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Brian Williams apologizes to Arsenio Hall -- VIDEO

Late night wars: They aren’t just Jay Leno versus everyone.

Brian Williams — charmingly! — apologized to Arsenio Hall yesterday after leaving him off a picture of all the late night hosts during a segment about Jimmy Fallon on NBC Nightly News.

Hall didn’t take too well to the original snub, pointing it out on his own program earlier this week. Hall brought out Suge Knight — for reasons unexplained — and Knight proceeded to go off-script and jokingly threaten that the snub needed to be correct…or else. Later, Hall reported that NBC switchboards were blowing up with people demanding this grievous wrong be righted.

Williams, of course, made everything right. (Would you expect anything else from the most laid-back serious man on TV?) During yesterday’s NBC Nightly News broadcast, Williams, while also calling out an also-forgotten Pete Holmes, chalked up the omission of Hall’s photo to “being on the air at 4 AM in the morning in Russia,” as well as noting that mistakes are inevitable.

Hall seemed touched by the apology, so this is one late night feud that can finally be put to bed — at least until the next time Hall wants a jolt of publicity. Watch this Arsenio Hall Show clip for a rundown of the past week’s events: READ FULL STORY

Last night on 'Tonight': Enter Rapping Brian Williams and #MartinScorsese -- VIDEO

Again with the viral videos, Jimmy Fallon!

Tonight‘s new host continues to pull out all the stops during his first week on the job. Night No. 1 brought a parade of cameos from celebrities, including Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson, Stephen Colbert, and, perhaps most notably, Joan Rivers — making her first Tonight appearance since Johnny Carson banned her from the program in the ’80s. (He was furious at his guest host for getting her own talk show on Fox.) Night No. 2 welcomed the return of Fallon’s Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet (singing the remix of “Ignition,” naturally), as well as a boy-band member who looked an awful lot like Kristen Wiig.

Night No. 3 followed suit, presenting a pair of videos sure to blow up on YouTube. First up, we’ve got the sequel to Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s immortal “#Hashtag,” this time starring Jonah Hill as Jimmy’s partner in Twitter speak. #Funny #NostalgiaBait #GuessWhoShowsUpIt’sMartinScorsese #SpoilerAlert #Oops.

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Actors, politicians, and other people who lie for a living top list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America

Reader’s Digest has released their list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brian Williams, Judge Judy, Hillary Clinton, and many other politicians, performers, and TV hosts — people whose entire professional existence is arguably focused on constructing elaborate fictions and saying what you want to hear in lieu of the actual truth — all feature prominently in the list, beating out by a wide margin “Your Mother,” “Your Father,” “Your Second-Grade Teacher,” and many other people you probably should actually trust despite the fact that they aren’t famous. READ FULL STORY

Conspiracy? David Letterman has a theory about NBC's talk-show woes -- VIDEO

Calling himself the “soul of discretion,” David Letterman started off his interview with Brian Williams last night with a discussion about Today and Matt Lauer. A recent New York Magazine article put the Today story in the spotlight again, with reports that during the drama that enveloped the show during the demotion of Ann Curry, Lauer took meetings with ABC. Williams, half-jokingly aghast, said that he hoped he could wake up and this interview would all be a dream, but Letterman persisted.

”So NBC says we got to put an end to this [bad press], because it’s the Today show. So now they come up with these crazy stories about the other end of their programming day, The Tonight Show,” Letterman theorized about all the recent Tonight Show drama surrounding Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon.So now all of that conversation comes up to get people’s mind off of the Matt Lauer stuff. Now if I’m onto something, blink twice.”

Williams didn’t blink.

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Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams slow-jam the debt ceiling -- VIDEO

What would it take for NBC to just go ahead and transform Rock Center into a sketch show? Brian Williams has been the network’s comedic secret weapon for years now — and this Late Night performance is just the latest in a long line of surprisingly funny guest appearances for him. (Bonus: Watching it might actually teach you something about current events.)

Yesterday, the newsman joined Jimmy and The Roots for a sensual slow-jamming about the debt ceiling, keeping a perfectly straight face even as Fallon cracked up over lines like, “Take it from my man Brilly Willy: ain’t nothing worse than a soft Boehner.” And then came the Salt-n-Pepa interlude, which not even a buttoned-up BriWi could resist. Turn down the lights — er, the brightness on your computer screen — sit back, and see the magic happen:

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Allison Williams envisions how her dad, Brian Williams, would report her death

We got a dark look into the recesses of Girls star Allison Williams’ mind last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live when she admitted that she often imagines how her father, Brian Williams, would read her obituary on the news.

“I mean obviously he probably would skip work for like a day,” Allison joked. In her imagination, her dad gives a very formal announcement ending with a somber look down and the phrase “she will be missed,” followed by a quick segue (he’s a professional) to a story about heart medication. Watch the clip below:

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Abby:

“In plain English, there’s a whole lot of weed on the ballot tonight.”

–Brian Williams on NBC News Election Night

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday, Nov. 6 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

Read more:
Election 2012: From Brian Williams to Jon Stewart to Shep Smith, how each network covered the election
Diane Sawyer’s election night performance spurs jokes from Twitterverse
The President, Stephen Colbert, and TV news describe the Obama future

Your Hidden Gems of Election 2012!

CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?

Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY

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