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Who will replace Matt Lauer? Who cares!

The search for the next host of Today feels like a reality competition series—with the lowest stakes imaginable and a thankless grand prize.

Last week, as the Today show’s agonizingly slow (and publicly denied) effort to expel Matt Lauer from its eco-system blistered open with stories in New York magazine and The New York Times, an old joke about academia—or maybe morning shows—came to mind: “Why is the infighting so vicious? Because the stakes are so low.” I’m not talking about money: This is, in network-ese, a “day-part” in which salaries are measured in the millions, ratings twitches in the tens of millions, and annual revenue in the half-billion dollars that Today is said to bring NBC. But culturally, who is going to replace Matt Lauer no longer amounts to a hill of beans except to the people involved, and the slightly less than 2 percent of Americans who watch the show. This sort of changing of the guard is often described as a tectonic shift, but if so, it’s an earthquake that’s happening on a tiny planet populated by stick figures inside a snow globe. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown takes apology tour to 'Today': 'What I did was totally wrong' -- VIDEO

April 1 probably wasn’t the best choice of date for Chris Brown’s big Today mea culpa. Even so, the troubled singer opened up to Matt Lauer on this morning’s show, easily fielding questions about his volatile relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna and earnestly expressing how much he’s changed since his 2009 felony assault charge. (The windows in Today‘s dressing rooms must be breathing a sigh of relief.)

After a few cursory inquiries about Brown’s new album, X, Lauer got down to brass tacks. The anchor asked Brown to describe how he’s matured since entering the music industry as a teenager, and then made his own assessment: “The biggest difference I would note and tell our viewers about is right now, you are agreeing to sit down and talk about things that you hadn’t talked about over the last three years.”

Brown responded with a nod, a smile, and a monologue: “I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is. But most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal with myself and forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to Rihanna, and being able to be that man that can be a man, you know?” Later, Brown noted that he wants his music to “inspire the world” — and, more specifically, “people that have been in my situation.” I’m not even going to touch that one.


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.


Kate Upton calls her would-be prom date, still checking her schedule -- VIDEO

Jake Davidson, the 17-year-old who asked supermodel Kate Upton to his prom, had no problem talking to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Today about his adorable YouTube video. But then, Sports Illustrated‘s two-time swimsuit issue covergirl dialed in, and well, he acted like you or I would.

Watch the exchange below.


Matt Lauer talks Ann Curry's messy 'Today' departure

In June of 2012, a tearful Ann Curry revealed that she was leaving the Today show. The decision to exit clearly hadn’t been Curry’s own to make: “For all of you that saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line — but man I did try,” she told viewers as colleagues Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales lent moral support.

To some, that support didn’t seem quite supportive enough — especially in Lauer’s case. Many viewers placed responsibility for Curry’s awkward ousting and the show’s dwindling ratings squarely on Lauer’s shoulders. Even Al Roker apparently played the blame game; in August, he made a quip about NBC anchors throwing each other “under the bus” that seemed aimed in Lauer’s direction. (NBC maintained that the joke had nothing to do with Curry.)

According to an interview with Lauer on The Daily Beast, things got so bad at one point that he told NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke that he’d “get out of the way” if Burke thought Today would be better off without him. Burke brushed off Lauer’s offer, calling him “the best person who’s ever done this” — but even so, Lauer evidently still has some residual guilt over the Curry fiasco. READ FULL STORY

Valerie Harper talks cancer on 'Today' and 'The Doctors': 'I'm not dying until I do' -- VIDEO

Valerie Harper is facing her terminal cancer diagnosis with the class and optimism she’s exuded since her early days on The Mary Tyler Moore show.

The woman behind Rhoda Morgenstern revealed last week that she’s suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer that strikes the membranes surrounding the brain. But judging from her appearances on two talk-shows today, you’d never guess that Harper is even sick — though her voice was sounding a bit raspy, due to a case of laryngitis unrelated to her illness.

The four-time Emmy winner appeared first on Today to discuss her disease and her prognosis. As a healthy-looking Harper explained to Savannah Guthrie, the cancer she’s facing is incurable. Even so, it’s also not an immediate death sentence. “It could be a week, it could be three months, it could be several years” before she succumbs to the disease, Harper explained, adding that she’s determined to make the most of whatever time she has left: “I have an intention to live each moment fully.” The bottom line? “I’m not dying until I do.”


Paul Rudd and his glorious 'Anchorman' mustache visit 'Today' -- VIDEO

Sex panther Paul Rudd appeared on the Today show this morning, nominally to promote his upcoming comedy Admission. Unfortunately, I can barely remember what he said about that movie, which co-stars Tina Fey, because I couldn’t take my eyes off of Rudd’s groovy ’70s ‘stache — which he’s regrown in honor of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. He’s like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair!

Information about the Anchorman sequel is still scarce. When asked about it on Today, Rudd says only that getting the old gang back together has been “surreal.” Still, just seeing that upper lip cozy back where it belongs should give Channel Four fans everywhere a little rush of delight. Sixty percent of the time, the ‘stache works every time:


'Saved by the Bell' mini-reunion: Mr. Belding quizzes Kelly on TV trivia -- VIDEO

The stars of the ’80s and ’90s are usually happy to play along when talk show hosts insist on referencing their beloved, long-dead projects. But sometimes, those stars just don’t feel like dwelling on the past.

Take, for example, Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen, who was unpleasantly surprised this morning when her Today show appearance was interrupted by a surprise guest: Dennis Haskins, a.k.a. goofy Mr. Belding. Please note Thiessen’s face, which looks just how you’d look if your high school principal showed up at your birthday party:


Hoax mastermind tells Dr. Phil he loved Manti Te'o -- VIDEO

Jon Stewart’s arch-nemesis is finally speaking out — and this morning, Today aired a preview of his upcoming interview with Dr. Phil McGraw.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spent over two years pretending to be Lennay Kekua, a fictional young woman who caught the eye of Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o. He created a variety of social media profiles for her and even spoke to Te’o on the phone as Lennay, using a voice Te’o assumed to be a woman’s. Though questions about whether Te’o knew Kekua wasn’t real arose when the scandal broke a few weeks ago, Tuiasosopo told McGraw that Te’o absolutely wasn’t in on the hoax.

He also revealed that he was in love with Te’o:  READ FULL STORY

Cissy Houston talks Whitney in emotional 'Today' interview -- VIDEO

Warning: Watching the following segment will probably give you a serious case of the sads.

Gospel great Cissy Houston stopped by the Today show this morning to talk about her new book, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped – and while the singer remained calm and composed even as Savannah Guthrie asked tough questions about her daughter’s drug abuse, Cissy’s quiet, stoic grief was somehow even more poignant than hysterics would have been.

The 79-year-old is still clearly in mourning — “I miss her so much I can’t even express it,” she said at one point. Cissy told Guthrie that she doesn’t blame Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown for anything, and that sometimes tragedies are just inexplicable — “Good mothers and good fathers and good families don’t always have great children. Bad people have good children… It’s all their responsibility when they get to a certain age to choose their way. [Whitney] was taught, she knew the way.”


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