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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

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NBC Shoots Down Rumors of ‘Today,’ Natalie Morales Beef

NEWnatalie-morales-cosmo“Today” show executive producer Don Nash has shot down a New York Post report that Natalie Morales is planning on leaving the show over a power struggle. The Post reported that Morales’ reps have been looking for other opportunities after an internal strife with fellow host Tamron Hall and NBC News president Deborah Turness.

“This is total nonsense,” Nash says. “As the ‘Today’ show continues to gain momentum, it sounds like someone is trying to stir up trouble that doesn’t exist. Natalie Morales is valued by everyone at the news division from the top down, and her future is with the ‘Today’ show and NBC News.”

Morales has been with the “Today” show since 2006. “Page Six” reports Turness hasn’t talked to her in months and wishes to promote Hall into a larger roll. However, Hall took to Twitter this afternoon with a subtle message that could be aimed at the report

 

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

Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage

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MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host MSNBC.com’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.

Brian Williams Leads NBC News Election Night Coverage

brian-williams-dncNBC News will provide two one-hour primetime specials on election night, led by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET, and continues online at 11 p.m. with a live “digital-exclusive” program through midnight.

NBC will also provide brief special reports on the broadcast network throughout the evening, and “NBC Nightly News” will update its broadcast for the West coast. A second live hour of election coverage will air in the West at 10 p.m. PT.

Williams will anchor from a new elections desk at NBC News headquarters in New York, joined by Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, Tamron Hall, “TODAY” co-host, Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News senior political analyst and host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

 

Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Will Lead Skating Coverage for 2018 Olympics

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski announced on the “Today” show Wednesday that they’ve been named NBC Sports’ lead figure skating announcer team for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo joined Tamron Hall in the Orange Room and Weir jokingly announced, “we’re pregnant” before announcing the real news.

‘Today’ Host Tamron Hall Injured During Haunted House Tour

“Today” show third hour co-anchor Tamron Hall took one for the team this weekend.

Doctors diagnosed Hall with a deep muscle tear developed from screaming too much during a weekend trip to a haunted house. Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist joined Hall for a taping at the Brighton Asylum haunted house in Passaic, New Jersey Friday night. On the way home Hall complained of stomach pain, which got worse into Saturday morning.

I was really in so much pain, went to the hospital, didn’t tell my mom until now, because she would have been hysterical. Went to the hospital, had a sonogram, blood work, the whole nine yards. I have a deep muscle tear.

The house takes an estimated 20 minutes to complete and Hall was apparently screaming the entire time. The segment will air later this week.

The Morning Ticker: Snyderman, Capus, Hall

  • NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman was spotted out and about in Hopewell, NJ, near Princeton yesterday. Dr. Snyderman is under a self-imposed, not government-mandated, quarantine after working with NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who was diagnosed with Ebola in Africa last week.

  • Tamron Hall got dunked in a giant tank of water this morning by her “Today” show colleague Natalie Morales, and helped raise $14,000 for breast cancer research in the process. ”It went up my nose!” Hall said as she emerged from the tank.


First Ebola Patient In U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Has Died

Duncan 2This morning, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed person diagnosed with Ebola in America, died.

Duncan had reportedly contracted the virus in Liberia weeks ago after helping a pregnant woman stricken with Ebola. He then traveled to the U.S. to be with his fiancee. Once in the U.S., he started showing symptoms. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home despite having high fever and telling doctors he was recently in Liberia. Only after his family contacted the Center for Disease Control was he hospitalized.

CBS News cut in at 11:24amET with Jim Axelrod anchoring in New York and Dr. Jon LaPook contributing. NBC News cut in at 11:34amET with Erica Hill anchoring in New York, Ron Mott reporting from Dallas and Pete Williams from Washington, DC. ABC News did not provide broadcast special report.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:15amET. Fox News’ Shannon Bream first reported the news at 11:16amET. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reported the news at 11:19amET.

Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News Ebola Patient, to Return to U.S. Sunday For Treatment

AshokaMukpoAshoka Mukpo, the American NBC News freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola yesterday in Liberia, will be returning to the U.S. for treatment Sunday.

His parents Dr. Mitchell Levy and Diane Mukpo were on the “Today” show this morning, telling Tamron Hall, “His spirits are better today.” He has been seeing “the death and tragedy and now it’s really hit home for him” (watch after the jump).

Mukpo was working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Monrovia. Snyderman, who will also return to the U.S. and be quarantined for 21 days told Matt Lauer, “We shared a work space. We shared vehicles. We shared equipment. But everyone here is hyper-alert. We have not been in close proximity. No one shakes hands. There’s no hugging.”

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