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Ebola Fighters are TIME Person of the Year

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Just announced on the “Today” show: The Ebola Fighters are the TIME Person of the Year. The magazine will have five covers representing hundreds of people who battled Ebola on the frontlines. Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who is on one of the covers, called in to the “Today” show. ”It’s an incredible honor to be part of the group that’s being recognized,” Brantly told Matt Lauer. “I think it’s fitting that we acknowledge most Ebola fighters and those who paid the highest price for their service are, themselves, West African.” The Ferguson protesters were #2. Russian president Vladimir Putin was #3. Here are the 5 covers of the 2014 TIME Person of the Year.


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‘Today’ Anchors Discuss ‘Tumultuous Day’ During Christmas Tree Lighting

TodayTreeGrandJuryNBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was the most-watched program on TV last night, with 9.38 million viewers tuning in, and a 5.8 Household rating. The show came in second to “Survivor” in the A18-49 demo in the 8pmET hour.

As the show was hosted by “Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, the news of the day was not overlooked. “It’s been a bit of an emotional and even tumultuous day here in New York City,” said Lauer. “It’s been a day of protests, in some cases even close to where we’re broadcasting tonight because of a grand jury decision earlier in the day,” Guthrie added.

“So even as we do welcome the holiday season, we have to say, we hope it will be a healthy, a joyous and a peaceful holiday season for everyone,” added Lauer.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes: ‘Good People Can Make Mistakes’

SnydermanDr. Nancy Snyderman returned to NBC News this morning to report a story on depression in America. But the segment began with Matt Lauer pressing her on why she violated a voluntary quarantine following an Ebola reporting trip to Liberia.

“I’m very sorry for not only scaring my community and the country, but adding to the confusion,” said Snyderman. NBC’s Chief Medial Editor was spotted going for food near her Hopewell Township, NJ home October 9, even though she was under quarantine. A week earlier a member of her NBC News team, Ashoka Mukpo was diagnosed with Ebola.

“We knew our risks in our heads but didn’t really appreciate — and, frankly, we were not sensitive to how absolutely frightened Americans were,” said Snyderman. “Good people can make mistakes. I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that, I’m sorry.”

Snyderman also says the crisis is not over in West Africa and that she “would go back tomorrow and so would my entire team.”

Matt Lauer Speaks with Ray Rice, Janay Rice

RiceLauerThe “Today” show’s Matt Lauer interviews former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay Rice. Rice had his indefinite NFL suspension overturned today. He was suspended by the NFL and released by the Ravens after surveillance camera video showed him knocking out his then-fiancee Janay in Atlantic City earlier this year.

“We’ve only seen you months after the incident. And I can’t imagine that you were that calm when you started to realize exactly what happened in that elevator. Can you describe those emotions?” Lauer asked.

“I was furious,” Janay Rice says. “We came home and we didn’t talk the entire ride. Well, I didn’t speak to him the entire ride home. He tried to talk to me. I didn’t want to hear any of it. I just knew he hit me, and I was completely over it. I was done… I just didn’t even want to entertain it – any explanation. Of course in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn’t be over because I know that this isn’t us, and it’s not him.”

‘Today’ Lands Interview With Six Ebola Survivors

today-show-logoNBC’s “Today” show is scheduled to have some very special guest in the studio on Wednesday. Six American Ebola survivors will visit for their first-ever group interview.

Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol, Dr. Rick Sacra, Ashoka Mukpo, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson will sit down with Matt Lauer for their first joint interview since being declared Ebola-free. The group will also be joined in studio by family members for a pre-Thanksgiving reunion.

Dr. Sacra, Mukpo, Pham and Vinson will discuss their special connection with Dr. Brantly, who donated his blood plasma to aid in their treatment.

Stelter: Network Anchors Have Met with Michael Brown Shooter Darren Wilson

DarrenWIlsonCNNCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that several network news anchors have met with Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. As a grand jury decides whether Wilson should be charged with a crime in the case, Stelter named at least five news anchors who have met in secret with Wilson. “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and their networks can’t really even confirm the meetings happened,” Stelter says:

Here are the anchor names I know with the caveat that others may have met with him. NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’s Scott Pelley and both the prime time anchors at CNN: Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. Maybe other anchors as well. I have a feeling someone at Fox, I just don’t know the name but that’s what my sources are telling me.

Willie Geist and Carson Daly Undergo Live Testicular Cancer Exams

“Today” show hosts  Willie Geist and Carson Daly underwent testicular cancer exams on live TV this morning. The procedure was part of “No-Shave Today,” an initiative to heighten awareness of men’s health. Last year, it was Matt Lauer and Al Roker undergoing prostate exams.

“It’s a nerve-wracking thing because at any moment you’re afraid the doctor is going to say they’re discovering something,” Daly said.

NBC News Boss on US Weekly ‘Today’ Show Story: ‘The Rumors are Wrong — Period’


This is NOT the “Today” show’s week.

US Weekly went waaaaay out on a limb this morning with a piece claiming that two “Today” show hosts were fired.

Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales “were recently told they were fired,” an NBC source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells Us.

None of that is true, say NBC and CBS and ABC.

When we asked whether Geist has “lined up a gig” at CBS News, spokesperson Sonya McNair told TVNewser, “No.” When we asked ABC if Morales is in talks with that network, we were told the network doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation. (Morales is under contract with NBC News for two more years, until November, 2016.)

As for NBC, network news president Deborah Turness is crystal clear: “the rumors are wrong — period:”

NBC’s TODAY has the best anchor team in morning television. The entire TODAY show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.

The US Weekly story is a byproduct of the firing of “Today” show SVP Jamie Horowitz earlier this week. Read more

Megyn Kelly Set to Chat With Facebook Fans

megyn-kellyFox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will answer questions on Facebook tonight to celebrate surpassing 1 million likes.

She’ll be taking questions at 10 pm ET, immediately after her show, “The Kelly File,” ends. She last did a Facebook chat with Cosmpolitan’s Joanna Coles on Nov. 3, the day before midterm elections.

Kelly seems to be extremely popular on Facebook, as her show’s page has surpassed 1M fans and her personal page has over a half million likes since it was created in June 2014. ”The Kelly File” page has received over 2.3M Facebook interactions in the last month and has grown 807 percent since Nov. 17 of last year, adding 903K fans.

Deborah Turness to Work with ‘Today’ Team Until GM Slot is Filled


Back in January, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent out this org chart of her senior leadership team. There was a slot to fill: SVP and GM of the “Today” show. Today, that position is open again.

Jamie Horowitz, hired for the job back in May, didn’t make it to his first official day with NBC — Dec. 1. As TVNewser first reported, Horowitz was fired late Monday.

This morning, insiders tell us Matt Lauer was among those who’d lost faith in his leadership, but that any goodwill Horowitz had earned from Turness and her boss, Pat Fili-Krushel, who both recruited Horowitz from ESPN earlier this year, had run out.

Horowitz had been making the rounds at the show since September.  “He’s a really smart guy, and he’s been great at reaching out to us, getting our input, and so far we’re really impressed,” co-host Willie Geist told TVNewser two weeks ago.

It was in those meetings, from top talent, to the production assistants, that a profile began to emerge of an executive who would pit staffers against one another; a game of ‘Survivor,’ the Daily News called it, with people’s livelihoods at stake. “He was creating drama that wasn’t there,” an insider says.

Geist, who knows Horowitz personally, was among those angered by his antics. (Geist’s sister Libby worked with Horowitz at ESPN and is married to his former producing partner Kevin Wildes.)

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