoda Kotb began the 9 a.m. hour, titled Today Third Hour, joined by Craig Melvin and Al Roker. Megyn Kelly's name wasn't mentioned. (Savannah Guthrie was in Pittsburgh to report on Saturday's synagogue shooting.) As Variety reports, "to ease the transition, NBC had Jenna Bush Hager stationed in Studio 6A, the studio that has been used to broadcast Megyn Kelly Today live. She picked up host duties after the show’s first 20 minutes. Producers wanted to close the first two hours as they always have – from the home base, Studio 1A – so they kicked off the 9 a.m. hour there." Hager was joined by Melvin and Roker as they did live segments about cooking and Halloween before a studio audience. Kelly's old set is expected to be used for much of Today's third hour going forward. As Lloyd Grove notes, "the drama surrounding Kelly—which had overwhelmed cable and social media for most of last week—was very much beside the point on Monday. Perhaps unavoidably, the inaugural Megyn-less program was a strange hodgepodge of grave foreboding and forced bonhomie."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 10:24AM EDT
Megyn Kelly's Today colleagues pillory her over her blackface comments
“The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is our history," Al Roker said on Today hours before Kelly's on-air apology. After Savannah Guthrie called it an "uncomfortable" situation, fellow Today colleague Craig Melvin called it "silly" and "disingenuous" to dismiss the controversy as a result of political correctness. "The fact is a lot of folks don’t realize that Jim Crow, short hand for the racist laws that existed in this country for much of the last century, especially in the deep south, the term Jim Crow came from a minstrel show in the 1830s," Melvin said. "It was an opportunity for us to learn more about blackface, but I think a lot of people knew about blackface before yesterday.” ALSO: Don Lemon delivered a stern rebuke of Kelly on CNN.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Why did NBC's Craig Melvin's Today promotion announcement seem fraught with sensitivity?
Melvin will officially become Today's "news anchor," a position that was quietly dropped in 2016. But his promotion Tuesday seemed like a formality. As Brian Stelter points out, Melvin is on the weekday version of Today practically every day. So why wasn't a bigger fuss made over his promotion? "In part, it's about the hangover from the (Matt) Lauer scandal. And it's about the art of morning TV war, in which shows are constantly seeking an advantage over competitors," says Stelter, whose 2013 book on the network morning show wars is being turned into an Apple TV series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Stelter points out that Today received a lot of buzz when it replaced Matt Lauer with Hoda Kotb, forming morning network TV's first all-female anchor team, which has been embraced by the audience. So NBC News didn't want to make it seem like Melvin's promotion meant that it was moving away from an all-female anchor team.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Craig Melvin may bring a "welcome bite" to Today
Source: The Daily Beast
Melvin, who joins the Today show full-time as news anchor, made headlines with his tough interview of Bill Clinton in June. He also got in a gotcha question to Megyn Kelly on her 9 a.m. show. "Melvin has—at least for the show he finds himself on—a distinctive spirit of gentle dissension, a spirited pointedness," says Tim Teeman.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Craig Melvin joins Today's weekday lineup as news anchor
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Melvin, a rising star at NBC News who was previously considered a contender to replace Matt Lauer, recently stepped down as co-host of the Saturday version of Today. "I didn't have sisters growing up, so I'm looking forward to picking up two sisters every Monday through Friday," Melvin said this morning in formally joining Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on weekday Today. "The sisters you never wanted," added Guthrie.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
NBC's Today scolds Bill Clinton for making "false allegations" in his interview with Stephen Colbert
Today released the full uncut 22-minute interview Craig Melvin conducted with the former president following Clinton's Tuesday interview on The Late Show. Melvin said this morning that Clinton “appeared to suggest NBC News took his words out of context.” Clinton said to Colbert, “What surprised me was the flat-out assertion that I’d never apologized. That’s what I got mad about, not being asked about it.” To which Melvin responded this morning, "In fact the exchange began with the question: ‘Did you ever apologize to her?’" Savannah Guthrie agreed with Melvin, saying: “You did not assert he never apologized, you asked whether he had apologized.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Stephen Colbert offers Bill Clinton a "do-over" on the Monica Lewinsky question
“I notice you did not enjoy that entire interview," Colbert said of the former president's heated Today interview that aired on Monday morning, in which he was asked if he apologized to Lewinsky. “I want you to enjoy this one, but I do want to ask you something: Would you like a do-over on that answer? Do you understand why some people thought it was a tone-deaf response?” Clinton, who appeared to be much more prepared this time, responded: "When I saw the interview, I thought that, because they had to distill it, it looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize, and I had no intention to. And I was mad at me – not for the first time.” He added: "Here is what I want to say: It wasn’t my finest hour ... But, the important thing is, that it was very painful thing that happened 20 years ago. And I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people. I meant it then, I mean it now."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Bill Clinton's Today interview gets heated when he's asked if he ever apologized to Monica Lewinsky
The former president is promoting his new thriller novel he co-wrote with James Patterson, The President is Missing, on various TV outlets this week, including Stephen Colbert's Late Show and Live with Kelly and Ryan. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Clinton is again being grilled about his White House sex scandal. That included questioning this morning from NBC News' Craig Melvin, who asked: “Did you ever apologize to her?," resulting in a heated exchange about Lewinsky, his impeachment and the #MeToo movement.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Who is potential Today co-host Craig Melvin?
Source: Hollywood Life
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
Report: Matt Lauer’s “intense jealousy” is why NBC doesn’t have a Plan B — and why Craig Melvin is the frontrunner to replace him
Source: Page Six
“Matt killed off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was ready to hang it up — so there’s nobody to take his place,” a source tells Page Six. “And now NBC is paying the price.” Which leaves Craig Melvin, a Weekend Today anchor, as the frontrunner.