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Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
Kathie Lee Gifford confirms she's been planning her Today exit a "long long time," says she's "so relieved" the news is out
“I feel so relieved,” Kathie Lee said on this morning's Today show. “I’ve known it was coming for a long long time and you want to get your story out before somebody else tries to tell your story in an inaccurate way." She added: "Hoda’s known it for a long, long time,” Gifford said. “All these other projects have been bubbling up … and it’s so exciting. Movies and music and so many wonderful things. And I need the time for them to do them properly.”
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
Jenna Bush Hager is considered the frontrunner to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on Today
The Today correspondent daughter of former President George W. Bush is "in the mix because she is a favorite among viewers and staffers and she has already filled in for Kathie Lee every time she’s been away,” a source tells People. The source added that “nothing has been determined about (Gifford's) replacement. She’s here until April anyway. But it’s looking like Jenna." The Daily Beast also pegged Hager as the frontrunner, adding that her selection would be a "big blow” to Carson Daly, "who had been eyeing the job." The Daily Beast notes that Hager and Hoda Kotb already have chemistry on- and off-screen. ALSO: Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly tried to resign a year ago, but NBC executives begged her to stay.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Who will replace Kathie Lee Gifford on Today's fourth hour?
People magazine's suggestions include Al Roker, Jenna Bush Hager, Bethenny Frankel and fourth-hour regular John Cena.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Ellen Pompeo called out Kathie Lee and Hoda for drinking hours before this morning's exit announcement
Source: Us Weekly
The Grey's Anatomy star tweeted last night in response to the Kathie Lee and Hoda Twitter account mentioning the news of Pompeo not speaking to Patrick Dempsey in years. "Hey here’s a suggestion!! Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place ?" Pompeo tweeted.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:34AM EST
Kathie Lee Gifford announces she's leaving Today after 11 years
Gifford announced her exit this morning during Today's fourth hour, which she has hosted with Hoda Kotb since April 7, 2008. Gifford will stay on through her 11th anniversary, saying goodbye with the the April 7, 2019 edition. “I’ve been here almost 11 years — I’m going to be leaving the Today show,” said an emotional Gifford. “This is an exciting time for me and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up.” Gifford said she had originally planned to stay one year, but that she "fell in love" with co-host Kotb. “You’re just so special, Hoda,” Gifford said to an emotional Kotb. “Thank you so much...The minute you stepped into my life, everything changed." NBC News president Noah Oppenheim also announced the news in a memo to his staff. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors,” he wrote. When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning (or rather, wine) in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure. During that time, Kathie Lee has cemented her status as one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend.”
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 5:37PM EST
Megyn Kelly will be free to take jobs at other news outlets after her NBC exit deal is complete
The former Megyn Kelly Today host is still negotiating her NBC News exit package, but Variety says its report that Kelly could take other job offers a sign that the exit talks are moving toward a close.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Today's third hour is leaving the former Megyn Kelly Today studio
The former home of Megyn Kelly Today, Studio 6A, will be abandoned as the third hour moves to the main studio, Studio 1A. The move is aimed at streamlining production and making the transition between shows seamless. The last broadcast from the Megyn Kelly Today studio will take place on Jan. 4.
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
George H.W. Bush funeral and memorial service plans announced
President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president. A memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET., followed by another memorial service the next day in Houston. Bush is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday evening. Expect network and cable news coverage of the memorial services and funeral.
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 4:04PM EST
Today correspondent Jeff Rossen is leaving after six years
Source: The Daily Beast
Rossen, Today's national investigative correspondent who hosts the "Rossen Reports" segment, is exiting on good terms in mid-January after he couldn't agree to a new contract, according to The Daily Beast.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
On the one-year anniversary of Matt Lauer's firing, Linda Vester calls for an independent investigation into misconduct at NBC News
Source: Fox News
Vester, a former NBC News correspondent who accused Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct earlier this year, writes in a Fox News website Op-Ed: "Thursday will mark one year since Matt Lauer was fired from NBC’s Today show for sexual misconduct. But since that reckoning, has NBC News really changed? The culture and management of NBC News continue to silence women, while parent company Comcast apparently does nothing. It is time to hold the Comcast Board of Directors accountable. NBC News may have conducted a limited “culture review,” but I continue to hear from women working there that harassment still goes unpunished, that they still face intimidation, and that they still fear for their careers if they complain."
Posted Tuesday 11/20/18 at 1:24PM EST
Report: Megyn Kelly finalizing a $30 million NBC exit deal
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that Kelly could officially leave NBC as early as next week, with the network paying her $30 million. Kelly signed a $69 million deal in 2017.
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Fox News and numerous other media outlets are backing CNN in its White House lawsuit
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” said Fox News president Jay Wallace in a statement in supporting the lawsuit over Jim Acosta's White House access. ”Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.” Other media organizations backing CNN include NBC News, ABC News and CBS News, as well as The New York Times and Washington Post.
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Today's third-hour ratings keep rising following Megyn Kelly Today's cancelation
Kelly's show attracted 675,000 viewers in the key 25-to-54 daytime demo in her last week on air. Last week, the second full week without Kelly, that demo number soared to 741,000 viewers.
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 2:51PM EST
NBC was No. 1 on election night among broadcast networks
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS, ABC and NBC were all up vs. the 2014 midterms. NBC led with 5.75 million viewers. Late-night also received a ratings boost, with Jimmy Kimmel Live! hitting a five-month high with his first live election broadcast.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Report: Megyn Kelly was supposed to be prominently featured in NBC News' midterms election night coverage
Source: Page Six
NBC even sent out a press release announcing that she would be joining Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd on NBC's election night panel, reports Page Six. But that was before her Megyn Kelly Today blackface controversy and ouster. On Monday, NBC released a promotional video featuring only Holt, Guthrie and Todd.