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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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HLN Gets a New Name: Hysterical Ladies Network (and Dr. Drew)

To say it’s been a rough year for the “Today” show, would be an understatement.

The once-dominant morning program is settling in to second place, as new top producers, on-air talent and show segments meld in the hopes of catching on with viewers and regaining the top spot. Meanwhile, star anchor Matt Lauer continues to find himself in the unenviable position of taking the licks — and the responsibility — for the show’s woes.

But last night, Lauer didn’t want to dwell on the downside. Instead it was a night to celebrate with his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, and hundreds of other media luminaries, at the 18th annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Headlines and Headliners benefit. “Today” national correspondent and news anchor Natlie Morales was the host for the evening which raised more than $75,000 for scholarships and program activities.

Morales delivered a few zingers during her speech, including giving a new name to HLN — “the hysterical ladies network.”

HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, who hosted this event last year, missed the joke as she was still taping her show. But she took it in stride when we told it to her later. They may be hysterical, but HLN ratings of late, thanks to coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, are nothing to laugh at.

We chatted with ABC’s Amy Robach, whose star has risen at “Good Morning America” since leaving NBC News last year. Robach and husband Andrew Shue are leaving today for a Caribbean vacation. Gayle King represented for “CBS This Morning,” while CNN’s Christine Romans, John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin chatted with guests. We caught up with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, FNC’s Rick Reichmuth and CNBC’s Mandy Drury, who’s heading home to Australia next week to catch up with family. On the local news scene, WABC’s Lori Stokes and WNBC’s Contessa Brewer worked the room. And we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk with The Weather Channel’s Bryan Norcross, the father of the named Winter storms. “Everything needs a hashtag now,” says the longtime meteorologist. “What better way than to name the storms?” Of course, an unending Winter helps. Did you hear Winter Storm Virgil is on the way this weekend?


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Amy Robach Leaving ‘Today’ Show and NBC News

Amy Robach gave a tearful goodbye to the weekend “Today” show this morning. Robach, who has been co-anchor of the Saturday edition since 2007, will also be leaving NBC News at the expiration of her contract, TVNewser has learned.

“I want to thank everybody,” said Robach. “I could not name everyone in the studio right now who has made every Saturday morning, when that alarm clock goes off, worth getting up for.”

“Of course, Lester, you have been an amazing partner,” said Robach to her co-anchor Lester Holt.

Robach, who is married actor Andrew Shue, said through tears, “This has been a family and I’ve been through a lot over the past nine years,” as her daughters and step-son joined her on the couch.

Robach joined “Today” from MSNBC where she had been an anchor for four years. Before that Robach was an anchor at WTTG in Washington, DC.

TVNewser has learned this could be the beginning of more shifts for the weekend edition of “Today” which is overseen by weekday “Today” EP Jim Bell. “Amy is a talented journalist and consummate reporter, and we wish her all the best,” said Bell in a statement to TVNewser.

The show also recently bid farewell to weather anchor Janice Huff on the Sunday edition. Huff continues her duties as chief meteorologist at WNBC. Also, the show’s senior producer Andrea D’Ambrosio is leaving to take a job at “Dr. Oz,” where former “Today” senior producer Amy Chiaro is the co-executive producer.

The changes come as the Saturday edition of “Good Morning America” is making gains on the venerable weekend “Today” show, the Saturday edition of which first went on the air nearly 20 years ago, on August 1, 1992.

As for Robach’s next stop, Holt teased, “We’ll hear about your future in short order.”

> Update: Looks like that next stop is ABC News.

A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

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NBC Correspondents and a ‘Real Housewife’ Say Hello to NBC News’ English Import

Last night at The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village, NBC News hosted a cocktail reception for one of the newest members of its team: Ben Fogle. Fogle joined NBC in February as a London-based special correspondent.

The correspondent flew in from the UK for a 24-hour jaunt, leaving the reception to catch a red-eye flight back to England.

His first major assignment for NBC will be during the Royal Wedding next week. Fogle has an invitation, and told TVNewser that he plans on running out the door to file a report as soon as he is able to.

A number of NBC personalities attended, including correspondents Peter Alexander and Amy Robach (who brought along her husband, former “Melrose Place” star Andrew Shue).

Bravo “Real Housewives” star Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen also attended the event.

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Andrew Shue Makes ‘GMA’ Appearance

Actor Andrew Shue‘s February wedding doesn’t appear to be getting in the way of his morning show bookings. Shue appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today with Robin Roberts to discuss his website, cafemom.com, and the “Mom Index,” a new quarterly survey conducted by the mom-specific social networking site.

Roberts explained that “GMA” will have an “on-going relationship” with cafemom and the “Mom Index.”

Earlier this year, Shue married NBC News correspondent and “Weekend Today” anchor Amy Robach.

Correspondents’ Dinner: The MSNBC After Party

Okay… we finally got around to pulling these pictures from our camera. They are from MSNBC’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner after-party.

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The boldfacers we saw: Alec Baldwin, FBN’s Charlie Gasparino, the entire Today show front six: Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, (with his wife, ABC’s Deborah Roberts) Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach and husband Andrew Shue; MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough and FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. Also, Brian Williams and wife Jane. Brian dropped in for just a bit, he was going back to New York, only to catch a plane Sunday for New Orleans for a quick trip. He’s back in New York today covering the arrest in the Times Square bomb plot. (Programming note: Brian’s senior producer Subrate De is a guest on tomorrow’s Morning Media Menu podcast: 9:30amET)

But we left on the early side. FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein stuck around for more.

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Amy Robach’s Husband, and other 80′s-90′s Heartthrobs to Co-Host FHOTS

hoda2_3-11.jpgAndrew Shue will be among the former TV heartthrobs to co-host the fourth hour of the Today show (FHOTS) next week while Kathie Lee Gifford is on vacation.

“Beverly Hills, 90210″ alum Jason Priestly is in Monday, Kirk Cameron on Tuesday, Alan Thicke (was he really a heartthrob?) on Wednesday, Ralph Macchio on Thursday, and Shue on Friday. Shue and Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach got married last month.

Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot

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Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday — she got married. Robach married “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.

The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s west side, was attended by about 120 friends and family.

Some of the tvnewsers in attendance, Robach’s “Today” show colleagues Meredith Vieira, and Ann Curry, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who Twitpic’d the night away, Alison Stewart and husband MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Robach’s former MSNBC anchor Randy Meier flew in for the ceremony, while her “Today” co-anchor Lester Holt was already in Vancouver for the Olympics. Also, “Today” show senior producer Don Nash, publicist Megan Kopf and former supervising producer Javier Morgado attended.

Shue’s sister, actress Elisabeth Shue was also in attendance.

Robach and Shue met last Spring and got engaged in September.

Amy & Andrew, ‘The Brady Bunch’ Minus Cindy

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Weekend “Today” anchor and “Nightly News” correspondent Amy Robach and actor/Web entrepreneur Andrew Shue are engaged.

Here’s the story: Robach and Shue, who are both recently divorced, have five children between them. Robach has two girls and Shue, three boys. Sensing a theme?

They met at a “Today” show Mom’s book party this past Spring. Shue, who played Billy on the 1990′s FOX show “Melrose Place”, founded CafeMom.com in 2006 as part of his company CMI Marketing. And the rest, says a source, is history. “They’ve been inseparable since,” says the source. No date has been set but listen for wedding bells in early 2010.

One thing though, Amy’s daughters’ names aren’t Marcia and Jan.