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A.J. Clemente Gets a Pep Talk from Tom Brokaw

In the span of two hours this morning, A.J. Clemente got a chuckle out of Matt Lauer, he got a pep talk from Tom Brokaw and got a job offer — covering a red carpet movie premiere — from Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. (Thankfully for all involved, it’ll be on tape.)

The once (and only once) North Dakota anchor is in New York explaining why he uttered the words “fucking shit” at the start of the 5pm news on Bismark NBC affiliate KFYR Sunday. In his first stop on “Today” he told Lauer and Savannah Guthrie a number of factors, “a storm,” he called it, led him to utter the words. The show went on :30 early, he didn’t have IFB, there was a name in his second script he was having trouble pronouncing and, on top of it all, as this was his very first newscast, so he was nervous. He says he didn’t even realize he was caught on tape until the third commercial break when his news director told him. “I fully expected, you know, that they would fire me,” says Clemente who says he doesn’t hold a grudge.

Later, Clemente went on “Morning Joe,” where South Dakota native and news legend Tom Brokaw told Clemente it can happen to the best of them. “I made a huge gaffe when I was in Omaha at a very early age,” said Brokaw. “It wasn’t quite as, as explicit as yours was, by any means. On the other hand, it was confined to Omaha, because there was no social media.”

Clemente’s 15 minutes continues: he taped an interview with “Inside Edition,” he got an Instagram with Alan Alda and tonight as he goes on the “Late Show with David Letterman

Watch the “Today” and “Morning Joe” appearances after the jump.

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Safer, Sawyer, Gibson, O’Reilly Turn Out to Remember Don Hewitt

Hewitt_10.19.jpgThis morning the Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center was packed with friends and colleagues of legendary CBS Newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August.

In attendance, Hewitt’s “60 Minutes” correspondent corps including Morley Safer who spoke at the service. Andy Rooney sat in the third row, just across the aisle from Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly. A few seats from Rooney sat “Good Morning America” anchor Diane Sawyer, who was “60′s” first female correspondent. And one of the “60 Minutes’” originals, Mike Wallace, now 91 and in a wheelchair, attended this celebration of life for his former boss and friend.

Also in attendance ABC’s Charles Gibson, and former CBS News producers Jon Klein, now president of CNN/U.S. and Rome Hartman, now EP of BBC World News America.

“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, who took over for Hewitt in 2004, opened and closed the event which included clips from the CBS News special, “Tell Me a Story,” a retrospective of Hewitt’s life named for the guiding principle of his work.

Calling Hewitt, “The writer’s best friend,” Morley Safer said his boss of more than 30 years, ran either hot or cold as he paced the office on West 57th St. “Lukewarm was not our Don.”

“Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said he was humbled when he first met Hewitt, a giant at CBS News. “’60 Minutes’ made us the Tiffany network,” said Moonves. The actor Alan Alda, a personal friend said, “Don was a fountain of ideas and a torrent of hard work.”

Hewitt’s son-in-law Bill Cassara, who worked with Hewitt on “60 Minutes” and his great-nephew Robert Fishman also spoke, as did Joan Ganz Cooney the founder of the Children’s Television Workshop and a friend of Don and his wife Marilyn Berger Hewitt, a former White House correspondent for NBC News.

Many of those who remembered Hewitt talked of his beloved Mecox Bay. It was here, at his home in Bridgehampton, that Hewitt died from complications of pancreatic cancer August 19.

Party For Joy. Walters, Whoopi and More Gather at the Oak Room

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“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Barabara Walters celebrate Behar’s new HLN show at the Plaza Hotel last night.

The famed Oak Room at New York’s Plaza Hotel was the setting for a party last night to celebrate the launch of HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show“, premiering Tuesday at 9pmET. The party, thrown by Behar’s “The View” co-host Barbara Walters, was packed with boldface names from news and entertainment and from all the networks.

In introducing Behar, Walters joked about her new show, “We originally thought it was going to go to Starr Jones. Then we were sure it was going to be Rosie [O'Donnell]. But finally, finally it is Joy.”

Behar thanked Walters and her “new boss” at HLN, CNN Worldwide EVP, Ken Jautz. “He found me. I was a poor little girl on a network show, trying to get a word in edgewise.”

Behar tells us she is a little nervous, but more excited about the new show. Her first guest, was Johnny Carson‘s last guest: Bette Midler.

Behar’s soon to be HLN colleagues were all there: Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell and A.J. Hammer. CNN anchors Larry King, Anderson Cooper, T.J. Holmes, and Ali Velshi. CNN correspondents Alina Cho, Jason Carroll, Suzanne Malveaux (up from D.C. for U.N. week), and Jeanne Moos.

From NBC Hoda Kotb and Dawn Fratangelo; soon to be Fox Business host John Stossel, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Joan Rivers the Rev. Al Sharpton, Vera Wang, Lorraine Bracco and Alan Alda.

Behar’s “The View” co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg were on hand. From CNN and CBS News Erica Hill, and her Saturday “Early Show” co-anchor Chris Wragge and his WCBS co-anchor, and former MSNBC anchor, Kristine Johnson

CNN executives Jim Walton, Ken Jautz, Susan Grant and Jon Klein.

We’d just arrived when guest Suze Orman began telling us her concern that there’s something fishy about losing her once-commanding lead our GMA co-anchor off. “It’s physically impossible to gain that much,” said Orman of the lead now held by Ashleigh Banfield.

• More pictures after the jump and Monday on TVNewser, an interview with Behar and Jautz…

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Dan Abrams’ New Role

Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici catches up with Dan Abrams about his cameos in a new fictionalized teleplay of the Valerie Plame-Judith Miller story. Bercovici writes, “Kate Beckinsale playing a glammed-up version of Miller, the New York Times reporter who went to jail for refusing to say who had leaked her the name of a CIA operative.”

Abrams plays himself, a TV talker discussing l’affaire de Plame. In one of his scenes, the special prosecutor (played by Matt Dillon) yells “Turn that guy off!” Dan’s dad, noted First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, has a more extensive role in the film.

Nothing but the Truth also stars Alan Alda, Angela Bassett and Noah Wyle (wait, weren’t they all on ER at one time or another?)

> More: Spoiler-ific review from someone who saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival…

Hawkeye and Trapper Talk Biz

Former Republican presidential candidate (on The West Wing) Alan Alda appeared yesterday on Fox Business Network with his former co-star on M*A*S*H, and current FBN contributor, Wayne Rogers. The segment took place during a special edition of America’s Nightly Scoreboard at 4pmET. So that would be Alan Alda in M*A*S*H with Wayne Rogers, who was in Ghosts of Mississippi with Margo Martindale, who was in Rails & Ties…with Kevin Bacon.

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