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Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Ending a Week of Going To the “Ends of the Earth”

bennett_11-20.BMPIt was a typical morning at the Today show — atypical.

The teen stars of the new movie, “Twilight,” were there, CNBC’s Jim Cramer talked about the market lows, Dr. Nancy Snyderman talked about the rise in doulas and Tony Bennett performed with a 12-man band.

But the big topic when TVNewser arrived this morning was the culmination of this year’s “Ends of the Earth.” Matt Lauer was back from Belize, Meredith Vieira returned from down under and Al Roker was fully defrosted from two days in Iceland.

But one member of America’s first family was still on her end of the earth. Ann Curry and her team made the decision last night to descend from their Mount Kilimanjaro climb without making it to the summit.

“They were hurting,” said EP Jim Bell. Altitude sickness.

Earlier this week, all four anchors were live from their locations and were able to interact. “How they all got to talk to each other shocked me,” said Bell who credited both the anchors and tech teams for making it happen.

And even before 2008′s global green trek ends, Bell tells TVNewser they’ll do it all again in ’09. “I’m already starting to think about next year,” Bell told us in the control room, as Curry ended her live shot.

Upstairs from Studio 1A, Lester Holt was preparing for his next news segment…and studying Italian flashcards. He’s taking classes twice a week.

We crossed the hall and chatted with Roker about why “adventure girl” Curry seems to get the longest “Ends of the Earth” assignments. He’s also baffled by the whole “‘Twilight’ thing.”

Click continued to see Vieira’s interview with Cramer, from inside the studio…

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