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(Video) With Ann Curry Pushed Aside, Savannah Guthrie Expected to Get Spot on Today Couch

The rumors have been running rampant. The speculation has been speeding through the blogosphere. This morning it became a reality! A teary-eyed Ann Curry left the Today Show as co-anchor with Matt Lauer. In one of television’s more emotional goodbyes, Curry started the final segment before 9 a.m. announcing, “This is not easy to say.”

By the time she finished the sentence telling millions that it was her final time on the program in that capacity, her voice cracked.

Curry will remain a part of Today.

“They’re giving some fancy, new titles, which essentially means that I’m going to get tickets to every big story we want to cover,” Curry says.

Curry, co-anchor with Lauer since Meredith Vieira walked away last year, saved her most emotional moment for last.

“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line,” Curry says. “But man, I did try.”

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Ann Curry, Tyra Banks, Peggy Noonan Receive 2012 Matrix Awards

Eight influential women were honored this afternoon at the New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Awards. The event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria and emceed by NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.

Katie Couric, who presented a Matrix Award to Tyra Banks, walked the red carpet before the ceremony with a stool so the pair could (sort of) stand shoulder-to-shoulder (pictured). “I feel like I’m standing next to Shaquille O’Neal!” Couric quipped.

Couric’s ABC news colleagues  Josh Elliott, “20/20″ EP David Sloan and SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider attended to honor Walt Disney EVP and chief communications officer Zenia Mucha. Mucha was presented by Barbara Walters.

In her speech, Walters said Mucha, a first-generation immigrant who lived in Poland until she was 9, “might just have the toughest job of anyone I know.”

“Even Mickey Mouse doesn’t make a move without checking with Zenia,” Walters said. Read more

Honesty | Swallow it All | Do it

Dirty Wendy | The Joke | Whine On

  • SocialTimes: An ex-Wendy’s employee posted a YouTude video that documented various health code violations at one of the chain’s locations in upstate New York. Noted: Never eat at any Wendy’s in upstate New York.
  • TVNewser: Watch Ellen Degeneres prank Meredith Vieira.
  • MediaJobsDaily: Millennials complain that they get a bad rep, which only adds to their bad rep.

Meredith Vieira Chooses Husband Over LA

Among the many east coast media folks in town this week for Tuesday’s Alliance of Women in Media Gracie Awards gala was Meredith Vieira, voted Outstanding Anchor-News.

Leah Sydney, the west coast stringer for Roger Friedman‘s Showbiz 411, caught up with Vieira to discuss The Today Show host’s maiden movie producing effort, Return. The drama was the only American entry in this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight and stars Linda Cardellini as a discharged U.S. soldier struggling to re-adapt to life in a Rust Belt community.

Vieira confessed that she loves LA and if up to her, she would happily relocate here to become an Ivy lunch regular. But life’s not that simple:

“I would [move] in a second. My husband is a real east coast person, though. He told me to go if I want and take the kids and the dog. I love it here, but I love my husband more.”

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Charlie Sheen Gets a Comic Book

There’s not much left to laugh at when it comes to Charlie Sheen. Per tonight’s latest “Sheen’s Korner” Internet broadcast, the actor is still – albeit in a more scripted, Teleprompter form – desperately trying to channel the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson.

In lieu of accompanying illustrations from gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, Sheen fans can instead look forward to an upcoming graphic novel from Bluewater Productions. Other media stars given this treatment by the Vancouver, WA company include the much saner quartet of Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, and Meredith Vieira, for the title Female Force: Women in Media.

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Devout Scientologist Kirstie Alley’s New Diet Products Are Not in Anyway Related to Scientology…Wink Wink

Today’s Meredith Vieira asked fat-exploiter Kirstie Alley if her new line of supplements are a front for the completely unscientific Scientology. “It’s bullshit,” declared Alley.

MSNBC reports:

Vieira said that several Web sites and Scientology critics have reported that the directors of Alley’s company are top-level Scientologists, and that the business’s address is at the same building that houses Scientology offices in Clearwater, Fla.

Gee Meredith, think you can give a girl a break? Just because the directors, creators and public face are Scientologists doesn’t mean it’s in anyway Scientology.

Leno’s Back at Late Night Line-Up: American Heroes and Zeros

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NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.

From NYT:

Monday, March 1 – Guests include Jamie Foxx, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White

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NY Media Gather For Cronkite|Which Journos Were Called On At Last Night’s Presser?|Tribune Seeks Millions For Bonuses|National Geographic Publishes Readers Photos|Everyone Trusts Jon Stewart

TVNewser: Walter Cronkite‘s funeral was today, and here’s a peek at some of the people in attendance. The crowd included Bob Schieffer, Les Moonves, Katie Couric, Connie Chung, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Brian Williams, Barbara Walters, Charlie Gibson, Tom Brokaw, Andy Rooney, Dan Rather and Meredith Vieira.

FishbowlDC: A run-down of who was called on to ask questions at the president’s press conference last night.

Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Tribune asked the bankruptcy court to allow millions of dollars in bonus payments to more than 700 employees.

Folio: National Geographic magazine is planning to publish a special edition “Your Shot” issue featuring photos submitted by readers.

Time/All Things Digital: It’s a big news day for Jon Stewart. A Time online poll found Stewart was the most trusted newscaster in America, but a segment from his show making fun of President Barack Obama‘s opening pitch of the MLB All Star game has been blocked by the league.

Video: Exclusive Interviews Live at the Matrix Awards

touby_4-28.jpgDanyLevyVideo.jpg mediabistro.com was on the scene at Monday’s 39th annual Matrix Awards honoring women’s achievements in the communications industry. Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira, a past winner and this year’s emcee, told TVNewser before the ceremony began, “This is a room full of such accomplished women, it’s a little mind-boggling.”

mediabistro.com founder and senior vice president Laurel Touby caught up with Daily Candy founder and editorial director Dany Levy (who sold her company for $125 million in August 2008), ProPublica editor-in-chief Paul Steiger, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket, and Studio 360 anchor Kurt Andersen to discuss the future of the media industry, with the news of Portfolio‘s closure as a catalyst for conversation.

Watch the videos to find out what they had to say about Portfolio‘s demise and more, after the jump…

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