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Willie Geist and Carson Daly Undergo Live Testicular Cancer Exams

“Today” show hosts  Willie Geist and Carson Daly underwent testicular cancer exams on live TV this morning. The procedure was part of “No-Shave Today,” an initiative to heighten awareness of men’s health. Last year, it was Matt Lauer and Al Roker undergoing prostate exams.

“It’s a nerve-wracking thing because at any moment you’re afraid the doctor is going to say they’re discovering something,” Daly said.

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‘Today’ Hosts Laugh Off Reports Of Being Fired: ‘What Are You Doing Here?’

“Today” poked fun at a spate of recent reports, including the rumor hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist had been fired. “Natalie and I walked into work yesterday and looked at each other and said, ‘what are you doing here?’” Geist joked.

Geist added that the support he’d received on Twitter and Facebook after the false report “blew me away. It just reaffirmed for me how special this show is.”

Al Roker also joked about a Page Six piece suggesting NBC had held an “Al Roker intervention” after “a series of cringe-worthy live gaffes.” “You can’t trust anything I say,” Roker joked.

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

Deborah Turness to Work with ‘Today’ Team Until GM Slot is Filled

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Back in January, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent out this org chart of her senior leadership team. There was a slot to fill: SVP and GM of the “Today” show. Today, that position is open again.

Jamie Horowitz, hired for the job back in May, didn’t make it to his first official day with NBC — Dec. 1. As TVNewser first reported, Horowitz was fired late Monday.

This morning, insiders tell us Matt Lauer was among those who’d lost faith in his leadership, but that any goodwill Horowitz had earned from Turness and her boss, Pat Fili-Krushel, who both recruited Horowitz from ESPN earlier this year, had run out.

Horowitz had been making the rounds at the show since September.  “He’s a really smart guy, and he’s been great at reaching out to us, getting our input, and so far we’re really impressed,” co-host Willie Geist told TVNewser two weeks ago.

It was in those meetings, from top talent, to the production assistants, that a profile began to emerge of an executive who would pit staffers against one another; a game of ‘Survivor,’ the Daily News called it, with people’s livelihoods at stake. “He was creating drama that wasn’t there,” an insider says.

Geist, who knows Horowitz personally, was among those angered by his antics. (Geist’s sister Libby worked with Horowitz at ESPN and is married to his former producing partner Kevin Wildes.)

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The Evening Ticker: Lauer, Suratt, Kelly

  • The “Today” show kicked off its second annual No-Shave “Today.” Matt Lauer, Al RokerWillie Geist and Carson Daly will once again grow beards this month to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.

  • Samuel T. Suratt, the Archivist for CBS News for more than 20 years from 1969 to 1991, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in New York City. He was 81.

  • In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly got the “Saturday Night Live” treatment over the weekend. Cecily Strong played the FNC anchor for SNL’s cold open, which focused on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s defense of Ebola quarantines. WATCH:

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

Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Jim Cantore Hit the Windy City for Wallenda Skyscraper Walk

Discovery ChannelIt’s being billed as the most dangerous tightrope walk in the history of the Wallenda family: tonight in the Windy City, Nik Wallenda is set to cross the Chicago River while more than 50 stories high above the water, with no tether and no net.

For an encore, he’s then to do a second, shorter wire walk, between the two famed Marina Tower buildings located nearby. And this time, he’ll be blindfolded.

Not a feat for the faint of heart.

“Nik is probably the coolest, most calm guy when it comes to these things, as you would want him to be,” says Natalie Morales. who, with Today colleague Willie Geist, will co-anchor Discovery Channel’s coverage of the high-intensity event, which is being produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions.  ”I think we feel more of a comfort level, knowing how well he trains for the unforeseen circumstance.”

“I think we’re so confident in Nik because he’s so confident in himself,” adds Geist. “He does things he knows he’s capable of doing.”

TVNewser caught up with Morales and Geist in Chicago as the two prepped for today’s broadcast.  It will be the second time the pair will anchor such coverage, having teamed up last year with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore for Wallenda’s Grand Canyon walk.

Cantore is part of tonight’s event as well, providing updated forecasts during the show. He told TVNewser in Chicago that while the weather will be blustery - temperatures in the low-to-mid 40′s, with winds between 15-20 mph – that’s his forecast for those of us on the ground.  For Wallenda, “the winds can be a little bit stronger up there.”

Should the gusts be too great during his walk, Wallenda has said that his backup plan is to hold on to the wire and wait for help to arrive.

It will be a dangerous endeavor. Peacock Productions President and General Manager Sharon Scott confirms with TVNewser that there will be a 10-second delay during the broadcast, and Morales and Geist say they’re prepared should something go awry.

“Rest assured, there is a plan,” says Geist. ”But we don’t plan on using it.”

Another strategic consideration for the anchors is how to handle their direct communication with Wallenda. The three will be able to talk with each other during the second, shorter walk – the one that will have Wallenda blindfolded. 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

Morning in Prime: Norah O’Donnell on ‘Blue Bloods;’ Al Roker Cut From ‘Mysteries’

RokerLauraIt’s corporate synergy at its finest, and just in time for November Sweeps.

Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning” makes a cameo on an upcoming episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” The result was some nice cross promotion, as “CTM” shot a segment about the scene which was filmed at Studio 57. That episode airs next Friday.

NBC had a similar approach when the “Today” show’s Al Roker filmed a scene for an upcoming episode of “The Mysteries of Laura.” Unfortunately for Roker fans, the scene was left on the cutting room floor. “You were cut?,” Willie Geist asked this morning. “I was cut,” Roker confirmed, “My cameo never made it into the show.”

Check out both scenes, after the jump… Read more

‘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.

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