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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Katie Couric apologizes for her Opening Ceremonies suggestion that the Dutch skate to work every day on frozen canals
Couric apologized via Twitter last night after the Dutch embassy threw her some shade over her suggestion that skating to work on frozen canals is how the Dutch excel in speed skating. Couric tweeted: "My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way!"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
NBC hopes to avoid another Olympics Opening Ceremony backlash with livestreaming and fewer commercial breaks
Viewers can start livestreaming the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m PT on Friday without commentary and with what NBC Sports describes as “the event’s natural sound." The livestream will feature advertising. The Katie Couric and Mike Tirico-hosted telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with 30% fewer commercials than the Rio Summer Olympics. It was the social media outrage from Rio that prompted the change.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Amy Schumer on “friend” Aziz Ansari’s sexual misconduct scandal: “it’s good for everybody to learn that that behavior’s not acceptable”
“I don’t think anyone wants to see Aziz’s career ruined or his life ruined or anything like that, but that’s where people’s minds go,” Schumer tells Katie Couric on The Katie Couric Podcast. “They go, ‘Does he deserve this?’ And it’s really not about that. I think it’s about expressing and showing women that that behavior is not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave. Because then the women who come after you, you’re leaving a mark for them too.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Katie Couric pays tribute to her late husband on the 20th anniversary of his death
Jay Monahan died of colon cancer on Jan. 24, 1998 at the age of 42, leaving behind daughters Ellie, now 26, and Caroline, 22.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
NBC Sports has requested an interview with President Trump to air during the Winter Olympics
NBC Sports Olympics boss Jim Bell said his request “is being considered.” ALSO: Katie Couric says NBC won’t “shy away” from covering unplanned protests during the Olympics.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
NBC brings Katie Couric back to co-host the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which will be live-streamed for the first time
Couric will join Mike Tirico in co-hosting the tape-delayed Opening Ceremony from PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. “It’s good to see Mike. We go back 45 minutes,” Couric joked in a press conference this morning announcing her return. NBC also announced that for the first time, NBC will allow fans to stream the Opening Ceremony live via the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com. “It’s beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the Today show at six previous Games, and hosted the Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “We have been eagerly awaiting Mike’s first prime time Olympic hosting duties, and now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Why Katie Couric’s belated response to Matt Lauer’s sex scandal is BS
In breaking her silence about her former Today colleague, Couric told People that “I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect.” To which Whitney Kimball is calling BS on, pointing out that Couric would have to be really ignorant to not have known about Lauer’s problems. “This seems unlikely,” she says. “It is very hard to believe that a journalist who spent 15 years co-hosting with Matt Lauer would not have picked up on some signs that he is at least a creep.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Katie Couric says the Matt Lauer sexual harassment scandal “has been very painful to me” — “this was not the Matt we knew”
Couric tells People magazine that the sexual harassment accounts she read have been “disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment.” She adds that when she said on Watch What Happens Live in 2012 that Lauer “pinches me on the a** a lot,” she was joking. “I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left,” says the former Today anchor. “I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship. It’s still very upsetting. I really admire the way Savannah (Guthrie) and Hoda (Kotb) and the entire Today show staff have handled a very difficult situation.”
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Some women have always wanted a Today sans Matt Lauer
"Frankly, I'm not surprised at all that the Today show ratings have improved, because I always thought (Lauer) was the weakest host," says attorney Liesel Burks, who considered Katie Couric and Ann Curry the strongest past hosts. "Today show's greatest strength has been the high-caliber female journalists that the show has promoted over the years, and I wish they had been able to shine more."
