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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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Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford Talk Personal Grooming: ‘We are fired on Monday’

The “Today” show’s fourth hour has always been freewheeling, dependent on the chemistry between Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. On Friday, however, the show reached a new pinnacle.

Or as Kotb said at the NBC News upfront last week:

“We are saving our very best pinch me moment for tomorrow’s show. I don’t want to oversell it, but I would advise you to check out tomorrow’s show, and we are fired on Monday.”

Yes, the segment was pre-taped, but that doesn’t really matter. Watch as the pair talk–for nine minutes–about grooming “down there.”

Tension During The Fourth Hour Of ‘Today’?

The fourth hour of “Today” is a very different beast than the first three hours, focusing less on news and more on banter between the hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The banter is usually playful and fun, however TMZ alleges that things have been getting testy lately.

At issue is this: Gifford apparently wants to host the show from LA, while Kotb wants to stay in New York.

Our sources say Hoda felt the heat was off when Kathie Lee started doing her Broadway show … she thought Kathie Lee might get off the whole L.A. thing.  But when the show wrapped in December, Kathie Lee immediately started pushing again for an L.A. move.

An NBC spokesperson told The Huffington Post that the story was bunk:
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Hoda Kotb on Life ‘Working Out the Way It’s Supposed to’

In a business known for big egos and petty jealousies, Hoda Kotb is a dose of Zen.

Life “is working out the way its supposed to work out,” Kotb tells TVNewser, reflecting on her 15th anniversary with NBC News. Co-anchoring the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford “fits like a puzzle piece, it just clicks…The show is a great place for me, and a happy place.”

It’s a gig she actively sought out. “I was always the one who waited to be noticed in life,” she reflects. But surviving cancer gave her a different perspective.  The same year of her diagnosis – 2007 – she decided to ask management for the fourth-hour job. “And I remember how small it felt, how little and insignificant after what I’d been through. I believe today that if I hadn’t gotten sick…I wouldn’t have had the guts to ask for it.”

The ability to appreciate life, to feel “joyful” as she says, also was the motivation behind her new book, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.

The tome features the stories of  six people for whom adversity brought a silver lining. Kotb lives the lesson. When she walks in to 30 Rock each morning, “I feel blessed and lucky.”

And that means she doesn’t pine for Savannah Guthrie‘s position. A Guthrie fan, Kotb says she did not lobby for that spot when it opened up last year, happy with her current gig and Read more

Happy Holidays! Here’s ‘Dateline’ Correspondent Keith Morrison Reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’

Tonight NBC’s primetime newsmagazine “Dateline” is having a “Holiday Survival” special. The special will give gifting advice, office party etiquette and holiday tips from people like Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Lester Holt will also interview actor/comedian Nick Cannon.

Update: The special has been postponed due to the shooting in Connecticut.

To help promote the special, the folks at “Dateline” had correspondent Keith Morrision, with his inimitable voice, read Clement Clarke Moore‘s classic A Visit From St. Nicholas, known colloquially as The Night Before Christmas.

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