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‘Today’ Show EP: ‘We Are On Our Way Back’

SnydermanDaughterProstate exams, doomed skydivers, and milking goats: just another week at NBC’s morning show.

In an email to his staff this afternoon — obtained by TVNewser — “Today” senior EP Don Nash thanked them for helping produce “a show made up of moments.” He also pointed out the “inappropriate finger jokes” from Matt Lauer’s doctor following a segment which included prostate exams for Lauer and Al Roker.

I “end” with kudos to Matt and Al for showing America just how easy it is to get a prostrate screening. The inappropriate finger jokes from Matt’s doctor aside, this was about taking a risk, trying something new and making it work. It’s moments like these, brought by you, that set us apart from any other show on television. Things are coming together. We are on our way back. I feel it in the show, I hear it from the audience and I see it in the numbers.

“Today,” which had been No. 1 in the mornings for 16 years, fell to second place behind ABC’s “Good Morning America” last year. Nash’s note after the jump…

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Media Feud Du Jour: Matt Lauer vs. Kanye West

Yesterday rapper Kanye West taped an interview with “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, and was apparently so incensed with what happened he decided to preemptively comment about it on Twitter. “Today” will run the full Kanye West interview tomorrow morning.

West also responded to the comment former President George W. Bush made, in which Bush said West’s comment about him after Hurricane Katrina was an “all time low” in his presidency.

West began his rant by explaining that he was about to depart for Abu Dhabi. The following are his tweets in paragraph form, see the full exchange here:

Before I take off let me tell you how they did me at the Today show. I went there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today show, and that’s a very nice way for me to put it!

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