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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 Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are each getting their own Today digital series
Savannah’s Dressing Room Diaries will feature Guthrie interviewing celebrities and other newsmakers from her dressing room, while Quoted by Hoda will have Kotb discussing favorite quotes and words of wisdom with celebrities. NBC News says it wants to offer eight to 12 digital series per season, consisting of eight to 10 episodes.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
The View wished Julie Chen well after her exit from The Talk, while Wendy Williams questioned her tears
Source: E! Online
Daytime TV had a range of responses to Chen's exit from The Talk. "I think it would be hard to be on that show and if you couldn't share so I sorta understood," Hoda Kotb said on Today. "She'll be missed on that show," Gayle King, Chen's colleague, said on CBS This Morning. On The View, Whoopi Goldberg wished Chen well, while Abby Huntsman said: "What I would love for her to do is to use that as an opportunity to be transparent, to be real, to talk to people about what maybe she's been through." Kathie Lee Gifford expressed sympathy for Chen on the 10am. Today show. "It always bugs me when they say the humiliated so-and-so. I'm capable of humiliating myself…She's not humiliated," said Gifford. "She's heartbroken. There's a big difference. You know what I'm saying?" Meanwhile, Wendy Williams questioned Chen's teary goodbye: "It's nice to know she watches 'Hot Topics,' where I said she should quit because she is a distraction," Wendy said. "She ended up crying towards the end but in my mind, those weren't tears because of the crew. In my opinion, she wasn't crying because of the cast and the crew and the staff and stuff. She was crying because now she has to go back to that compound and deal with that man and try to keep her son out of it. And there is no compound to me that is big enough." ALSO: Chen taped tonight's Big Brother episode on Tuesday, the same day she announced her Talk departure.
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 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Kathie Lee Gifford to romance Craig Ferguson on the big screen
The 10 a.m. Today co-host has signed on for a rare non-"Kathie Lee Gifford" acting role in the movie Love Me to Death. She'll play a lonely widow named Annabelle who gets a second chance at love with the former Late Late Show host, who plays a "curmudgeonly Scotsman." Gifford will also write the lyrics to the movie's music.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Hoda Kotb: Why I still keep in touch with Matt Lauer
Source: Page Six
“We keep in touch with him," the Today anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC (in 1998). When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that . . . you know, he was incredible in that way. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host NBC's Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The one-hour documentary special, airing May 16, will "lift the curtain on the most talked-about nuptials of the year." ALSO: PBS announces a five-night Royal Wedding Watch.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon dressed a Kenny Rogers to serenade Hoda and Kathie Lee on their 10th anniversary
Source: USA Today
Fallon as Rogers sang "Through the Years" on the 10 a.m. Today show as Hoda Kotb recalled telling Kathie Lee Gifford “you and I are going to be lifetime friends" after their first meeting in 2008.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Kathy Lee Gifford recalls originally rejecting her Today job
Source: Page Six
Gifford, celebrating the 10th anniversary of her pairing with Hoda Kotb, recalls thinking "I would rather rip my toenails out than have to do that" when viewing the show's first incarnation consisting of Kotb, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Wendy Williams: It’s “now beneath” Hoda Kotb to continue hosting Today’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford
Source: Hollywood Life
“How much longer do you think Hoda’s going to stick around and drink wine on that fourth hour?” asked Williams on Monday’s show. “It is now beneath her to be there. Let Kathie Lee find some other socialite to sit with. Hoda, you’re in the news room now.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
CNN’s Bill Weir slams Megyn Kelly over her Jane Fonda remarks, attacking her “ginormous salary”
“A decent host might drop by the green room before the show and ask an 80 yr-old the best way to broach a sensitive topic but @MegynTODAY would rather attack the guest for being offended,” Weir tweeted, adding: “Meanwhile, real journalists are forced to take cuts so NBC can pay her ginormous salary.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Savannah Guthrie on working with Hoda Kotb: “I think we had an instant thing”
The Today co-anchors visited The Tonight Show last night, where Guthrie spoke about the aftermath of the Matt Lauer scandal: “Yeah, it was hard, and like everyone saw, we went through it. But something really lovely and positive has happened. And I think that’s where we’re focused.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Jane Fonda jokingly referenced her disastrous Megyn Kelly interview on Today
Fonda and Lily Tomlin were promoting the new season of Grace and Frankie this morning, when Tomlin jokingly brought up her first facelift. “Let's not go there. Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” said Fonda, prompting laughter from interviewers Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Why Hoda Kotb isn’t making Matt Lauer’s salary: “TV thrives on paying new people in old positions significantly less”
There are exceptions like Megyn Kelly, but salaries usually grow the longer a person stays in a particular position. That's according to Brian Steinberg, who explains why, in her new role as Today co-anchor, Kotb will be earning $7 million, compared to predecessor Lauer's reported $25 million a year. “While the optics of the financial arrangement have spurred a very worthwhile and necessary discussion about compensation parity among men and women in the media business,” he says, “the simple fact is that Kotb is being treated much like almost any other anchor or host who takes over a coveted and long-held post on a venerable TV program. TV networks often see opportunity in such transitions, because it typically means a cutback in salary outlay. It’s a fair gamble, for example, that Stephen Colbert wasn’t given David Letterman’s salary upon taking over CBS’ Late Show, or that Trevor Noah was not immediately handed Jon Stewart’s financial arrangement upon being given the reins to Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Lauer, no doubt, wasn’t immediately festooned with Bryant Gumbel’s paycheck when he graduated to a Today co-anchor slot in 1997.”
- Kotb tells People: "I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close”
- Why neither Matt Lauer nor Hoda Kotb deserve to making $25 million a year
- Kotb has “overperformed” in her role, having worked at NBC News for 20 years while bringing big numbers to Today's 10 a.m. hour for a decade
- Kotb deserves a larger salary since she’s "pulling double duty” as she continues co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour
- TV veterans say Kotb’s promotion was “not that complicated” and “there was no one else”
- Al Roker shuts down a Twitter troll who wanted “a seasoned man” to replace Matt Lauer
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Report: Hoda Kotb will make about $18 million less per year than Matt Lauer as his Today replacement
Source: Page Six
Kotb’s salary will be bumped up to $7 million a year, according to Page Six, which is in line with Savannah Guthrie’s salary. Lauer was making about $25 million a year. A Today insider tells Page Six: “Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Plus, Matt’s salary reflected the long time he was on the show — 25 years. If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract. But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.” ALSO: Hoda Kotb has a higher Q score than both Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.