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‘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.

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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’

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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

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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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Guthrie, Lauer Play ‘Tonight Show’ Pop Quiz

“Today” show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie appeared on “The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to play his trivia challenge. The “Today” co-hosts sat in elevating chairs, wearing a particularly pointy dunce caps with large water balloon water balloons overhead. Each wrong answer means a notch closer to the balloon, until someone gets drenched.

The loser was doused after revealing they didn’t know which actress played Matthew Broderick’s sister in the classic movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Check out the video to see who prevailed.

The Evening Ticker: Lauer, Suratt, Kelly

  • The “Today” show kicked off its second annual No-Shave “Today.” Matt Lauer, Al RokerWillie Geist and Carson Daly will once again grow beards this month to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.

  • Samuel T. Suratt, the Archivist for CBS News for more than 20 years from 1969 to 1991, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in New York City. He was 81.

  • In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly got the “Saturday Night Live” treatment over the weekend. Cecily Strong played the FNC anchor for SNL’s cold open, which focused on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s defense of Ebola quarantines. WATCH:

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

Josh Elliott Fills in on ‘Today’ Show

Josh Elliott Today 304Now that his non-compete with ABC News is up, Josh Elliott is making his first on-set appearance on NBC’s “Today” show this week.  ”Josh Elliott is in for Natalie this morning. We’re happy about that,” Matt Lauer said on Tuesday’s show. Elliott was back this morning for what will be a two-day stint, insiders tells us.

Elliott made his first appearance on the show last month, teeing up NBC’s NFL coverage.

After helping “GMA” overtake long-dominant “Today” in the ratings in 2012, Elliott left the network in March for a role with NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.

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