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‘The Daily Show’ Tells Story of ‘Family That Stays Together’…’Morning Joe’

MJ Daily Show“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee‘s infatuation with cable news romance apparently isn’t limited to the “love story” she depicted between Fox News’ “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino—she set her sights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last night.

Bee told the story of “daddy Joe” and “mother Mika,” who together create a “rocket ship of passion that is middle-aged coupledome.”

She then shared what the fruits of the co-hosts “romance” has produced: boy pundits, listing off “Willie”(Willie Geist), “Marky” (Mark Halperin), “the Toddster” (Chuck Todd), and a cast of other show regulars.

Bee then got emotional as she showed clips of Joe and Mika arguing. “You guys are going to get divorced, aren’t you? Please don’t make me go live with Lawrence O’Donnell… he doesn’t flush the toilet,” Bee cried.

“Morning Joe” is not reciprocating the love. This morning the show opened instead with a “Colbert Report” clip. Now that Bee has told Fox News and MSNBC “love stories” we anxiously await her CNN version.

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The P.M. Ticker: Geist, Offerman, Champion

  • NBC’s Willie Geist will host “Everest Jump Live” on Discovery Channel in May. The two-hour event, produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, culminates with climber Joby Ogwyn‘s first-of-its-kind wing suit jump from Mt. Everest. Geist will be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore who will track the highly unpredictable weather.

  • Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson on “Parks & Recreation” will headline the 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents dinner June 12 in Washington. The dinner, put on by the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association, will be held at the new Marriott Marquis hotel.

  • Day two of the Weather Channel’s new morning show “AMHQ” with Sam Champion was down from day one. The show averaged 186,000 viewers Tuesday, down -10% from the premiere on Monday and down -21% from the prior four-week average.

Inaugural ‘Morning Joe’ Guest Wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

John RidleyTV news was part of one Oscar winner’s resume, as inaugural “Morning Joe” roundtable guest John Ridley won best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”

“What you need to know about John Ridley, as incredibly talented and great as he is, and a gentleman that he is…he really got his roots here at “Morning Joe,” Willie Geist said on this morning’s show. “Seven years ago, in Secaucus…Joe, Mika, myself, and John Ridley sat around a table. It was so cool to see John win an Oscar.”

The show’s twitter handle congratulated their former colleague this morning.

RidleyFor all of the big social media moments from Oscars 2014, check out our sister-site Lost Remote’s full Oscars live-blog.

Ridley on “Morning Joe” pre-Oscars after the jump.

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Willie Geist…Future NBA Star?

Geist NBAWillie Geist might have thoughts about entering the NBA draft this year after scoring on one of the league’s most dominant big man of all time on this morning’s “Today.”

In a one-on-one matchup with Shaquille O’Neal, Willie didn’t let getting pushed around stop him, shooting from under O’Neal’s arm to sink a tough shot off the backboard.

“I certainly have to look at all my options and ultimately do what’s right for me and my family,” Geist tells TVNewser in response to whether he might enter this year’s NBA draft.

“Needless to say there has been no shortage of phone calls this morning from NBA general managers drooling over a kid who last played competitively in 1993 and refuses to play defense,” he added.

Watch Willie’s shot heard round 30 rock after the jump. Read more

Should ABC News Have Revealed Jimmy Kimmel Wolf Video As a Prank?

ABC News was aware that a viral video, showing a wolf purportedly walking through the hallway of the athletes village in Sochi, was staged by Jimmy Kimmel. ABC News was told of the stunt as an off-the-record tip, and didn’t feel it had a responsibility to warn other news organizations.

“The world is seeing these kinds of videos more and more, and every news organization has to do its own reporting and own vetting to decide whether or not they want to print, air or say something,” ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told the AP’s David Bauder. “It is a piece of comedy. We need to keep that in perspective.”

NBC’s “Today” show and CNN aired the video last week, which first appeared on the Twitter feed of American luger Kate Hansen. Willie Geist, who called it “a little bit scary” on Thursday’s show, clarified Friday that they’d been duped by Kimmel. But he says they checked with Hansen before running the item, and she told the show, “it was me.” Bauder talks with news ethicists and purists about the stunt. They conclude that these kinds of incidents add to a growing distrust of the news media.

On Twitter Friday, Kimmel joked the whole thing was an “accident” and “won’t happen again.”

 

Al Roker: ’1 Term’ de Blasio Tweet Was ‘Below the Line’

“Today” show weatherman Al Roker apologized for a tweet predicting New York City mayor Bill de Blasio would only hold office for one term. While he was having dinner with Willie Geist and other “Today” show colleagues last night in Sochi, Roker fired off several tweets calling out the mayor for keeping schools open during yesterday’s snowstorm.

“That was a little below the line,” said Roker about the 1 term tweet, adding, “everything else I still stand by.”

Adding insult to injury, here’s how the first AP story on the matter was written:

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Al Roker’s Severe Forecast for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: ’1 Term’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been taking some heat today for keeping city schools open during the snow storm, and “Today’s” Al Roker joined in via Sochi.

Roker was tweeting away during a press conference Mayor de Blasio gave this morning, with Willie Geist offering the visual. Read more

‘Today’ Ticker: Top Job, Iced Out, Snowed In

  • Al Roker took on Georgia officials for being ill-prepared for Tuesday’s storm. “They took a gamble. They didn’t want to pre-treat the roads. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money,” said Roker. “This was poor planning on the mayor’s part and on the governor’s part.”

How the 3rd and 4th Hours of ‘Today’ are Doing

TodayThirdHourWhile the first two hours of NBC’s “Today” remain in second place in the mornings, the show’s third and fourth hours are seeing some of the best numbers in years.

The third hour, now called “Today’s Take” and co-hosted by Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist, finished 2013 with its best fourth quarter in total viewers since 2006, averaging more than 3.6 million viewers.

The fourth hour, hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, had its best-ever total viewer audience for a fourth quarter averaging 2.3 million viewers. There’s also a 2am encore, apparently popular with college students, that draws an additional 700,000 viewers (there’s likely a drinking game involved).

The third hour of “Today” has been around since 1999 when it was called “Later Today.” In 2000, it became an extension of the then-No.1 morning show. Fourth hour hosts Kotb and Gifford are approaching 6 years together.

Every autumn, many local stations replace their post-network morning newscasts — whether it be “Live with Kelly & Michael,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” “Dr. Phil” or “Judge Judy” — making the later hours of “Today” a consistent place to turn in the mid-mornings.

Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

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