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Jamie Gangel Leaves NBC News After 31 Years

Jamie GangelVeteran NBC News correspondent Jamie Gangel has left the network after 31 years, TVNewser has learned.

For the last two decades, Gangel served as National Correspondent for “Today,” and also contributed reports to “Nightly News.”

“After 31 years as an award-winning journalist at NBC News and the Today Show, Jamie decided to retire. We are grateful for her many contributions and we wish her the very best,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser.

“I was with NBC for 31 years, and they were wonderful to me, and I have nothing but the best things to say about them,” Gangel told TVNewser via phone. In those 31 years, she interviewed six presidents, conducted the only interview with actor Robert Downey Jr. from prison, celebrities from Eric Clapton to rapper 50 Cent, and reported extensively from Europe, Africa, and South America.

“I’ve never not worked a day in my life, so I’m gonna take off six months,” she tells us, adding that she is eager to spend time with her family, which includes her twin children Nicholas and Lily, and her husband, New York Times best-selling novelist Daniel Silva.

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Rachel Maddow Drops a Bomb on ‘Late Show’

This TVNewser was at the Ed Sullivan Theater Monday afternoon for the taping of “Late Show with David Letterman.” Letterman spent two segments with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talking about her new book, “Drift” which comes out today, as well as her recent coverage of nukes. During the commercial break, and for a minute or so after the interview, Letterman and Maddow chatted as Letterman’s aides prepped him for the next segment with actor Timothy Olyphant. Interestingly, several parts of the monologue which we saw as an audience did not make it into the final show last night. Letterman delivered several one-liners on the heart transplant surgery of former VP Dick Cheney, including: “He’ll be back at the beach waterboarding in no time.” It didn’t make the cut.

There was a also a gag which included Jamie Gangel‘s interview with Cheney on the “Today” show last summer. Letterman staffers did some creative graphic design showing the mechanical inner workings of Cheney’s chest cavity. That didn’t make the cut either. Another bit, a fake one from CNN, did make the final show. “Footage from the operating room,” Letterman called it, showing a clip from a “Frankenstein” movie.

Both of Maddow’s segments made the broadcast. And one thing we didn’t notice in the theater, but did watching the show last night: Maddow’s nervous jacket-fixing habit. Watch after the jump:

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NBC Snags Exclusive Dick Cheney Memoir Interview

Just like his old boss former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney is giving NBC News the first interview tied to the release of his memoir. Cheney will be interviewed by Jamie Gangel on a special edition of “Dateline,” Monday, August 29 at 10 PM ET, and then will be interviewed live by Matt Lauer the next morning on “Today.”

His memoir, In My Time, will be released August 30.

Cheney has been quieter than many of his colleagues since leaving the West Wing, though he has made appearances on all of the broadcast networks, as well as CNN and Fox News since leaving office, including a handful of interviews earlier this year following his heart surgery.

The decision to give the first memoir interview to NBC was likely due to the fact that he would be able to reach the most people. An hour in primetime is very valuable real estate, and NBC’s “Today” is easily the most-watched morning news program on television.

More information, after the jump.

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Jeff Zucker, Film Producer

While much of the speculation about the future of Jeff Zucker has been about his teaming with former “Today” show colleague Katie Couric for her (presumable) post-CBS Evening News plans, Deadline reports Zucker will be a producer on a series of films being produced by his old company – Universal Pictures. The studio acquired the screen rights to the Gabriel Allon series of bestselling books by former TV news producer Daniel Silva.

Zucker, who left his post [as NBCU CEO] in January and has so far been mum on his future plans, became involved as the film’s producer because he and Silva are close friends and the author wanted it that way.

Silva is married to “Today” show National Correspondent Jamie Gangel. Zucker ran the show in the early years of their marriage. Silva himself worked in TV news as an EP at CNN where he ran the DC-based shows “Crossfire,” “Capital Gang” and “Reliable Sources.”

Cheney: ‘I’m reluctant to judge our politicians based upon the act of what appears to be a lone, crazed gunman’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney sits down for an interview — his first since heart surgery last July — with “Today” show correspondent Jamie Gangel. Cheney opens up on topics ranging from his health, President Obama’s leadership, and on the massacre in Tucson and whether heightened political rhetoric is at all to blame. Cheney:

There’s a lot more I’d like to know about the man who was the perpetrator of this awful crime.  And I think we need to be a little careful about assuming that somehow the rest of society or the political class bears the responsibility for what happened here when it was the act of a deranged, crazed individual that committed a crime. I think our politics can get pretty rough at times. Having been vice president for eight years, maybe I’m more sensitive to it than others, but the fact of the matter is, a good, tough political fight is one of the great strengths of our democracy.

