It’s doubtful CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker feels too rosy about O’Donnell: back in 2010, she said Zucker—who was President of NBC Entertainment at the time—should be ashamed of himself (along with Jay Leno) for not handing over the “Tonight Show” reins more readily to then-”Late Show” host Conan O’Brien.
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ABC’s Cecilia Vega, reporting on the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, told her own personal story about her father Raul. “He was a heroin addict before I was born. He was a heroin addict when I was a child. And ultimately, it got the best of him.”
Rosie O’Donnell returns to “The View,” tomorrow. The episode, which has already been taped, includes a declaration even Rosie thought she would never make, teases ABC. Rosie left “The View” in 2007.
CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” is following in the footsteps of its predecessor “Larry King Live,” and having guest-hosts for all of next week while Morgan is in London filming “Life Stories.”
Among those filling in for Morgan: Wolf Blitzer, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Ad exec and NBC regular Donny Deutsch, Rosie O’Donnell and Arsenio Hall. Blitzer will anchor a politically-focused show on Tuesday, with the other hosts covering a wide swath of topics, from entertainment to politics. Blitzer previously filled in for Morgan the evening that Steve Jobs passed away, though the show has never gone a full week with guest-hosts.
“Piers Morgan Tonight” has been tweaking its format recently, including a new segment called ‘Only in America,” where Morgan gives his take on the news of the day.
The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.
“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford did something on the 4th hour of NBC “Today” show yesterday that most people are not used to seeing on-air talent do: hosted their show without any make-up.
“Just before the show I felt uneasy because I kept thinking of two words — HIGH DEF,” Kotb tells TVNewser. “Then after we got rolling, it became liberating. We felt free! (It was either the no-make-up or the cocktails, not sure which.)”
Rosie O’Donnell returns to TV next Wednesday, hosting a variety show, “Rosie Live,” at 8pm on NBC. It was last November when O’Donnell was in talks with MSNBC to host a program, which ended up being “over B4 it began.”
We had a deal and it was about to be announced and NBC changed their mind. It turned out to be a blessing, I think, because I don’t know that arguing about politics is really the best use of my talent. And I also think that Rachel Maddow is unbelievably wonderful.
“My guess is that she will get a daytime show on NBC with a package deal to do a night-time talk show on MSNBC.”
“What she wants is a daytime show with a night-time show mixed in. The night-time show will be on MSNBC, and it will be a very liberal show, and during the morning she’ll be the happy, friendly Rosie.”
Friedman writes since O’Donnell left “The View” on May 25, the ABC talk-fest has lost over 400,000 viewers.
>An emailer wonders: “Could this take the place of Scarborough Country if Joe Officially begins Morning Joe?”