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‘Today’ Anchors Discuss ‘Tumultuous Day’ During Christmas Tree Lighting

TodayTreeGrandJuryNBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” was the most-watched program on TV last night, with 9.38 million viewers tuning in, and a 5.8 Household rating. The show came in second to “Survivor” in the A18-49 demo in the 8pmET hour.

As the show was hosted by “Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, the news of the day was not overlooked. “It’s been a bit of an emotional and even tumultuous day here in New York City,” said Lauer. “It’s been a day of protests, in some cases even close to where we’re broadcasting tonight because of a grand jury decision earlier in the day,” Guthrie added.

“So even as we do welcome the holiday season, we have to say, we hope it will be a healthy, a joyous and a peaceful holiday season for everyone,” added Lauer.

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Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

NBC News Boss on US Weekly ‘Today’ Show Story: ‘The Rumors are Wrong — Period’

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This is NOT the “Today” show’s week.

US Weekly went waaaaay out on a limb this morning with a piece claiming that two “Today” show hosts were fired.

Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales “were recently told they were fired,” an NBC source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells Us.

None of that is true, say NBC and CBS and ABC.

When we asked whether Geist has “lined up a gig” at CBS News, spokesperson Sonya McNair told TVNewser, “No.” When we asked ABC if Morales is in talks with that network, we were told the network doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation. (Morales is under contract with NBC News for two more years, until November, 2016.)

As for NBC, network news president Deborah Turness is crystal clear: “the rumors are wrong — period:”

NBC’s TODAY has the best anchor team in morning television. The entire TODAY show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.

The US Weekly story is a byproduct of the firing of “Today” show SVP Jamie Horowitz earlier this week. Read more

Part II of Navy SEAL Report is Most-Watched Fox News Doc Ever

SealDoocyPart II of Peter Doocy‘s “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden” drew a preliminary 3.37 million viewers last night, topping even Part I on Tuesday night and making it the most-watched documentary on Fox News ever. Part II was up +25% in viewers and up +10% in the demo vs. Part I.

The special was the most-watched show on Fox News yesterday in both viewers and the A25-54 demo. In the special, Robert O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL, talked about his involvement in the mission to kill Usama bin Laden, and what speaking out about the secret operation has meant to him and his family.

O’Neill is not done talking. He was on “Happening Now” earlier today, on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight and he’ll be interviewed by Savannah Guthrie tomorrow on “Today.”

Guthrie, Lauer Play ‘Tonight Show’ Pop Quiz

“Today” show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie appeared on “The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to play his trivia challenge. The “Today” co-hosts sat in elevating chairs, wearing a particularly pointy dunce caps with large water balloon water balloons overhead. Each wrong answer means a notch closer to the balloon, until someone gets drenched.

The loser was doused after revealing they didn’t know which actress played Matthew Broderick’s sister in the classic movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Check out the video to see who prevailed.

Savannah Guthrie Returns to ‘Today’

304SavannahSavannah Guthrie returned to the “Today” show this morning after weeks off for maternity leave. The new mother used her first day back to share intimate photos and video of her favorite and more challenging moments of baby Vale’s first few months. “It’s so great to be back,” Guthrie said before hearing Natalie Morales’ advice on a new mother returning to work.

On the plaza, fans welcomed her back with a huge sign, saying, “Welcome Back Savannah.”

Josh Lucas, Debra Messing, Keri Russell, Rita Wilson, Glenn Close, Russell Brand, Seth Rogen, Jill Martin, Minnie Driver, Lady Antebellum, Chelsea Handler, Emmy Rossum, Clive Davis and B.J. Novak were among the celebrities to welcome Savannah back to “Today.” See video of all the memorable moments after the jump.  Read more

Natalie Morales and Willie Geist On the ‘Today’ Show’s New Family Members

Morales and Geist in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

Morales and Geist in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

Fresh out of their costumes as Saturday Night Live’Mary Katherine Gallagher and Spartan cheerleader Craig, “Today” show co-anchors Natalie Morales and Willie Geist told TVNewser they are delighted with the show’s well-received Halloween 2014 Boo-Nanza on Friday.

“We all get along so well,” Morales says about her on-air colleagues, citing the ”camaraderie” she felt as they portrayed famous SNL characters in a collection of skits.

It’s a far cry from the discord and tension at “Today” in 2012, when Ann Curry‘s exit from the show triggered an onslaught of negative publicity.

Since then, Savannah Guthrie – back from maternity leave this morning — was named co-anchor. Geist officially joined the “Today” family as well.

“I think you read things and you hear things about what TV shows are like behind the scenes – you know it’s cutthroat, and all that,” Geist told TVNewser, during an interview in Chicago Saturday ahead of “Skyscraper Live,” which Geist and Morales hosted last night.

“I was so impressed by how it was unlike anything I’d read the show was, and how good everyone is to each other and how well they get along.”

As the show continues to move forward, other new faces are on the scene as well.

Former ABC morning show competitor Josh Elliott made his first on-set appearance on “Today” last week, filling in for Morales as news anchor.  Read more

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

Kate Bolduan Stops by CNN With Baby Cecelia

CNN “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan has been out on maternity leave, but stopped by the set this morning to talk about her past, while also sharing a bit of her future too. Bolduan was accompanied by her new baby Cecelia, who seemed content in her TV debut.

“I’ve totally changed, I’m a little puddle of love,” Bolduan said when asked about motherhood. “New Day” also aired Bolduan’s “Roots” feature, part of a series of reports into the backgrounds of CNN anchors.


“Roots: Our Journeys Home,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira, is a compilation of the stories airing tomorrow night at 9pmET.

In other morning show baby news, “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie will return from maternity leave on November 3.

Brian Williams Gets Social; Holds First Facebook Q&A

WilliamsFacebookFollowing “Nightly News” Thursday, Brian Williams conducted his first Facebook Q&A. Many of the questions came from his NBC News colleagues, including Carson Daly who asked him about his drinking habits while he travels.

“Carson Daly, ladies and gentlemen! The man, the myth, the LEGEND. I love me some Today Show Carson, but I REALLY love the nighttime show…”

Matt Lauer asked Williams about his choice of movies: Blazing Saddles or GhostbustersSavannah Guthrie gave him a hard time about some missing lip gloss and Natalie Morales asked him about what other job he might have pursued and he replied “any opportunity to work with Willie Geist.”

Geist chimed in and asked him who his favorite member of NWA is.

Speaking of rap, Williams was asked what he thinks of the Jimmy Fallon mashups.

“They’ve been amazing. Never before have so many words been re-purposed so outside their original meaning. We have interviewed the profoundly talented video editor and will put it on the web before long.”

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