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Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

The View hosts poll results

The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

‘Today’ Show Women Defend Matt Lauer’s Question to GM CEO

LauerThis morning, Matt Lauer readdressed the controversy surrounding a question he asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra last week about whether she can do a good job at being both a mom and a CEO.

And some of the “Today” show’s women came to his defense.  “I was surprised at the reaction you got, Matt,” Kathie Lee Gifford said.

“It was something she [Barra] had already said, so Matt was asking her about it…and you said it very, very respectfully. Certain people are just very, very sensitive about it.”

Tamron Hall pointed out that the day Lauer interviewed Barra, he himself made a sacrifice.  “I’ll point out it was Matt’s son’s 13th birthday, and he as a working father, was there at the time, missing his son’s birthday.”

“I’m sitting interviewing Mary Barra, missing my son’s 13th birthday,” Lauer added.

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NBC News Boss Thanks Staff for ‘Extraordinary Week’

LauerMiddletonNBC News president Deborah Turness emailed her staff on Friday, thanking them for “driving the success we’ve seen for such great results.” Turness pointed to three big interviews by Matt Lauer last week, including Pippa Middleton, Mary Barra and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen as well as David Gregory‘s headline-making interview with Pres. Clinton, which will be played in its entirety this morning on “Meet the Press.”

“What a week! We should all be so proud of what has been achieved. Thanks to each and every person who made it all possible,” Turness writes. Read the note in full, after the jump…

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Lauer on Barra Question: I Would Have Asked a Male CEO ‘Exactly the Same Thing’

LauerBarraCNNMatt Lauer has been in the news the last couple of days — not just for his high-profile interviews with the sister of a duchess and an Olympic gold medalist — but for the way he phrased a question to General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday: whether she can “do both well,” being a CEO and a mom. CNN, HLN and Fox News pounced, debating Lauer’s question. Lauer himself responded on Facebook.

I referenced this Forbes article where [Mary] Barra talked about the challenge of balancing work life and home life. It’s an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing.

One of the commenters to the Facebook post was Joann Muller, who wrote the Forbes article. “I, too, am a working mother and Mary Barra and I have a lot in common. I never felt compelled to ask if a ‘mom’ could handle being CEO, because I already knew the answer. Of course, she could.”

What do you think?

Lauer’s full response after the jump…

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The Afternoon Ticker: Williams, Knight, Walters

  • The Knight Foundation has announced 19 winners of the Knight News Challenge with total awards of $3.47 million. The New York Public Library, Digital Public Library of America and Journalism Development Network are among the winners.

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Can Matt Lauer Pull off the Shorts Suit?

Matt Lauer showed off his new summer threads Friday on “Today,” displaying his shorts suit outfit.

“I looked at myself a second ago, I don’t think I look quite as great,” Lauer said, saying he doesn’t look as good as musician Pharrell Williams does in shorts suit.

“That time you spent in the tanning booth…not wasted,” Savannah Guthrie told her co-host.

Matt Lauer, Jorge Ramos, Willie Geist Write Open Letters to Their Daughters

matt lauer and daughterIn celebration of Father’s Day, TIME and Lean In have published a series of open letters from famous dads to their daughters. This year’s collection includes notes from Unvision’s Jorge Ramos and NBC’s Matt Lauer, Carson Daly and Willie Geist.

Matt Lauer:

Thank you for the gift of your compassion — for always being the first to want to help others, whether they’re friends or total strangers. Thank you for your humor and even your moods — because one gets us all through the other. On this father’s day, I want you to know that I feel I’m right where I belong — tightly wrapped around your little finger.

Jorge Ramos:

There’s a beautiful picture of us, with you sleeping on my chest. You were only a few weeks old and I was clearly mesmerized by you. That moment, captured in an old photograph, is my idea of happiness. It’s true love.

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Megyn Kelly Fans Will ‘Like’ This

Megyn Kelly juggles a lot as a Fox News primetime anchor and mother of three, and last night, she added one more title to the list: Facebook user.

Kelly has already posted a throwback photo from childhood and a video from the makeup chair.

And how’s this for some friendly social media competition among TV news stars—since joining Facebook Tuesday, Matt Lauer has drawn 74,000 likes; since her first post yesterday, over 164,000 fans have liked Kelly’s page.

Matt Lauer to Stay with ‘Today’

1364398054_matt-lauer-articleMatt Lauer has re-signed with NBC News, remaining as “Today” show co-anchor.

The NYTimes reports NBC executives “did not disclose the exact term of the new deal but indicated it was for more than two years.” Lauer’s current contract, which paid him a reported $20 million a year, was set to expire in the coming months.

“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”

A “Today” insider tells TVNewser, “It’s a very happy day around here. Everyone on set from the cast, crew and staff is just thrilled.”

Lauer has been co-anchor of “Today” since 1997, and was news anchor for the three years prior. The show experienced a rough 2012. It saw its 16-year winning streak broken by “Good Morning America” in April of that year, then in June, experienced the messy departure of Ann Curry as co-anchor of the show. “GMA” has remained in first place since.

Look Who Just Joined Facebook…

After 10 years, the long wait is over: Matt Lauer has joined Facebook.

Lauer hosted a Facebook live chat with “Today” show fans this morning; one question came from a familiar face.

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