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CNBC’s ‘Next 25′ Gala Brings Out Finance Stars

In celebration of the network’s 25th anniversary, last night, CNBC hosted “The Next 25” Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Attendees included: Mickey Drexler, Martha Stewart, Jeffrey Bewkes, Barry Diller, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Sir Martin Sorrell, Jack Welch, Bob Wright, Regis Philbin, as well as CNBC talent and executives, to name a few.

(Photos by: Virginia Sherwood/CNBC)

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5 Questions for… Meg Tirrell

3000Tirrell_Head_Silo_300dpiMeg Tirrell joined CNBC last April as a general assignment reporter focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Roughly six months later, the Ebola crisis has turned her beat into must-watch television. Tirrell started at Bloomberg News where made a name for herself by breaking stories on the pharma beat.

Tirrell spoke with TVNewser about a variety of topics including how the media has covered Ebola and her a capella group. Seriously, she’s in an a capella group.

TVNewser: You joined CNBC about six months ago. What’s been the biggest surprise so far?

Tirrell: Taking the question literally, my biggest surprise probably was when our 5pm show, “Fast Money,” asked me to do a segment on the drug Cialis (which is for, er… men’s health), and then I walked on set to find that I was going to be doing the segment side by side… with Regis Philbin. We made it a commendable 90 seconds without cracking up, and it was amazing.

Taking the question more seriously, I think one of the biggest surprises has been just how small the organization is, for such a big enterprise. Everyone owns their beat and has a seat at the table, which is awesome.

TVNewser: How/why did you get into the biotech and pharmaceutical field?

Tirrell: I come from a family of scientists, so it’s a natural fit, but I had a little bit of a circuitous path here. I initially planned to be an arts critic, but then stumbled on business reporting because of a wonderful adviser in grad school at Northwestern. Then at Bloomberg News I was offered a spot on the health team covering pharmaceuticals and biotech, and it stuck. I love how human the stories on this beat are, and how important medicine is to people’s lives. And it certainly doesn’t hurt having a phone full of chemists and biochemists to call with the silly questions I’m too embarrassed to ask people I’m not related to.

TVNewser: Shepard Smith, among others, recently criticized the media for “irresponsible” reporting on Ebola. What is your opinion of the coverage Ebola has received?

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Kathie Lee Gifford Accepts Regis Philbin’s ‘Giant of Broadcasting’ Award

chuckTVNewser attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today. Prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities attended the event, which honors distinguished leadership or performance in TV and radio.

“Today” show fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke on behalf of her former “LIVE” partner, Regis Philbin, who could not accept his award in person.

She joked that Regis asked, “Am I’m not already a Giant of Broadcasting?” Chuck Scarborough longtime anchor of  WNBC’s “News 4 New York” was also honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.”

Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, a pioneer who created the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” among others, was honored posthumously. His daughter and Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver spoke on his behalf.

Other honorees included Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill – co-anchors and managing editors of PBS “NewsHour,” and Fred Silverman, former CBS, ABC, and NBC executive who brought some of the most iconic programs of the 1970s and 1980s to broadcast TV.

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During CNBC Interview, Regis Philbin Gets Summer Internship Offer

During an appearance on CNBC’s “Fast Money” this week, Regis Philbin was offered a job — as a summer intern.

During Philbin’s appearance, Greenlight Capital president David Einhorn called in to the CNBC control room because he’s “always wanted to meet Regis.” Einhorn, who runs a New York-based hedge fund, congratulated Regis on a recent stock pick and said he’d like to bring Philbin on in an official capacity: “We’re trying to get some young blood in at Greenlight, some young minds, and I was wondering maybe if you want to come intern for the summer,” Einhorn suggested.

“Exactly what I’ve got, some young blood,” Philbin joked. Watch:

Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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The Ticker: Ross, Philbin, Kelly-Brown

  • ABC’s Brian Ross hit a jaywalking pedestrian outside the network’s headquarters Sunday evening. Ross says he was “slowly” pulling up to his parking spot when a 52-year-old former taxi driver walked in front of his BMW. The man suffered a broken arm, bruises and back pain.

  • Regis Philbin is scaling back his work at Fox Sports 1′s “Crowd Goes Wild” after the Super Bowl. Philbin actually told the NYTimes’ Richard Sandomir that he was leaving the show, but Fox Sports says he’s just taking February off, then returning on a limited basis.

  • NBCU PR exec Kathy Kelly-Brown has been named to the new role of SVP of Global Talent Booking. Working in collaboration with producers and bookers across NBCUniversal, Kelly-Brown will develop publicity opportunities for upcoming film, TV, book and music projects.

Kathie Lee Gifford: ‘I’m Going to Have Something Called a Podcast’

For the debut of her Podcast one program this week, Kathie Lee Gifford will have Regis Philbin as her first guest. Gifford talked about the debut on the fourth hour of “Today” this morning: “You know me now with the iPhone, and the iPad, and the tweaking, and the — no twerking, but tweeting. And now this coming Wednesday for the first time I’m going to have something called a podcast.”

Philbin bumped Gifford’s current co-host, Hoda Kotb, who will have to wait three weeks to appear on the program. Watch:

Brian Williams Does an Excellent Regis Impression

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and resident television news funnyman Brian Williams was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night. Williams broke out a spot-on impression of Fox Sports 1 host Regis Philbin, who he referred to as “America’s pre-existing condition,” for the occasion.

“If you can find pound-for-pound a better entertainment value than that very compact man — we got a little booster seat for him, and we spent about half of the dinner talking about our mutual love for you,” Williams told Letterman. Watch:

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Debuts on ‘Fox & Friends’

“Fox & Friends,” the No. 1 cable news channel morning show since Nov. 2001, saw its first significant change in 7 years. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who survived “Survivor” and “The View” joined Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade this morning.

Hasselbeck got a welcome from Regis Philbin, a cake from Carlo’s, she did Zumba with Sean Hannity and got a visit from, naturally, Donald Trump. The show also got a new set. (See the construction video after the jump).

Hasselbeck replaces Gretchen Carlson on the couch. Carlson had been F&F co-host since 2006. She’s now going to anchor part of FNC’s dayside lineup.

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Regis Philbin Gets Into Feud With Colleagues, Also Gets a Horse

With the debut of Fox Sports 1, Regis Philbin is returning to the daily airwaves as one of the co-hosts on the afternoon show “Crowd Goes Wild.”

Philbin quickly got into a feud with the channel’s star sports highlight team Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. It wasn’t pretty.

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Also, in honor of his birthday, his co-hosts decided to get the man who has everything the one thing he doesn’t have: his own horse. The horse’s name? “Regis: The Horse.”

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