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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 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 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 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 Friday 11/09/18 at 1:22PM EST
Today's third hour ratings improve without Megyn Kelly
Source: The Daily Beast
The 9 a.m. Today hour's ratings picked up 5% last week, the first full week since Megyn Kelly Today was canceled.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Al Roker explains why him dressing up as Back to the Future's Doc Brown is not similar to blackface
Source: USA Today
The Today weatherman was asked on social media if he was being a hypocrite for criticizing Megyn Kelly's blackface character while dressing as an iconic white character for Halloween. Roker responded: "I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t. I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color if you’re white , you can be President Obama if you want. Just don’t color your skin!"
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Today and Good Morning America both had 1980s-themed Halloween costumes
Source: USA Today
Both shows went all out with the 1980s theme, with Back to the Future, Mr. T and Married with Children represented.
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 Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
NBC shouldn't be absolved for the Megyn Kelly debacle
Source: The Atlantic
From NBC News chairman Andy Lack saying "I condemn those remarks" to making sure that Today and NBC Nightly News covered Kelly's blackface controversy as a major news story, it seems like NBC is displaying "performances of innocence," says Megan Garber. "And yet NBC—there is a creaking inevitability to every element of this—is now trying to get ahead of the story that happens to be, once again, about itself," she says. "It is attempting to frame Kelly’s departure as a matter of morality rather than a matter of money." But don't forget that Lack has overseen the Access Hollywood Donald Trump tapes debacle, the Ronan Farrow Harvey Weinstein reporting debacle and the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct debacle. As Garber points out, NBC "has this week gone through its own ritual of attempted public conversion. NBC, too, is apolitical, the network is suggesting on its own behalf, as it reportedly prepares to pay Kelly a massive sum to take her act elsewhere. It, too, is innocent. After all, couldn’t the newscaster who insisted that 'Santa just is white' have changed her attitude, under NBC’s warm influence? Can’t a tiger change its stripes? NBC, too, was just asking questions." But Garber adds: "Here is another question, though: What if, when Megyn Kelly wondered aloud why blackface is bad, her ratings had been high? What if she had been a darling of advertisers? What if she had proved better able to return on the massive investment NBC had made in her, and for her? Here is the answer: NBC would very likely, right now, be selling a line about the relatability of Megyn Kelly’s confusion—about how so many Americans have more to understand about their shared history and shared culture, about the ways Kelly’s questions, innocent if ignorant, represent, in the end, a learning opportunity for all. Megyn Kelly, right now, would very likely be undergoing another time-honored American ritual, this one anchored in the sweeping demands of celebrity: the solemn ceremonies of 'moving on.' Apology, forgiveness, forgetfulness—the prodigal daughter, returned to 30 Rock once more."
- "The problem with Megyn Kelly Today is that it was always a morning talk show about a woman who really wanted a morning talk show," says Hank Stuever. "She came to it with only a nominal interest in anything but herself. She treats everything as a subject and only goes with what she think she already knows. She never had empathy, she's not a good listener, and she loves to make excuses. And for all the talk about how smart she is, she never seemed to do any homework. That's how you wind up being a person in 2018 who hasn't figured out why blackface is not okay and how culture and history got to the mutual understanding that it isn't."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Kelly's blackface defense was "hate-crime adjacent": "She’s an educated person with a news background, so there’s no way she is not informed on the issue. Which means she deliberately, without regard to the harm she would inflict on people of color, chose to pull out this old controversy. Not quite a hate crime, but hate crime-adjacent."
- How does NBC News chairman Andy Lack still have a job with a "record of deep shame" overseeing so many controversies?
- Kelly learned that TV star power is a delicate thing and cannot easily be transplanted -- just ask Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Jane Pauley and Anderson Cooper
- Networks won't touch Kelly if she leaves NBC News: She'll have very few big-time career opportunities
- Geraldo Rivera again defends Kelly: "She said something stupid, but she didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. She was just telling the truth about how she was raised and how things were back in the day."
- Could NBC News keep Kelly in an "Ann Curry situation" -- giving her fake jobs to save face?
- Watch a montage of Kelly's most controversial Megyn Kelly Today moments
- Relive the 10 "best" moments from Megyn Kelly Today
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Al Roker is the odds-on favorite to take over the 9 a.m. Today slot from Megyn Kelly, at least temporarily
The Today weatherman could return to the timeslot he shared with Tamron Hall. "NBC’s Today show weatherman-and-so-much-more Al Roker is odds-on fave to step in to Kelly’s 9 AM weekday Today time slot," according to Deadline, "at least on an interim basis. It makes sense, as he was one of the Today time slot’s two co-hosts – Tamron Hall was the other – for several years, until NBC shoveled out $70M to land the Fox News Channel primetime star, giving her the hour." ALSO: Tamron Hall and Al Roker were all smiles in a photo she posted to Twitter Thursday night -- without referencing the Kelly scandal.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Megyn Kelly Today's future is in doubt as NBC News boss condemns her blackface controversy
Source: The New York Times
Even before Megyn Kelly's latest controversy, she was in talks with NBC News chairman Andy Lack to wind down her show by the end of the year, according to The New York Times. The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, says "Megyn Kelly is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today show hour by the end of the season," while Variety reports that she and NBC News "have engaged in conversations about what role might make her happiest at the news division." Hours after Kelly's tearful on-air apology this morning for yesterday's blackface comments, Lack slammed her blackface comments at an NBC News town hall meeting. “There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks,” Lack said. “There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate.” According to The Times, "his comments were seen within NBC as a stinging rebuke."
- Why does it appear that NBC has declared war on Megyn Kelly?
- House of Cards stars cancel Megyn Kelly Today appearance following her blackface comments
- UPDATE: Megyn Kelly Today will air reruns for the rest of the week: "No more live episodes of Ms. Kelly’s show are expected to air this week, and a replacement could be on the air by Monday," reports The Wall Street Journal.
- Samantha Bee explains why blackface is wrong: "Imagine how you'd feel if every cartoon for 100 years was about a prissy blonde who spelled 'Megyn' wrong getting smushed by anvils," she said on Full Frontal.
- Megyn Kelly is now without an agency: Kelly reportedly fired CAA on Wednesday out of concern that the agency was too close to NBC News. She had been in talks to join UTA before the blackface incident. But UTA has opted not to represent her in the wake of her blackface controversy.