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Matt Lauer to Jimmy Fallon: ‘I Gotta Get Up Early for the ‘Today’ Show, so Cut the Bullsh*t’

Popping up on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, Matt Lauer grew tired of Fallon ignoring his audience’s wishes.

“Stop beating around the bush, listen to your audience, listen to that man…it’s for his wife,” Lauer implored Fallon, who had been declining his audience’s request to perform the “Gangnam Style” dance.

“I gotta get up early for the ‘Today’ show, so cut the bullsh*t,” Lauer said, raising a boom box with the song blaring. Jimmy finally caved, but didn’t quite meet Lauer’s performance standards.

Is Stephen Colbert More Informative Than TV News?

stephen colbert_304x200Informative might not be the first description that comes to mind when mentioning Stephen Colbert, but a new study suggests his activism during the 2012 presidential cycle trumped TV news.

Apparently, Colbert’s satirical super PAC and faux 2012 presidential campaign did more to inform viewers on campaign finance laws than major news outlets.

According to the authors of a University of Pennsylvania study, watching “The Colbert Report” served as “an extended civics lesson” compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, broadcast evening news, talk radio, and newspapers.

“Colbert did better than any other news source at teaching,” Bruce W. Hardy, the lead author of the study, said. “There were two reasons. First was the narrative structure. He walked us through creating a super PAC and every episode was a continuation of that story. And second was the use of humor and satire.”

1,232 adults over 18 were surveyed over the phone for the study, which took place between December 13, 2012 and December 23, 2012.

‘GMA’ Anchors Meet Their Mini-Mes

It was a week of seeing double on “Good Morning America”: the ABC morning show featured pint-size versions of the “GMA” anchors this week, revealing them one at a time before they all got together for a turn at the anchor desk. Watch:

Confuse Anderson Cooper With Dr. Drew At Your Own Peril…

Earlier this week, Anderson Cooper made sure to note the differences between “Maroon 5′s” Adam Levine and himself; he also revealed the response an average person on the street can expect if they confuse him with HLN’s Dr. Drew Pinsky.

“I had someone yell at me on the street the other day, ‘Hey Dr. Drew,’ and I was like…’f*ck you,’” Cooper said while laughing. “Call me Wolf, call me an older, less cool Adam Levine…just don’t call me late for the ‘Ridiculist’.”

That Time ‘Chris Matthews’ Appeared as a Guest…on Fox News?

A funny moment on Fox News this afternoon when two of TV news’ Chris’ got momentarily confused for one another.

“Alright Chris Matthews, helping us do the math there out of Washington…Chris thank you,” Jon Scott said while wrapping a segment on “Happening Now.”

“Well, Chris Wallace, but close enough,” a laughing Wallace said.

“Boy…you don’t even look like him,” Scott added. “Thank God,” Wallace responded.


(h/t Mediaite)

Anderson Cooper Differentiates Himself From New ‘Platinum Bomb’ Celebrity Doppelganger

Cooper LevineAnderson Cooper 360′s” “Ridiculist” segment returned last night from a short hiatus, and Cooper made sure to point out the stark differences between him and a new celebrity doppelganger.

“This is pretty much the platinum bomb heard round the world…and some of the shrapnel happens to be hitting yours truly,” Cooper said about music star and “The Voice” co-host Adam Levine‘s new blond hairdo (see above).

First, Cooper lightheartedly noted Levine has been on the cover of “People Magazine” as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” while he has been the coverboy for WebMD with text that asks readers if they’re due for a prostate exam.

Cooper added one more for those still having trouble telling them apart: “Adam Levine is the lead singer of ‘Maroon 5,’ has ‘moves like Jagger,’ where I’ve always thought I have moves like Blitzer.”

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‘Cronkite and Murrow Never Had to Compete With Candy Crush or Netflix’

Mac King, a reporter at WNYW in New York City, poked fun this week at some of the more annoying frequently-used reporter phrases. King — who points out “Cronkite and Murrow never had to compete with Candy Crush or Netflix, but I do” — offered a satirical take at some of the “horrible crimes committed against our language every day” on TV.

On King’s list of violations: phrases like “in this exclusive live developing report,” abuse of the words “tragic, tragedy, horrible or heartbreaking,” unkept promises to “stay on this or bring you more details as they emerge,” improper use of irony, tacking “-gate” to the end of words to indicate a scandal, and much more. Watch:

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‘Today’ Show Hosts Share Prom Pictures

In honor of prom season and Throwback Thursday, the “Today” show hosts shared their own prom pictures this morning. Tamron Hall — who was voted “Best Dressed” at her prom –  said she “obviously dressed as Scarlett O’Hara,” while Matt Lauer joked about his oversized bowtie.

“That bow tie was actually a propeller. I could fly to the prom with that,” Lauer said. Watch:

[h/t HuffPo Media]

Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: ‘Let’s Be Clear… I Have Never Said Hippety, Never’

FallonWilliamsFor years, without knowing it, Brian Williams has been uttering the lyrics of Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice.” It took one of Jimmy Fallon‘s producers to turn it into late night viral gold. And it’s not the first time. For his part, Williams wants everyone to know, he has no part in Fallon’s “hobby.”

“Here’s the deal,” Williams said to Fallon in his first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, “Every night, I’m downstairs. I’m doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby and all this,” Williams joked. “And people think I’ve somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear… I have never said hippety, never.”

“You’ve done this to me 7 times,” Williams continued. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon said.

With cameos from Natalie Morales and Lester Holt, watch the Brian Williams version of “Gin and Juice” after the jump…

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‘SNL’ Lampoons CNN Alerts, Al Sharpton

CNNPregnancySNLLast Saturday night, “Fox & Friends” got another send-up on “Saturday Night Live.” Last night CNN’s breaking news alerts and MSNBC host Al Sharpton got the SNL treatment.

The CNN Pregnancy Test gives a hopeful couple an alert on everything but whether they’re having a baby. “The CNN take-home pregnancy test… for when you want to know, when they don’t know.”

In another skit, “Undercover Sharpton” imagines the Rev. Al Sharpton as an undercover FBI informant. Both clips after the jump…

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