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:
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At 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).
With 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.
Rotator cuff repair this am. Thanks to Dr. Riley Williams and his team, back to pitching middle relief for the Yankees before you know it
— Al Roker (@alroker) April 2, 2014
In 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.”
Here’s a sneak peak: Read more
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.
Here’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.
“World News” anchor Diane Sawyer apparently didn’t like Brian Williams‘ suggestion 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.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.
The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.
ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.
Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.
Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.
With the Olympics coming to a close, the “Today” show crew is headed back to New York. Before they left Sochi, the anchors looked back at their favorite moments from the games, including the USA vs. Russia men’s hockey game that ended in an overtime shootout and Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s attempt at the double luge.
This week, the show is looking to keep the momentum going: “Today” has interviews slated with several Olympic athletes, including gold-medal figure skating pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will perform on the ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza. “Today” will also debut an enhanced fan experience on the Plaza, letting visitors register ahead of time when they plan to come to the show.
The show will also launch “Love Your Selfie,” a series of reports on body image. As part of the reports, the show will collect selfies and post them on the “Today” website, and the anchors will examine their own body image insecurities. The series will kick off with Jenna Bush Hager interviewing Michelle Obama.
Jimmy Fallon officially took the helm of “The Tonight Show” last night with a star-studded debut that was the show’s first broadcast from New York in 42 years. Fallon reserved part of his monologue for NBC colleagues Matt Lauer and Al Roker, who learned (or attempted) to luge on the Olympic track in full spandex last week. “You can’t unsee that,” Fallon said of the stunt. “Actually, the screaming actually came from their sled.” Watch: