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‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

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When Rambunctious Fans Invade World Cup Live Shots

As the USA-Germany game gets underway in Brazil, here’s a reminder of which lucky correspondents are covering the World Cup for their respective networks: CNN’s Lara Baldesarra, Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, ABC’s Paula Faris and NBC’s Natalie Morales, who found herself in the middle of a particularly noisy group of fans during her 9 a.m. live shot on “Today” this morning:

For those of you who work in TV news, and are not in Brazil, you may have the benefit of having a TV on your desk. And if you work for the state of New York, here’s some good news: Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved an extra hour of lunch for all New York State employees today. (Maybe he got the idea from his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo who was in Rio earlier this week covering the Team USA v. Portugal game.) See Gov. Cuomo’s tweet after the jump. Read more

NBC Invades Disney’s Backyard

fallonorlandoBoth the “Today” show and the “Tonight Show” are heading to Orlando this week as NBC’s corporate cousin Universal opens Diagon Alley, a new attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will broadcast the third hour of “Today” from the park on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon is bringing “The Tonight Show” to Universal Orlando Resort for a week of shows. Several stars of the Harry Potter movies will guest on “Today,” while Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Buffett, Rosario Dawson, and Pitbull are among the guests on “Tonight.” Fallon and announcer Steve Higgins also get in on the Miami Vice action for tonight’s opening credit sequence (above).

Universal opened its first Orlando theme park in 1990. NBC merged with Universal in 2004. Orlando is most famous for the theme parks operated by Disney, the first of which opened in 1971. Disney owns NBC rival ABC.

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Savannah Guthrie Dreamt She Kissed a Colleague; Matt Lauer Hates the Orange Couch

TodaySet1It’s National Honesty Day, honestly. So this morning the “Today” show anchors revealed a truth they’ve been keeping secret. “I had a dream that I kissed a member of the ‘Today’ show cast who shall remain nameless,” Savannah Guthrie admitted. “Male or female?” Al Roker asked. Guthrie said male, but left it at that.

“Mine’s a simple one,” said Matt Lauer. “I hate the orange couch.” Natalie Morales and Savannah piled on: “I hate it too! …we don’t like it either. “ ”It drives me crazy every time i sit down,” Lauer said. As for Al Roker, he admitted that he’s a “shy person.”

“You were not all that shy when Savannah was kissing you in your dream,” said Lauer.

Something tells me “Today” will be skipping National Honesty Day next April 30.

Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: ‘Let’s Be Clear… I Have Never Said Hippety, Never’

FallonWilliamsFor years, without knowing it, Brian Williams has been uttering the lyrics of Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice.” It took one of Jimmy Fallon‘s producers to turn it into late night viral gold. And it’s not the first time. For his part, Williams wants everyone to know, he has no part in Fallon’s “hobby.”

“Here’s the deal,” Williams said to Fallon in his first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, “Every night, I’m downstairs. I’m doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby and all this,” Williams joked. “And people think I’ve somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear… I have never said hippety, never.”

“You’ve done this to me 7 times,” Williams continued. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon said.

With cameos from Natalie Morales and Lester Holt, watch the Brian Williams version of “Gin and Juice” after the jump…

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Journalists Running in Boston Marathon Share Experience via Social

As we’ve reported, there are TV news personalities part of the 118th Boston Marathon story today, as NBC’s Natalie Morales and Fox News’ Anna Kooiman join the race.

“Today” just tweeted a photo of Morales crossing the finish line.

While Kooiman showed off her multi-tasking skills a couple hours–and miles–back, posting a photo she took while running on her Facebook page.

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The Morning Ticker: Velshi Expanding, ‘Today’ Gets SiriusXM, CEOs Score

  • Starting today, Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money with Ali Velshi” will expand to one hour. Velshi says the goal of the program, which airs Monday-Friday at 7pmET, “[I]s to shed a light on the needs of millions of Americans – not only by looking at Washington and policymakers, but by talking to real families and Americans experiencing economic struggles.”

  • SiriusXM and NBC News will launch “Today Show Radio” June 26. The new channel 108 will give SiriusXM listeners across the country access to live audio feeds of the show, including replays. “Today” joins other NBU channels on SiriusXM including CNBC on channel 112, and MSNBC on channel 117.

  • The Wrap is out with its 2013 Compensation Survey. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves pulled in $66.9 million, a +7.6% gain over 2012. Steve Burke, president and CEO of NBCUniversal, earned $31.1 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the previous year, and Disney CEO Bob Iger took a -14% pay cut, still pulling in $34.3 million.

John Berman Will NOT Be Running the Boston Marathon

In addition to NBC’s Natalie Morales, FNC’s Anna Kooiman will be running the 118th Boston Marathon today. Kooiman told “Fox & Friends” this morning she’s “Nervous, anxious, [and] excited all at the same time.” Meanwhile, dozens of other tvnewsers are along the route covering the race, among them CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and John Berman. In between live reports, Baldwin got this Vine of Berman, who will not be running.

Natalie Morales: ‘Mind Over Matter’ During Boston Marathon

natalie moralesWith three days to go until the Boston Marathon, Natalie Morales — who is running the race as part of the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” campaign — is dealing with a strained hamstring, the New York Daily News reports:

“It is literally a pain in my butt,” says Morales, who is running the 26.2 miles to raise money for The One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation charities to benefit victims. “It really is painful, but I’m hoping that with all of the adrenaline and the support of the crowd, that it will be mind over matter.”

On “Today” this morning, Morales showed off the shoes she will wear while she runs — custom-made Adidas with inspirational quotes on them.

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