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Big Morning for ‘Today:’ Manning, Anderson, Jenner and One Direction

NBC’s breakfast show had an outsized helping of news this morning, including an interview with kidnapped Hannah Anderson, a revelation from just-sentenced WikiLeaker Bradley Manning, and the Kardashian mom (Kris not Kim) made some news too.

Plus, the the area outside “Today’s” Rockefeller Center studio is packed with fans of One Direction ahead of their concert tomorrow. (And it’s pouring rain right now.)

The big news was revealed half-way through the first hour — half-way through an interview with Manning’s lawyer, when Savannah Guthrie read a statement from the disgraced Army private:

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female. I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for his part in leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks.

The two-part interview with Anderson was her first since being freed from a kidnapper she knew, a man who killed her mother and brother. She is still under scrutiny, but in her interview today, thanked those who rescued her. “In the beginning, I was a victim.  But now knowing everyone out there’s helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong.”

And in a bit of incestuous booking, Kris Jenner phoned in to talk about her upcoming daytime talk-show interview with her sort-of son-in-law Kanye West. “Tough booking,” Matt Lauer joked. “Well, he is my roommate,” said Jenner. It wasn’t a very tough booking for “Today” either since both NBC and E! where the Kardashians rule, are both owned by Comcast. Jenner’s show, however, is produced by 20th Television, a 21st Century Fox company and airs, mostly, on Fox affiliates.

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The NBA: Where Good Ratings Happen

There’s plenty of good news heading into the weekend’s NBA All-Star Game. The league sports a group of great young stars. The game itself is in Los Angeles, which makes everything better. And the ratings continue to be strong.

According to Sports Media Watch, “ABC earned a 3.4 final rating and 5.163 million viewers for Miami’s loss to the Celtics Sunday afternoon. The game drew the highest rating for an early afternoon NBA game (start time prior to 3 PM ET) since Christmas Day 2005, and the highest for a non-Christmas early game since February 2002.”

In fact, “five of the 20 highest rated regular season games on ABC since ’02 have taken place this season alone.”

The NBA is posting excellent numbers on TNT as well.

David Stern can’t touch the success of the NFL, of course, but he has to be pleased with the direction of his league. Well, until the lockout comes, that is.

Kanye West Cancels ‘Today’ Concert After Interview

The Matt Lauer-Kanye West beef continues. Ealier this week we noted West’s Twitter rant, attacking Lauer and NBC’s “Today” for playing a clip of his now-infamous MTV VMA appearance during an interview.

After playing the interview on the program the next day, Lauer said that West would be back in a couple of weeks to perform a single from his upcoming album.

Not any more, it seems.

West took to Twitter, again, to say that the performance is off.

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