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‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Good Morning America’ Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

MJ and GMA

“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and several “Good Morning America” personalities got drenched this week for a good cause.

On Thursday, the “MJ” duo accepted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, getting doused with ice water while sitting in a giant kiddie pool (must say Joe got the worst of it). The next day, “GMA’s” Lara Spencer, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, and Tory Johnson accepted colleague Michael Strahan‘s challenge. Standing in NYC’s Central Park, the GMAers received quite the cooldown on a sunny summer day.

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The Ticker: Guthrie, ‘World News,’ Brzezinski

  • As promised, Savannah Guthrie signed off from “Today” this morning to start her maternity leave. “It’s been so fun, it’s such a surreal thing to go through it on TV like this … it has gone fast and I’ve been so lucky, I haven’t felt bad or anything, mostly,” she said.

  • Reporting on the death of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, “ABC World News” aired an incorrect animation that showed the general in a conference room, and not outside, at the time of the shooting. “While the underlying reporting was solid, a graphic later proved to be inaccurate. We regret the mistake,” an ABC News spokesperson told the Daily News.

  • “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will host an anniversary gala for Adweek’s 25th annual Brand Genius feature. The gala — celebrating the best brand marketers — will be held September 30 in New York.

David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press’ Seat Continues Getting Hotter

david gregory_304x200Another new report suggests David Gregory‘s run as “Meet the Press” moderator is drawing to a close.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove expands on a New York Post report, writing that Gregory is “toast,” with either Chuck Todd or the Joe Scarborough-Mika Brzezinski tandem in line to replace him.

In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the [Page Six] item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. According to my sources, Scarborough, 51, a Washington-savvy former Republican congressman from Florida, and Brzezinski, 47, the supremely well-connected daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, have been aggressively angling for the job in the event of Gregory’s all-but-certain demise. The 42-year-old Todd, who has occasionally clashed with Scarborough on the air, leading some to believe that there’s little love lost between them, has slimmed down in recent weeks to fighting trim. Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.

This afternoon, Scarborough addressed the rumors on Twitter.

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Cable News Stars Wheel and Deal

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Some real estate wheeling and dealing among cable news talent, as Mika Brzezinski recently put down roots in DC and Sam Champion continues to try and exit New York for good.

The Washington Post reports Brzezinski recently bought a Georgetown two-bedroom, two bathroom condo for close to $1 million. Brzezinski co-hosts “Morning Joe” from New York City and lives in New York, so the new DC digs must be for the weekends.

Meanwhile, Champion, who moved to Atlanta upon his arrival at The Weather Channel, is trying to make the forecast sunnier for prospective buyers of his NYC penthouse. He reportedly lowered the asking price for his Upper West Side condo another $1 million; the price slash now makes his asking price $2 million less than when he first listed the swanky pad in 2011.

This Cable News Host Isn’t Headed to ‘The View’

Mika Brzezinski at Fortune Summit_304x200As speculation about who will replace Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy on “The View” grows, you can scratch at least one name off the list.

We’ve been hearing that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski could potentially be headed to the ABC chat show, so we asked MSNBC. The network tells us there’s no truth to the rumor.

Meanwhile, Meredith Vieira, one of the original “The View” co-hosts was on NBC’s “Today” show giving her thoughts on last night’s firing of Shepherd and McCarthy. “It’s practically broken down the show, it’s just Whoopi [Goldberg] who’s left,” said Vieira.

Vieira said she’s heard rumors of former host Rosie O’Donnell returning as well as the potential for male hosts. Al Roker asked Vieira if she can make a call and get the inside scoop. “I don’t have enough to do, that I have to do your homework…I don’t work on the show anymore!” Vieira said (watch after the jump).

A couple hours later, Barbara Walters returned to “The View” to discuss her interview with the father of the Isla Vista shooter, which will air tonight in a “20/20″ special. The segment was pre-taped Wednesday, before Shepherd and McCarthy’s exits.

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Mika Brzezinski Files Viral Mug Shot Story Under ‘Stories My Producer is Making Me Do’

MJShe might have scored an interview with President Obama, but the glow of that big get didn’t overshadow one story Mika Brzezinski simply didn’t want to cover this morning.

“I’m going to file this next story under stories my producer is making me do that I don’t agree with, but OK,” Brzezinski said, before reporting on a a mug shot of a California man whose looks have made his criminal photo a viral sensation on Facebook.

“One woman actually wrote this…’mama, I’m in love with a criminal.’ I swear.”

