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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 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 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 Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Omarosa tells Savannah Guthrie to "calm down" in a heated Today interview
Guthrie grilled the former Trump White House official after she revealed she secretly recorded her firing in the Situation Room. Omarosa, promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged, reacted by telling Guthrie to "slow down" and "calm down." ALSO: President Trump refers to Omarosa as "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Today fails to ask Robin Wright about "toxic" Kevin Spacey allegations on House of Cards set
Source: The Baltimore Sun
In her first interview promoting the final season of House of Cards, Wright told Savannah Guthrie that the cast and crew were “all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened” by the sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” But as David Zurawik points out, Guthrie failed to ask Wright about a CNN report, sourced to eight current and former House or Cards staffers, that the set of the Netflix drama was "toxic" with Spacey’s abusive and predatory sexual behavior. "One of journalism’s primary jobs is providing clarity by trying to resolve such contradictions — not serve up the kind of questions that allow someone who was in a position of authority and responsibility on that set to avoid taking the contradiction on," says Zurawik. "Wright was a director, executive producer and co-star. She was not as powerful as Spacey, but she had enough power to say something if any part of what CNN alleged about that set was true." ALSO: The interview exposed several absurdities about the show’s decision to keep going.
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 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie shuts down Twitter user's speculation she might be pregnant
"It is just the dress," the Today co-anchor tweeted in response to the since-deleted tweet. "Excuse me while I go burn it." Guthrie later posted on Instagram a chart why it's never appropriate to ask a woman if she's pregnant.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie's first Dateline primetime special examines the U.S. Olympic gymnastics sexual abuse scandal
Guthrie spent a lot of time after wrapping each Today show working on her first standalone Dateline special, airing Sunday. “It’s different than doing something on Today, where it’s live and we have the clock ticking and we have to make it fit,” she says.
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 Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie: "I'm 46 and I don't mind looking 46"
Source: E! Online
The Today co-host wrote a blog post about physical appearance while being in the spotlight. "Sometimes people say, 'I can see your wrinkles,'" Guthrie wrote. "Well, that's true. I do have some wrinkles. I call them smile lines. They're from smiles and laughing, and those are the best kind of wrinkles."
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie apologizes after swearing on Today
The Today host said "sorry, guys" after accidentally saying "oh, sh*t" on air.
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