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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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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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Matt Lauer: ‘It has been an interesting year…’

NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer was on “The Tonight Show” last night, and Jay Leno asked him about the negative press he has seen over the last year or so.

“It has been an interesting year, no question about it” Lauer said. “I am not a guy who complains, I am the luckiest, guy, I love this job, I really do.”

He also talked about Kathie Lee Gifford‘s letter from “Today” staff.

Kathie Lee Gifford Nearly Bought USA Today Ad To Defend Matt Lauer

NBC “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford wrote a letter defending her colleague Matt Lauer, and collected hundreds of signatures from “Today” cast and crew to attach to it, according to the New York Daily News. The News adds that Gifford was planning to use the letter and signatures in an ad in USA Today, but that Lauer asked her to “keep it in the family.”

“We all wanted to say something to Matt and nobody wanted to put him in a position that would make him uncomfortable,” Gifford said. “So unbeknownst to anyone higher up at NBC, I just started this thing…”

We the people of the ‘Today’ show who work side by side, day by day, year in and year out with Matt Lauer are tired of unfounded and unrelenting stories by faceless characters regarding his character and reputation,” Gifford’s letter read. “No one has coerced us to sign this. With our signatures we stand in support of our colleague and friend.”

 

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

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