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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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White House Lockdown as TV Meteorologists Descend on Washington

The White House went on lockdown this afternoon just as local and national TV news meteorologists were planning live shots as part of the White House climate change report released earlier today. Security officials closed the gates, cleared the North Lawn, and asked occupants to stay inside the building after they spotted a blue Honda Civic parked near the White House’s front entrance.

According to secret service, the driver of the car was a “Treasury Department pass holder” who was not authorized to cross the secure perimeter. The lockdown was lifted after about 15 minutes.

NBC’s Al Roker and ABC meteorologist Ginger Zee (CBS’s morning show does not have a staff weatherperson) along with six meteorologists from local stations sat down with President Obama today for interviews on climate change. But a few also asked about the situation in Nigeria and how far the U.S. is willing to go to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls being held by terror group Boko Haram.

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Savannah Guthrie Dreamt She Kissed a Colleague; Matt Lauer Hates the Orange Couch

TodaySet1It’s National Honesty Day, honestly. So this morning the “Today” show anchors revealed a truth they’ve been keeping secret. “I had a dream that I kissed a member of the ‘Today’ show cast who shall remain nameless,” Savannah Guthrie admitted. “Male or female?” Al Roker asked. Guthrie said male, but left it at that.

“Mine’s a simple one,” said Matt Lauer. “I hate the orange couch.” Natalie Morales and Savannah piled on: “I hate it too! …we don’t like it either. “ ”It drives me crazy every time i sit down,” Lauer said. As for Al Roker, he admitted that he’s a “shy person.”

“You were not all that shy when Savannah was kissing you in your dream,” said Lauer.

Something tells me “Today” will be skipping National Honesty Day next April 30.

Vice President Biden’s Advice to Al Roker: ‘Listen to the Doctors’

Joining the “Today” show via a Google+ hangout Friday, Al Roker revealed he got a surprise phone call from Vice President Joe Biden after his shoulder surgery this week. “[He] told me I have to listen to the doctors. He said I impress him as someone who doesn’t listen to the doctors,” Roker said. “…We are moving ever-so-closer to getting the Vice President to the 9 a.m. hour.” Watch:

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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Al Roker Recovering From Shoulder Surgery

RokerCrowdWith Al Roker recovering from shoulder surgery, a 2D version of Mr. Roker appeared in Rockefellre Pllaza (right). This morning Matt Lauer said Roker’s doing well following the rotator cuff surgery Wednesday morning. “He mentioned pain killers,” Savannah Guthrie added.

 

Matt Lauer, Al Roker Jump the ‘Sharknado’

RokerLauerSharknadoIn a great feat of corporate synergy, NBC News anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker will have bit parts in the sequel to Syfy’s “Sharknado” appropriately titled “Sharknado 2.” NBC and Syfy are both NBCU networks.

Lauer and Roker shot their cameo yesterday in the “Today” show studio. The film drops on Syfy July 30.

More, from a tipster: There was a sign in the WABC lobby today that they were filming a Sharknado segment with “Kelly and Michael.”

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‘We Are So Not Feeling Your Apps’

Matt Lauer caught some flak from his “Today” colleagues this morning over his suggestions for smartphone apps to download over the weekend. Lauer’s picks started off okay with “Glympse,” an app that allows users to share their location for a set period of time, but got a little strange with “RunPee,” an app that alerts moviegoers to the best time to go to the bathroom without missing any important scenes.

“We are so not feeling your apps, I’m sorry,” Tamron Hall told Lauer. “You’re 0/2,” Al Roker chimed in. Watch:

Happy Birthday Willard Scott

WillardScottHere’s what’s happening in Willard Scott‘s world “even as we speak.” Usually, he’s the one giving the birthday shout-outs, so today we wish the former “Today” show weatherman a happy 80th birthday. Al Roker wished his predecessor a happy 80th during the 8am hour of “Today.”  These days, Scott makes occasional appearances on the show — the most recent on Feb. 27 — sending birthday wishes to viewers who are a good 20 years older than he is today.

Forget The Younger Demo: It’s Now Diane Sawyer vs. Brian Williams for Baby Demo

“World News” anchor Diane Sawyer apparently didn’t like Brian Williamssuggestion that she had anything to do with a video showing a baby crying uncontrollably at the mere sight of him, so “World News” reached out to the baby’s family to do a little test.

“Hey Brian Williams and Al Roker — Don’t blame Diane anymore. Baby Jude has options, you know. We talked to his parents. This seems to be working…” read a Facebook prelude to a new video showing the baby watching Sawyer vs. Williams.

To the untrained eye, it isn’t clear whether the baby feels a soothing effect from Sawyer, who he has no reaction to, or has for some unknown reason a hardwired fear of Williams, who he continues to cry upon seeing his image on TV.

As both Williams and we jokingly pointed out —the baby’s father’s role in his son’s preferred TV news anchor seems suspect, with baby Jude seeming to be goaded on by dad to fear the “Nightly News” anchor.

You be the judge.

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