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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.”


Anne Hathaway addresses 'Les Mis' premiere wardrobe malfunction -- VIDEO

Matt Lauer doesn’t mess around. When he greeted Anne Hathaway on the Today show this morning, the host got right down to business: “Good to see you,” he said. “Seen a lot of you lately.”

Lauer, of course, was referring to Hathaway’s major wardrobe malfunction at Monday’s Les Mis premiere. While exiting her car in a tight Tom Ford gown, the Oscar nominee accidentally flashed a crowd of photographers — who quickly noticed that Hathaway wasn’t wearing underwear.

The actress was clearly reluctant to discuss the mishap with Lauer. But after some prodding, she launched into an articulate response that skillfully turned the question on its head: “Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident,” she began. “It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which takes us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is.”

Boom! Did Hathaway miss her calling? She’d make a great PR flack, or maybe a high-powered lawyer.


Photographer behind controversial 'New York Post' subway cover defends himself -- VIDEO

This certainly won’t win the Post any points with Alec Baldwin.

Yesterday, the Big Apple’s most notorious tabloid created a firestorm of controversy with a cover that depicts a man about to be hit and killed by an oncoming subway train. The victim, Ki-Suck Han of Queens, was reportedly pushed onto the tracks by an unknown assailant; he died Monday.

Though most agree that publishing the photo this way — and with a headline reading “DOOMED” — was in poor taste, opinions are divided with regard to whether the picture’s photographer, Post freelancer R. Umar Abbasi, should have tried harder to help Han. It’s an ethics question as old as journalism: When a subject is in danger, what are the journalist’s responsibilities?

Abbasi defended his actions during a somber Today segment this morning, telling Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that he was standing on the opposite end of the subway platform from Han when Han was shoved into the train’s path. “It took me a second to figure out what was happening,” he said when Lauer asked if he had immediately started taking pictures. “The guy got up and was trying to get as close to the edge of the platform, and I saw the lights in the distance of the approaching train. And the only thing I could think of at that time was to alert the driver with my camera flash. And I started running.”


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