Though she is only five months pregnant, speculation has already begun on who will take over for Savannah Guthrie during her maternity leave from The Today Show. The Daily News reported that both Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira are being eyed to return to their old desk positions next to Matt Lauer, but since they each have their own separate projects in the works for Yahoo and NBC, respectively, it seems unlikely they would commit to another (though temporary) full-time gig. While I don’t think Ann Curry should be sitting by her phone any time soon, below are some morning people who could get the wake up call when Guthrie is expected to take a leave later this summer. READ FULL STORY
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Kathie Lee Gifford and Ramona Singer have a few things in common. They are both successful women working and living in New York City and they’ve both taken their love of wine to the next level by starting their own brands. But that doesn’t mean the Today show host knows who the Real Housewives of New York City star is! Gifford stopped by SiriusXM’s EW Radio for TV Editors Hour, and in a chat with Jessica Shaw and Tanner Stransky about her Gift wine brand, KLG recounted an awkward moment when Singer cornered her for marriage advice. Listen to the clip below:
The Stark kids from Game of Thrones have had to battle a lot in Westeros on the hit HBO series. But how would they fare up against some other famous TV and film kids?
Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who play the three siblings on the show, joined Today’s Orange Room for a game of Versus. In these hypothetical match-ups, the trio had to decide if their characters could beat the kids from The Hunger Games, The Simpsons and everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Well, everyone, except Turner that is.
“Oh, Potter. Sorry, but they’re so stupid. Come on, Harry finds all the loopholes, but he’s not actually a good wizard,” Turner laughed.
You may be surprised by some of their answers. Let’s just say, good thing Hermione is always there to save the day. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
No matter where Michael Keaton goes, he’s constantly asked about Beetlejuice and Batman. So it must have been refreshing to appear on this morning’s Today show to promote Need for Speed, his new action movie based on the popular video game. And then Savannah Guthrie asked him about Beetlejuice and Batman, God bless her.
Tim Burton, who directed both 1980s movies, has never hid his enthusiasm for another Beetlejuice, and last fall, he seemed ready to produce or direct a sequel based on a script from screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) and David Katzenberg. It’s sad to contemplate a sequel without Keaton as the gonzo poltergeist, but 24 years later, who knew if Keaton was truly game?
Well, turns out he’s game. “I’ve been talking about it for years and saying it’s the one thing — if I ever did anything again, it would be that, or I’d want to do that,” Keaton told Guthrie. “The rumors would — they’ve risen before and fallen away — and now if Tim [Burton] is involved, and I think he might be involved, if Tim would be involved, I would be more than interested.”
Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY
Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.
The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”
Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”
Next August, NBC viewers will be able to watch one eccentric billionaire launch himself and his children into the final frontier — provided everything goes according to plan.
Matt Lauer announced on Today this morning that NBC plans to broadcast Virgin Galactic’s very first passenger spaceflight live. As of now, the company is on track to send the world’s inaugural space tourists — Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his children, Holly and Sam — up through the atmosphere in August 2014, though Peacock Productions president Sharon Scott cautions that there’s a chance that goal may not be met. “They are hoping for August, but it’s completely engineering-driven,” Scott told NBC News before today’s big announcement. “There’s no guarantee for that. August is the desire.”
Branson, of course, betrayed no hint of uncertainty on Today, bearing only excitement and a big, wolfish grin: “[It's] eight years in the making,” he told Matt Lauer, sounding like a proud dad at his kid’s college graduation. “It’s going to be a beautiful baby when it’s finally finished.” Nearly 700 members of the one percent have already signed up to take Virgin spaceflights, he said — including both Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Hawking.
Looks like Stephen Colbert was a little too soon to propose a new Today show segment: “Where in the World is Matt Lauer’s Dignity?”
As announced yesterday, both Lauer and his Today pal Al Roker underwent live prostate exams on the air this morning. (And yes, there was a method to their madness: The show is supporting the men’s health initiative No Shave November, which raises awareness for issues like prostate and testicular cancer.)
In case you’re curious: Lauer’s prostate is A-okay. Roker’s is — gulp — a little enlarged, “but not terrible” according to Dr. David Samadi.
Though the procedure is a little uncomfortable, Lauer guesses that there’s something else holding men back from getting their exams: “I think a lot of guys are also concerned about the embarrassment factor of it, so my advice would be find a doctor you’re very comfortable with.” And don’t worry, he continued: “That embarrassment factor is not going to be an issue.” I mean, as long as your name is “Matt Lauer.”
Is anything quite as heartwarming as the forced merriment of a morning show Halloween?
Take Today, for example, which really went all out with a set of costumes themed around classic TV shows. (Did most of those originally air on NBC? You bet your wax lips they did!) Al Roker was B.A. Baracus from The A-Team; Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie were Laverne and Shirley; Carson Daly was Officer Baker from CHiPs, alongside Erik Estrada as “Erik Estrada’s younger self;” Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford went as Flintstones ladies Wilma and Betty. (Hoda: “Hey Wilma, you know what? It’s ‘Thirsty Thursday!’ You know what that means?” Kathie Lee, perhaps already hammered: “Brontosaurus burger and a pterodactyl tequila.”)
The best outfit, however, belonged to Matt Lauer, who got gussied up in full Pamela Anderson drag to become C.J. from Baywatch. (As you see above, Willie Geist was David Hasselhoff; Carmen Electra was the ghost of sex symbols past.) See all the gang’s in-character shenanigans below…
Newsflash, guys: All along, Miley’s been acting this way because she wants attention. I’ll pause while you pick your fallen monocles off the floor.
The 20-year-old revealed her dastardly strategy this morning on Today, telling Matt Lauer that her notorious VMAs performance “went exactly as planned” — after all, “it’s a month later and we’re still talking about it.” And when Lauer asked Cyrus if she’s surprised by the attention she’s been getting lately, Cyrus answered, “Not really. I mean, it’s kind of what I want. I’m an artist so I’m hoping I get a little attention. Otherwise, my record sales might be a little sketch.”
Quelle surprise! What’s next, the notion that men find Scarlett Johansson attractive?
Amanda Knox spoke with Matt Lauer on the Today show this morning about her upcoming retrial for the 2007 murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox, who’d been free after an appeal, returned to the United States in Oct. 2011. In 10 days, the Italian court will re-try her for the crime, but she will not attend the trial.
“Besides the fact that there are so many factors that are not allowing me to go back — financial ones, ones where I’m going to school, ones where I want the court to proceed without distraction,” she explained. “I was imprisoned as an innocent person. It’s common sense not to go back.”
When Lauer pressed her, saying that as a prosecutor not going back sounds like an admission of guilt, Knox countered, “I was already imprisoned as an innocent person in Italy, and I can’t reconcile the choice to go back with that experience. It’s not a possibility, as I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can’t relive that.” READ FULL STORY
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