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‘Today’ Anchors Discuss ‘Tumultuous Day’ During Christmas Tree Lighting

TodayTreeGrandJuryNBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was the most-watched program on TV last night, with 9.38 million viewers tuning in, and a 5.8 Household rating. The show came in second to “Survivor” in the A18-49 demo in the 8pmET hour.

As the show was hosted by “Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, the news of the day was not overlooked. “It’s been a bit of an emotional and even tumultuous day here in New York City,” said Lauer. “It’s been a day of protests, in some cases even close to where we’re broadcasting tonight because of a grand jury decision earlier in the day,” Guthrie added.

“So even as we do welcome the holiday season, we have to say, we hope it will be a healthy, a joyous and a peaceful holiday season for everyone,” added Lauer.

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Willie Geist and Carson Daly Undergo Live Testicular Cancer Exams

“Today” show hosts  Willie Geist and Carson Daly underwent testicular cancer exams on live TV this morning. The procedure was part of “No-Shave Today,” an initiative to heighten awareness of men’s health. Last year, it was Matt Lauer and Al Roker undergoing prostate exams.

“It’s a nerve-wracking thing because at any moment you’re afraid the doctor is going to say they’re discovering something,” Daly said.

‘Today’ Hosts Laugh Off Reports Of Being Fired: ‘What Are You Doing Here?’

“Today” poked fun at a spate of recent reports, including the rumor hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist had been fired. “Natalie and I walked into work yesterday and looked at each other and said, ‘what are you doing here?’” Geist joked.

Geist added that the support he’d received on Twitter and Facebook after the false report “blew me away. It just reaffirmed for me how special this show is.”

Al Roker also joked about a Page Six piece suggesting NBC had held an “Al Roker intervention” after “a series of cringe-worthy live gaffes.” “You can’t trust anything I say,” Roker joked.

NBC News Boss on US Weekly ‘Today’ Show Story: ‘The Rumors are Wrong — Period’


This is NOT the “Today” show’s week.

US Weekly went waaaaay out on a limb this morning with a piece claiming that two “Today” show hosts were fired.

Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales “were recently told they were fired,” an NBC source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells Us.

None of that is true, say NBC and CBS and ABC.

When we asked whether Geist has “lined up a gig” at CBS News, spokesperson Sonya McNair told TVNewser, “No.” When we asked ABC if Morales is in talks with that network, we were told the network doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation. (Morales is under contract with NBC News for two more years, until November, 2016.)

As for NBC, network news president Deborah Turness is crystal clear: “the rumors are wrong — period:”

NBC’s TODAY has the best anchor team in morning television. The entire TODAY show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.

The US Weekly story is a byproduct of the firing of “Today” show SVP Jamie Horowitz earlier this week. Read more

Al Roker Sets World Record with ‘Rokerthon’

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 8.04.52 AMCall him Al Roker, Guinness World Record holder for the longest continuous weather forecast. Just after eight a.m., Roker’s “Rokerthon” hit the 34 hour mark with balloons and streamers. His voice raw, his body exhausted, Roker’s off for a long rest. “It was a huge team that did this”, Roker said, somehow able to remember the names of people who made Rokerthon happen. “Actually, I had nothing to do with it,” he joked.

“We had so much weather going on,” Roker said, there was plenty to talk about.

And the effort will pay off for charity. Rokerthon raised nearly $70,000 for the USO.

‘Rokerthon’ Gives New Meaning to ‘Live Stream’ With Bathroom Break Mic Mistake

Al Roker is tired. Or perhaps just punchy. He’s been delivering a nearly continuous weather forecast since 10 p.m. Wednesday, and sometime overnight he neglected to turn off his microphone before using the bathroom. As Roker put it later, it “gives new meaning to ‘live stream’.”

On a brighter note, the #Rokerthon is one of the top trending topics in the country at midday.

And, He’s Off: The ‘Rokerthon’ Begins

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And so it begins. As of 10 p.m., with a push of a bright red button that activated a large digital clock, Al Roker has embarked on the “Rokerthon”–an attempt to break a Guinness World Record by carrying on the longest uninterrupted weather broadcast. So, for the next 34 hours, if you need the weather, just check in with Al. He’ll be on a livestream at day and night until the 8 a.m. weather segment on “Today” on Friday morning.

Why do this? It’s a fundraiser, for the USO–with more than $21,000 pledged by kickoff.

We’re told Roker’s got a detailed plan for keeping his energy up during the long, long forecast–as reported by NBC’s “Today”:

While Al wants to avoid too much caffeine and try to bank some sleep leading up to the attempt, it’s really what he does during the all-nighter that will determine his success, says NBC Universal’s Dr. Tanya Benenson, who has consulted with Al about the event.

“For this situation, I recommended avoiding pure carbs —which can be tempting in the middle of the night for a quick energy fix,” Benenson told “This will lead to crashes, which really zaps energy. Protein-fat combinations are ideal like nuts, apple and peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cheese, that kind of thing. Al brought up salmon jerky, which is a great idea.”

Al Roker Will Attempt World Record Forecast

“Today” show and Weather Channel host Al Roker will attempt a Guinness World Record next week for the longest uninterrupted weather report: 34 hours!

Rokerthon kicks off Wednesday at 10pmET on, continues all day Thursday and ends — Roker hopes — at 8am Friday on the “Today” show. And boy, will he be ripe. At least he won’t have to worry about shaving. Roker’s weather reports will air across NBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” on NBC affiliates and the Weather Channel.

It’s all part of Roker’s Shine a Light campaign for the USO and challenges the current record of 24 hours.

While this may be his longest forecast, did you hear the one about Roker’s first regular weather gig? It came at Syracuse station WHEN (now WTVH) when the regular weatherman inadvertently used a word that rhymes with “front” on live TV. Let’s just hope something similar doesn’t slip during Rokerthon.


The Evening Ticker: Lauer, Suratt, Kelly

  • The “Today” show kicked off its second annual No-Shave “Today.” Matt Lauer, Al RokerWillie Geist and Carson Daly will once again grow beards this month to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.

  • Samuel T. Suratt, the Archivist for CBS News for more than 20 years from 1969 to 1991, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in New York City. He was 81.

  • In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly got the “Saturday Night Live” treatment over the weekend. Cecily Strong played the FNC anchor for SNL’s cold open, which focused on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s defense of Ebola quarantines. WATCH:

Morning in Prime: Norah O’Donnell on ‘Blue Bloods;’ Al Roker Cut From ‘Mysteries’

RokerLauraIt’s corporate synergy at its finest, and just in time for November Sweeps.

Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning” makes a cameo on an upcoming episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” The result was some nice cross promotion, as “CTM” shot a segment about the scene which was filmed at Studio 57. That episode airs next Friday.

NBC had a similar approach when the “Today” show’s Al Roker filmed a scene for an upcoming episode of “The Mysteries of Laura.” Unfortunately for Roker fans, the scene was left on the cutting room floor. “You were cut?,” Willie Geist asked this morning. “I was cut,” Roker confirmed, “My cameo never made it into the show.”

Check out both scenes, after the jump… Read more