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Morning Shows Dress Up as TV Icons For Halloween

After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).

On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.

“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.

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Kathie Lee Gifford: ‘I’m Going to Have Something Called a Podcast’

For the debut of her Podcast one program this week, Kathie Lee Gifford will have Regis Philbin as her first guest. Gifford talked about the debut on the fourth hour of “Today” this morning: “You know me now with the iPhone, and the iPad, and the tweaking, and the — no twerking, but tweeting. And now this coming Wednesday for the first time I’m going to have something called a podcast.”

Philbin bumped Gifford’s current co-host, Hoda Kotb, who will have to wait three weeks to appear on the program. Watch:

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford to Write Column for Daily News

HodaKathieLeeDNGrab a glass and toast Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, who are joing the fourth estate, at least once a week. The NBC News hosts will be writing a weekly column for the New York Daily News. According to the News:

The dynamic duo, best known as the anchors of the fourth hour of “Today,” will offer their unique take on food, fashion, pop culture and fun, starting Thursday.

Samsung Gadget Segments Reveal Hoda Kotb, Michaela Pereira’s Phone Numbers

Note to TV anchors and producers: if you are doing a segment on a gadget that hooks into your phone number or email, be prepared for those things to appear on-air.

NBC’s Hoda Kotb and CNN’s Michaela Pereira learned that the hard way this morning, as both women had their personal phone numbers broadcast for all to see during segments about Samsung’s new “smartwatch.”

Shortly after the start of the 10 AM hour, Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford played around with the device, accidentally flashing Kotb’s number in the process.

“Is that my number?,” Kotb asked. “See, it’s happening, people are calling my number! Hello? Who is this? Is this me?”

“Oh, you have a lot of fans, and a couple of prisoners,” Gifford joked.

“Oh god, it’s happening!” Kotb responded. “I have 20 voice mails, 22, 23… What just happened?”

Pereira played it a bit cooler on CNN after Zain Asher accidentally flashed her number while calling her from the Samsung gadget.

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Here Are The Highest Paid News Anchors At Each Network

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider tally up the highest-paid talent in television for this week’s magazine.  The highest paid on-air individual in all of TV is syndicated judge “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, who rakes in an estimated $45 million a year for her eponymous program.

In the world of TV news, NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer leads the way, drawing an estimated $22-25 million every year. The highest-paid anchor on ABC News is “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, who pulls in an estimated $12 million a year, while “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley leads that network with $5 million a year.

On cable, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is king, drawing an estimated $17 million a year, while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow leads her channel with a $7 million a year deal. CNN’s Anderson Cooper tops that channel with an estimated $10 million a year deal.

Other notable names: Megyn Kelly‘s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin‘s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.

Some excerpts can be read here, while the full list is in this week’s TV Guide.

Kathie Lee Wants To ‘Hoda On Your Kotb’

It was Hoda Kotb‘s birthday Friday, and her “Today” fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford decided to put together a special present for her colleague. The result: a music video and an original song “I Want to Hoda on Your Kotb.”

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Carson Daly even got in on the fun.

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Sara Haines Leaving NBC News for ABC News

Sara Haines, a contributing correspondent for NBC News who appears mostly on the fourth hour of the “Today” show, is leaving NBC to join ABC News where she will be a New York-based correspondent. Haines has been with “Today” since 2002, after a stint as an NBC page.

Page Six reports “Today” senior EP Don Nash along with Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and others threw Haines a “boozy brunch” Wednesday. ABC is expected to announce more details of the move on Monday.

‘Today’ Team Tackles ‘Tough Mudder’

The anchor team at NBC’s “Today” got down and dirty–quite literally–this week, as they tackled an abbreviated version of the infamous “Tough Mudder” obstacle course. The course makes for great TV, which might explain why the team from “Fox & Friends” ran through a similar version just two weeks ago, but that didn’t make “Today”‘s segment any less fun.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Al Roker ran the course, with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford providing color commentary.

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‘Today’ Execs Tried to ‘Nudge Curry Off the Co-Host Track’ as Early as 2003

The first excerpts of Brian Stelter‘s upcoming book Top of the Morning, went online this morning, and will be featured in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, ahead of Tuesday’s publication. This excerpt takes a deep dive into the “dysfunction” at “Today” that led to Ann Curry‘s forced departure from the show last June. Curry was named the show’s co-host in 2011, but discussions about moving her off the show were happening long before, something Stelter told us in our Media Beat interview (running next week on TVNewser). As far back as 2003, Stelter writes, “executives were already trying to nudge Curry off the co-host track:”

They saw that she and Lauer, who had hosted together dozens of times, demonstrated a distinct lack of chemistry. “I don’t think anybody back then thought Ann was right,” said Tom Touchet, the executive producer of “Today” at the time, who called her a “wacky chick” with a “great heart.” Neal Shapiro, who succeeded Lack as president of NBC News, suggested that Curry be moved to “Dateline NBC,” the prime-time newsmagazine. “The audience would understand moving to prime time was a great promotion, and there would be no backlash against ‘Today,’’” Shapiro recalled. “By making her a host of ‘Dateline,’ we could open up the news-anchor job on ‘Today’ to someone like Natalie Morales or Hoda Kotb” and start publicly grooming another successor for Couric.

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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Celebrate Five Years At ‘Today’

On Friday Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb celebrated five years of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today.” In honor of the anniversary, the pair looked back at some highlights from the first five years.

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