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Matt Lauer on ‘Today:’ ‘The Show is Not Where I Want it to Be Right Now’

Matt Lauer is doing double duty today. After anchoring “Today” this morning, he’ll fill in for Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News” tonight. It’s the first time in almost 10 years Lauer has sat in the “Nightly” chair. He last filled in in 2002 when Tom Brokaw was anchor. Last night, Lauer opened up about his new deal with NBC News and about the ratings slide “Today” has experienced.

“The show is not where I want it to be right now, the ratings are not where I want them to be right now,” Lauer told Donny Deutsch who guest-hosted CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” last night. “I want to make it better,” Lauer added.

When Deutsch went “there” about how much Lauer is making as part of his new deal, Lauer said, “I have not heard anybody come up with the right amount. I think two percent of what was written was true and the number has never been true.”

As for why he stayed: “I have fed off the company trough at NBC for a long time, and I have been the benefactor of great success there.”

The Ticker: Trump Trump Trump, CNN International, Lauer and Deutsch on CNN

  • Cable news just can’t get enough Donald Trump. After his grilling on CNN yesterday, Trump appeared on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” The tone was much more collegial, even as Van Susteren pressed Trump on the “birther” issue. Video of the appearance is after the jump.
  • CNN International is profiled by the Financial Times (subscription required): “By the time viewers turn on the television, they already know what’s going on,” says Mr Whitaker, CNN’s managing editor. “They are looking for, ‘OK, what’s next?’” His strategy: bolster international coverage across the entire network with a premium not just on breaking news but on analysis, investigations and features.”
  • It will be a very NBC evening on CNN, as Donny Deutsch guest-hosts CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” this evening. His lead guest? NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer. Deutsch is a regular on “Today,” particularly in the “Today’s Professional” segment that Lauer hosts. Deutsch is also a regular on MSNBC, and a former host on CNBC.

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As NBC Takes on ‘Hero’ Comments, Donny Deutsch Says MSNBC’s Chris Hayes ‘Looks Like a Weenie’

This morning the “Today” Professionals took on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and his comments over the weekend in which he said he was “uncomfortable” calling some soldiers “heroes.”

“I’m repulsed,” said Donny Deutsch to Matt Lauer. “I mean, I hope that he doesn’t get more viewers as a result of this. This guy is like a — you see what he looks like, he looks like a weenie,” said Deutsch.

“Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?” asked Star Jones rhetorically.

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‘Today’s Professionals: Leakers Should Not Be Tolerated

On NBC’s “Today” this morning, one of the topics covered during “Today’s Professionals” was the Fox News “mole.” The panel, comprised of Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Bobby Flay, all agreed that that leakers and moles should be hunted down and fired.

Anchor Matt Lauer ended the segment by asking “Has anyone here ever been involved in a leak involving me??

WATCH (starting at 3:50):

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Could ‘Today’ See a Syndicated Spinoff?

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio writes about Matt Lauer‘s new deal with NBC, and scoops that there is more to it than just “Today.” According to Battaglio, Lauer’s contract includes a program development deal, as well as a stake in syndicated programs he may develop outside of the NBC morning show.

One idea already being kicked around is spinning off Lauer’s regular segment “Today‘s Professionals,” in which he spars over hot-button issues with a panel that includes Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The segment could also be developed into a fifth hour of Today.

Piers Morgan Tonight Getting Guest-Hosts Next Week

CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” is following in the footsteps of its predecessor “Larry King Live,” and having guest-hosts for all of next week while Morgan is in London filming “Life Stories.”

Among those filling in for Morgan: Wolf Blitzer, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Ad exec and NBC regular Donny Deutsch, Rosie O’Donnell and Arsenio Hall. Blitzer will anchor a politically-focused show on Tuesday, with the other hosts covering a wide swath of topics, from entertainment to politics. Blitzer previously filled in for Morgan the evening that Steve Jobs passed away, though the show has never gone a full week with guest-hosts.

“Piers Morgan Tonight” has been tweaking its format recently, including a new segment called ‘Only in America,” where Morgan gives his take on the news of the day.

Star Jones Returns to ‘The View,’ Discusses Contentious Exit

Star Jones returned to ABC’s “The View” Wednesday. Jones had been a panelist on the ABC daytime show for years, before abruptly quitting the show in 2006. Jones found out that her contract would not be renewed, and decided to announce that she would be leaving, surprising her fellow panelists, including “View” creator Barbara Walters, who said she felt “betrayed.”

Jones, Walters and the panelists discussed the contentious exit, and the conversation had some tense moments:

On “Today” this morning, Donny Deutsch argued that “The View” owed Jones an apology for the “cruel” conversation they had:

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On MSNBC, Donny Deutsch Says Occupy Wall Street Movement Needs Kent State Moment

On MSNBC this morning, frequent “Morning Joe” contributor Donny Deutsch said that the Occupy Wall Street movement needs a climactic Kent State-like moment. Deutsch prefaced his comments with “I don’t want this to come out the wrong way” and pinned his theory on the thesis that America is a “visual society.”

“If you think back to the late ’60s, what is the most stirring image of all of the rebellion that happened? What do we remember? Kent State,” he said. Co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski immediately jumped in to try to clarify. Watch below:

Wil Surratt to return to CNN; to be named EP of Erin Burnett Show

TVNewser has learned Wilson (Wil) Surratt is returning to CNN and will be named EP of Erin Burnett‘s new program. Since 2009, Surratt has been with WPIX in New York. In 2006, he began a 2-year run at CNBC where he oversaw “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” and worked with Burnett on “Street Signs.”

From 2002-2006 Surratt worked at CNN as Senior EP of “American Morning” and “Newsnight with Aaron Brown” and was with CNN at the launch of “Anderson Cooper 360.” Surratt may be best known in TV news circles for overseeing the “KTLA Morning News” in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, a format which has been replicated at stations across the country.

The final deal with CNN is being worked out. An announcement is expected soon.

> Related, TVSpy: Wil Surratt Leaves WPIX, May Return to CNN

Donny Deutsch Lands a New Show… As a Love Guru

Ad executive Donny Deutsch has long been a regular on NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

He used to host “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” on CNBC, and even filled in as an anchor on MSNBC last April… before being pulled after he criticized Keith Olbermann.

Now Deutsch has landed a new gig with another NBCU network… as a dating expert. Deutsch will host “Love Calling” on Bravo January 27 at 11 PM ET.

Deutsch will respond to questions posed by viewers via Twitter, Facebook, videochat and phone calls about love and dating.

“Women make the mistake of going to other women when they need advice about the men in their life,” said Deutsch in a statement. “They really need to go to a guy. I’m going to take women inside the mind of a man and give them the honest, tough but loving relationship advice they really need.”

Alrighty then. More information after the jump.
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