See a clip tonight on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and Gangel’s full report tomorrow on “Today.”

Rush Rammed: Limbaugh Targets Sanchez; O’Reilly Stands up for Limbaugh; Cooper Panelist Calls it ‘A High-Tech Lynching’

Hours before his participation as a limited partner in a group vying to buy the St. Louis Rams was dropped, Rush Limbaugh decried his critics, including members of the cable news media. Limbaugh says his staff is working “behind the scenes” to get apologies and retractions “with the force of legal action” against any journalist who has misquoted him over the past few days.

Limbaugh directed some of his ire for a certain MSNBC host: “Now we hear from Chris Matthews, he talks about somebody putting a pellet gun in my mouth and pulling the trigger.”

But Limbaugh aimed squarely at Rick Sanchez dredging up the CNN anchor’s past.

Rick “DUI, Leaving the Scene” Sanchez. Now on CNN every afternoon spreading filth and lies, knowingly… like many journalists, he can’t take the kind of investigation or coverage he dishes out and the rest of his people dish out. They head to the tall grass, hide behind executives. I know ordinary people go to jail for this. But he was friends with the cops! As a TV reporter, he was friends with the cops. He got preferential treatment.

Limbaugh is referring to an incident in 1990 when Sanchez was a local anchor in Miami.

Tonight on his show, Bill O’Reilly added his voice to the mix, but said “NBC News [meaning MSNBC] is taking the lead on Limbaugh.” And on Anderson Cooper 360 a panelist called what happened to Limbaugh, “a high-tech lynching.” [clip after the jump].

Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh unabashedly told NBC’s Jamie Gangel he does his show for ratings. And, by extension Limbaugh, in good times but more often bad, is a sure fire ratings grab for the networks that cover him. But this time, did they go too far?

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Rush on the Media: “I Know How to Yank Their Chain”

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Here’s what we learned from part one of Jamie Gangel‘s “Today” show interview with Rush Limbaugh.

• Piano music makes us “feel” for Rush, for about 10 seconds until the violins inspire jealousy.
• Rush is neither racist nor homophobic and neither is Jamie Gangel.
• Rush’s critics are “impotent and powerless,” according to Rush.

Limbaugh also talked about how he becomes news by tweaking the media: “I know how to yank their chain. I know how to send them into insanity. I know how to make them spend the next two days talking about me.”

All told, Gangel spent three hours with Rush in an interview that will air in two parts. Part one, all 12 minutes of it, is after the jump. Part two: pain killers, relationships, Glenn, Hillary, Sarah, tomorrow on “Today.”

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Rush on Obama: ‘He’s My President Too…If He Invited me up there to Chat, I Would Owe him the Dignity and Honor of Being Honest’

rUSH_10.9.jpgThe “Today” show is going to make the most out of its interview with Rush Limbaugh. Jamie Gangel sat down with the king of conservative talk radio for an interview that airs over two days – next Monday and Tuesday.

Here’s a partial transcript:

GANGEL: Beyond politics, were you moved in any way to see an African-American elected president?

LIMBAUGH: Yeah. But I got over it very quickly. I mean, he’s president of the United States. His skin color doesn’t matter to me. His policies are what matters. The intentions. His ideology. Plans that he has for the country.

GANGEL: Is there anything good he’s done?

LIMBAUGH: Maybe. I can’t think of it.

On what he would say to President Obama:

LIMBAUGH: I’d be honest with him. I’d be, look, the president of the United States is the president of the United States. He’s my president too. I want– you know, I want this country to succeed. And if he invited me up there to chat, I would owe him the dignity and honor of being honest.

GANGEL: Who are you doing your show for?

LIMBAUGH: My audience. For ratings. I will admit it. Let me shock the world right here on NBC. I am doing my show for ratings.

So we wondered: is NBC News stretching an interview with one of the most newsworthy, controversial and interesting talkers around over a two-day period, just for ratings? “Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser, “The ‘Today’ show interviews everybody. Monday’s show will be a good example: just as we are happy to have Rush Limbaugh’s perspective on things for our audience, we are also happy that we’ll hear exclusively from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton too.” Nice double plug, Jim. Now about those ratings…