This denunciation by Brzezinski pales in comparison to 2007, when she infamously attempted to light one of her scripts on fire in protest over leading “Morning Joe” with a story on Paris Hilton.

“My producer Andy Jones is not listening to me,” Brzezinski said back then, then grabbing a lighter to try and burn her scripts. Luckily, Willie Geist was by her side, serving as MSNBC’s resident firefighter. “Easy, easy…you need to be subdued,” Geist said, yanking the lighter from his colleague.

Kate Bolduan, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell to Interview Pres. Obama Today

NBC News Obama special report_304x200Two cable morning show anchors will be interviewing Pres. Obama today. CNN’s “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will sit down with the president today. Both interviews air Monday, previewing Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families.

Meanwhile, another cable news host, Greta Van Susteren, is taking the president to task. “I am furious at President Obama if he blew this opportunity,” writes Van Susteren on GretaWire.

>Update: Norah O’Donnell also gets an interview with Obama. An excerpt will air tonight on the “CBS Evening News,” with the full interview airing on Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

Megyn Kelly to Joe Scarborough: ‘Join His Four Viewers’ Tomorrow Morning

Kelly JoeYou don’t often see an MSNBC host popping up on Fox News airwaves, but “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough spent part of his evening last night with Megyn Kelly.

Promoting his book, “The Right Path,” Scarborough and Kelly got into a friendly exchange over the belief that the former Congressman is a “faux conservative.”

“That’s so 2011…they don’t say that about me,” Scarborough told Kelly, adding that he “loves” Fox News’ Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “As you know, I’m a uniter, not a divider.”

“I don’t know that…I don’t know you at all,” Kelly shot back.

After Scarborough complimented Kelly on her studio, Kelly joked: “There’s still a blond woman on this set interrupting you at every turn,” she joked, referencing Scarbourough’s co-host Mika Brzezinski. “Only if you snapped your fingers at me, you’d have eight fingers instead of 10.”

And for the final friendly dagger, Kelly told viewers where to find Scarborough: “If you want to see more of Joe, you can join his four viewers and see it tomorrow morning,” Kelly laughed. “Just kidding,” she added.

For the record, Kelly was 298,996 total and 75,996 demo viewers short on her total. Last week, “Morning Joe” averaged 299,000 viewers and 76,000 demo viewers.

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Longtime ABC News Anchor ‘Mad’ About Being Left Out of Barbara Walters’ Farewell

9781452062358_COVER.inddWhen 25 women in TV news were invited to take the stage for Barbara Walters‘ final “The View,” you knew someone — or many women — would be left out. Carole Simpson, a longtime ABC News anchor, has taken to Facebook, to share her displeasure about not being invited. Simpson, the author of the 2010 memoir “News Lady,” writes:

I wonder why I wasn’t included among the two dozen network newswomen and anchors who feted Barbara Walters at a private party and then on “The View?” We both worked at NBC and ABC at the same times. She is my idol and I believe she knows that. At first I was very sad and now I am very mad. I guess ABC News, after my 24 years there, still considers me persona non grata. The black woman anchor, who had to speak her mind for herself and others, is erased from ABC history.

As it turns out, ABC News had nothing to do with the invitations. It was left to “The View” producers to compile the list. Other women who might have been, but weren’t on the show include Christiane Amanpour, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, Andrea MitchellGwen Ifill, and Judy Woodruff.

TV News Covers New York Times Shakeup

abramson-300x300TV news personalities have been covering yesterday’s shakeup at the New York Times, where executive editor Jill Abramson was dismissed, and managing editor Dean Baquet replaced her to become the first African American executive editor of the Times.

Howard Kurtz wrote a piece for Foxnews.com today, noting how unusual an abrupt departure like this is at the Times; he also praised Abramson.

Abramson can be a tough customer, but there is no room for shrinking violets at the top of major media organizations. Since she was an inside player who rarely appeared on television, I don’t think she got enough credit for some important work done by the Times—including some early critical reporting about ObamaCare.

Instead, she got trashed by unnamed sources, such as in a Politico piece last year that reported she had once “blown up in a meeting,” traveled a lot and once told an editor to leave a meeting and change a photo. Horrors!

On “Fox and Friends” this morning, the co-hosts talked about the “war on women” at the New York Times, referencing reports that Abramson had made less than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. On “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said she believes reports of the Times’ pay gap based on her own experience in the TV news business, also citing MSNBC.

“We have our own story here that we’ve written about, so we can put that aside,” Brzezinski said about having previously made it public that she was being paid significantly less than co-host Joe Scarborough.

Other talent took to Twitter.

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