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 3:02PM EST
Katie Couric breaks her silence on Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment scandal: “It’s incredibly upsetting”
The former Today anchor has been noticeably silent as she’s tweeted and posted pictures on Instagram in the nine days since Lauer was fired. But last night, after Couric posted a Throwback Thursday image on Instagram, a commenter asked Couric about her thoughts on Lauer: “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to,” Couric responded. “Thanks for your interest.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:24PM EST
Watch Meredith Vieira question Matt Lauer about the “huge bag of sex toys in your office closet”
Vieira put her former Today co-host on the spot during an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show in 2015. Lauer explained that the sex toys belonged to a sex therapist whom he had interviewed. “True story,” said Lauer. “I didn’t know what to do. I put it in the closet of my dressing room. The next day, we had Bush on the show, the Secret Service came with the dogs to sweep our dressing room … they open up the thing and they’re opening up the bag, I’m like ‘oh my God!'” On Wednesday, Variety reported that Lauer would use sex toys in his alleged sexual harassment of female Today staffers.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Today will never be the same, especially with its notion of “family”
For years, promoted the fiction that the Today show was like family with its “manufactured conviviality,” which “NBC played into that by steadily creating cults of personality around its anchors,” says Sonia Saraiya. “And yet," she adds, "Wednesday morning, turning on Today brought the sexual harassment movement right to your home, whether you wanted it or not. Now that we all know about Matt Lauer’s secret button that locked the door behind unsuspecting women he called into his office, the illusion of a happy television family is hard to believe in. Now the viewing audience has to reckon with the fact that the man they knew and watched for 20 years is, according to the company who made his career and the co-anchor who still calls herself his friend, a predator.”
- NBC must race to save its cash cow: GMA barely beat Today in the key demo in November sweeps
- Should NBC promote from within? Or pick somebody from CNBC or MSNBC?
- 10 potential Lauer replacements: Brian Williams? Ann Curry? Carson Daly? George Stephanopoulos!?
- Padma Lakshmi was scheduled to do a cooking segment Wednesday with Lauer: “When I walked into 30 Rock it felt like someone had died”
- Watch Charlie Rose awkwardly ask Matt Lauer and Katie Couric about their chemistry
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 8:50AM EST
NBC fires Matt Lauer after a sexual misconduct complaint
An emotional Savannah Guthrie, along with Hoda Kotb, announced at the top of Wednesday’s Today show that Lauer had been fired from NBC following a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Guthrie said she was "heartbroken" for herself and “heartbroken for Matt; he is my dear, dear friend and partner." before reading a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack. "As you can imagine we are devastated,” she said. In his statement, Lack said: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
- Page Six reports Lauer was accused of sexually assaulting a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014
- President Trump reacts to Lauer's firing, asks: "when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!"
- ABC's Good Morning America reacted to the news with George Stephanopoulos saying, “This is not over yet, we have a long long way to go"
- One year ago today: Lauer's contract was extended through 2018, at $20 million a year
- Reporters for Variety and The New York Times have been investigating Lauer for weeks -- Variety's Ramin Setoodeh tweeted, "There were multiple victims"
- Lauer was notified of his firing before going to bed last night
- Listen to Howard Stern, a close friend of Lauer's, react to the news -- Lauer appeared in the opening of Stern's Fox talk show pilot in 1987
- Brian Williams has outlasted Lauer at NBC News 2 1/2 years after Lauer grilled him on his lying
- In 2013, Katie Couric said on Watch What Happens Live Lauer would pinch her on the ass "a lot"
- Watch CBS This Morning cover the Matt Lauer story: “I have a sickening feeling of déjà vu,” said Gayle King
- Joe Scarborough fires back after President Trump uses Lauer’s firing to call for an investigation into the 2001 death of the former congressman’s staffer
- On Twitter, Lauer’s firing is being called karma for his ouster of Ann Curry
- Ann Curry had complained that she was undermined by the Today’s boys’ club atmosphere
- Lauer’s wife accused him of "cruel and inhumane" acts in 2006 when she filed for divorce, which was later withdrawn
- Al Roker looked devastated as he delivered his weather forecast
- Who should replace Lauer? Anderson Cooper? Willie Geist? Megyn Kelly?
- Megyn Kelly brought up Fox News' sexual harassment scandal, and said: "This one hits close to home"
- Kathie Lee Gifford calls for “forgiveness and mercy” for Lauer, and recalled her late husband Frank Gifford’s affair
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
Katie Couric is now “groveling for clicks” on the web
A new video Couric shot for InStyle features the award-winning journalist asking random people on the streets odd questions, like “Do you watch porn?” and “What’s the weirdest thing in your underwear drawer?”