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‘Morning Joe’ in Chicago: Oprah interview one of the show’s all-time ‘highlights’

“We’ve had a lot of good guests” in the years since MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” debuted in 2007, says EP Chris Licht.  “But this is one of the highlights of the show.”

“This” refers to Oprah Winfrey‘s live appearance Friday, when Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, and the gang descended on the Windy City for a live broadcast.  Booking the Queen of all media was two years in the making, dating back to Licht approaching her at a New York gala.

“And I literally went up to her,” he told TVNewser in Chicago, “and I knew she watched the show, and I said, ‘You’ve got to do the show.’  And she said, ‘I promise you, I will do the show.’”

Oprah was true to her word.  And she was joined on the program by a veritable Windy City who’s who at the RL Restaurant, including David Axelrod, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, former Playboy chairman and CEO Christie Hefner, Rev. Jesse Jackson, CNBC’s Rick Santelli. Crammed into the main dining room was a makeshift ’set’, plus tables and chairs where VIP guests watched the show.

We chatted with Joe and Mika after the show. Our video includes a special cameo from NBC News president Steve Capus on the subject of the recent Comcast takeover of NBC.

Breakfast was served for attendees, some of whom arrived so early they were also in the house for “Way Too Early”, which Willie Geist anchored live from RL starting at 4:30amCT.  For Geist, the Chicago trip was a homecoming: he was born in suburban Evanston, and lived

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‘Morning Joe’ Rises in Chicago, Oprah Winfrey Interview on Tap


MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will originate from Chicago this Friday as Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski interview Chicago’s most famous resident (for now): Oprah Winfrey. Joe, Mika and Willie Geist will host the show from RL (as in Ralph Lauren) Restaurant along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Other guests include Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), former White House adviser and now returning Chicago resident, David Axelrod, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth, and her son, NBC News correspondent Luke Russert.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Busy Morning In D.C.

It was a D.C.-focused morning on the cablers, as Roland Burris and President-elect Barack Obama made their way around the nation’s capital. After an Associated Press report said Senate Democrats planned to accept Burris for Obama’s seat, many networks rushed to report the news. CNN held back, as Dana Bash‘s sources said the deal was not done.

Then came an Obama news conference. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama called on Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal, Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of ABC. And, as Chris Matthews noted, the conference meant Todd “lost his virginity.”

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Next up was the confirmation that the AP report was incorrect. Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin gave a news conference and put the ball back in the state of Illinois’ court.

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Finally, Burris reappeared for a few more questions before heading back to Chicago.

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