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Lauer on Snyderman: ‘She’s Back in Quarantine, Which is Where She Should Be’

TMZ caught up with Matt Lauer on his way into 30 Rock this morning where he was asked about Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine last Thursday. “She’s already admitted she was wrong. I know she feels it was a mistake and it’s regretable and she’s back to quarantine, which is where she should be out of an abundance of precaution.”

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The Afternoon Ticker: Panetta Book, CNN Suit, Walters Talks

  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.

  • Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.

Piers Morgan ‘Itching to get Back in the Game’

Piers Morgan, who is five months removed from the cancellation of his primetime show on CNN, sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday.

Lauer’s first question was essentially, have you spent five months thinking about what went wrong [at CNN]?

Morgan explained that he went into CNN to conduct “big interviews, with big figures.” While Morgan says he did “many of those,” in his first two years, a series of deadly mass shootings changed the tone of the show.

Morgan told Lauer that something inside him “exploded” after the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, turning his show into a nightly battle with the NRA and gun lobbyist. Morgan’s ratings declined as his show changed, but he doesn’t have any regrets about speaking out on gun control.

“How could you let twenty first graders be shot dead in their classrooms and the reaction would be absolutely nothing [in America]. So I don’t regret standing up for trying to effect change, he said. “I wish more American media people, America news anchors stood up.”

Morgan, who is now the editor-at-large for the news website MailOnline, left a door open for an eventual return to American television. “I’m itching to get back in the game,” Morgan said.

Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News Ebola Patient, to Return to U.S. Sunday For Treatment

AshokaMukpoAshoka Mukpo, the American NBC News freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola yesterday in Liberia, will be returning to the U.S. for treatment Sunday.

His parents Dr. Mitchell Levy and Diane Mukpo were on the “Today” show this morning, telling Tamron Hall, “His spirits are better today.” He has been seeing “the death and tragedy and now it’s really hit home for him” (watch after the jump).

Mukpo was working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Monrovia. Snyderman, who will also return to the U.S. and be quarantined for 21 days told Matt Lauer, “We shared a work space. We shared vehicles. We shared equipment. But everyone here is hyper-alert. We have not been in close proximity. No one shakes hands. There’s no hugging.”

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Brian Williams Gets Social; Holds First Facebook Q&A

WilliamsFacebookFollowing “Nightly News” Thursday, Brian Williams conducted his first Facebook Q&A. Many of the questions came from his NBC News colleagues, including Carson Daly who asked him about his drinking habits while he travels.

“Carson Daly, ladies and gentlemen! The man, the myth, the LEGEND. I love me some Today Show Carson, but I REALLY love the nighttime show…”

Matt Lauer asked Williams about his choice of movies: Blazing Saddles or GhostbustersSavannah Guthrie gave him a hard time about some missing lip gloss and Natalie Morales asked him about what other job he might have pursued and he replied “any opportunity to work with Willie Geist.”

Geist chimed in and asked him who his favorite member of NWA is.

Speaking of rap, Williams was asked what he thinks of the Jimmy Fallon mashups.

“They’ve been amazing. Never before have so many words been re-purposed so outside their original meaning. We have interviewed the profoundly talented video editor and will put it on the web before long.”

Savannah Guthrie and Baby Vale Make Surprise ‘Today’ Visit

New mother Savannah Guthrie brought a surprise guest to “Today” this morning.

Walking in with her seven-week old daughter Vale, the morning show’s co-hosts swarmed Guthrie, husband Mike Feldman, and the well-tempered infant. After a whole lot of fawning over baby Vale, Guthrie passed the baby over to co-host Matt Lauer. “She may be pooping,” he said. Later, Lauer interviewed Guthrie on her first weeks of motherhood. Guthrie also announced her return date: November 3.

Former ‘GMA’ Anchor Joan Lunden Named Special Correspondent for ‘Today’ Show

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Joan Lunden, appearing bald on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, will serve as a special correspondent for the “Today” show next week as the program kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lunden, who was co-anchor of “Today” show rival “Good Morning America” for 17 years, from 1980-1997, is a breast cancer survivor. Lunden phoned in to the show this morning, a day after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, and talked about going bald for the PEOPLE cover. “It wasn’t a comfortable decision, but I knew it was the right decision,” she told Matt Lauer.

Next Wednesday on “Today,” she’ll encourage women with breast cancer to take off their wigs on the plaza.

Lunden’s old home is also planning to “Go Pink” next Wednesday. All ABC News shows will devote a full day of coverage. It was during last year’s “Go Pink” initiative that “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach got her first mamogram. It turned out to be a life-saving move, as Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

One year after the diagnosis, Robach will visit Charleston, South Carolina for an emotional meeting with Deborah Greig, just one of a number of women across the country who, as a result of Robach’s reporting, got tested, were diagnosed and are now being treated for breast cancer.

Jenna Wolfe Gets New ‘Today’ Show Role

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Jenna Wolfe (far left), currently news anchor for “Weekend Today” will be named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, TVNewser has learned. In addition to covering topics like health and wellness for “Today,” Wolfe has also been named NBC News National Correspondent reporting for all shows and platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

Wolfe announced last month that she and her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are pregnant with their second child. NBC has not settled on a replacement for Wolfe on “Weekend Today.”

More: Matt Lauer made the announcement at 8:45amET. “We’re going to be seeing you a lot here. That is the good news. The bad news is you’re going to be leaving your fam on the weekend show,” said Lauer. We hear NBC will announce Wolfe’s replacement next week.

9/11 Coverage, 13 Years Later

The news networks have been providing live coverage of the 13th anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks.

The commemoration began at 8:45amET this morning with a moment of silence to mark the moment the attack began. NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, sitting in for Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” anchored an NBC News special report. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report during “GMA” and “CBS This Morning” brought in NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and former CBS News correspondent, John Miller, who is now Bratton’s aide at the NYPD, for their coverage.

As it has for the last 12 years, MSNBC is running NBC News programming, anchored by Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw, as it happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Interspersed with news of the day, CNN and Fox News have been marking that morning with remembrances and marked moments — when the first two planes hit the two World Trade Center towers, when the third hit the Pentagon, when the South Tower fell, when the fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA, and finally, when the North Tower collapsed at 10:28amET.

It’s Homecoming Week at ‘Today’

Pauley Brokaw 304As Savannah Guthrie continues her maternity leave, “Today” is calling up some other NBCNewsers to fill in. As we’ve reported, Meredith Vieira subs tomorrow, the same day her syndicated show debuts.

Brian Williams pulls double-duty on Tuesday anchoring in the morning and “NBC Nightly News.” On Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will have an earlier call time as they join Matt Lauer. On  Thursday, Tom Brokaw returns to the “Today” anchor chair. Brokaw (above, with Jane Pauley) co-hosted the show from 1976-1981.

On Friday, Maria Shriver will be behind the desk. Shriver co-anchored the “Today” Sunday edition from 1987-1990. NBC is calling this “Homecoming Week” on “Today.”

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