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Matt Lauer Hating Is in Full Swing

In a long New York piece, the drama surrounding the Today show is explored. It’s well worth reading, but here’s a quick summary: Matt Lauers day in the sun is officially over.

For awhile now, people have suspected Lauer was the reason that Ann Curry was fired, and this piece does nothing but fan those flames. The Lauer hating is officially in overdrive. Below are just a few highlights:

    • Lauer was the reason GMA was gaining on Today, not Curry. An independent study found that the public liked Curry more than Lauer. One anonymous source said Lauer was becoming Bryant Gumbel. Minus the hair, obviously.
    • Lauer knew Curry was getting fired and despite probably being able to save her, he didn’t. Like New York explains, that doesn’t make him a “horrible person,” but it certainly won’t gain him any fans.
    • Lauer doesn’t like Brian Stelter. This is a huge no-no in New York media. Everyone likes Stelter. What’s not to like? But Lauer “refused to give Stelter an interview, believing he was working hand in glove with Ben Sherwood to tear him down in the press.” Stelter denies this claim, but nevertheless, he’s referred to as Lauer’s “nemesis.” This automatically makes him our nemesis, so we’ll see you by the willow tree, Lauer. Three o’clock sharp. Be ready to rumble fancy news boy.

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In Magic/Bird, The Media Propels The Story Forward

Tomorrow evening the Broadway play Magic/Bird has its opening night. The play follows the rivalry–and ultimately friendship–between NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Starring Kevin Daniels as Johnson and Tug Coker as Bird, the play chronicles the careers of the two men, from college to retirement, with Johnson’s HIV diagnosis a key turning point.

The play uses the media, from college beat reporters to Bryant Gumbel to a now-infamous Converse ad, to help move the plot forward. Francois Battiste, who plays multiple characters in the play, delivers a dynamite Gumbel impersonation, bringing laughs every time he assumed the role on stage (pictured below).

The role the media plays is not unlike the last play produced by the team of Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, Lombardi, about the NFL coach.

In Lombardi, the protagonist was  a young reporter looking to profile the legendary Packers coach. His tale propelled the story forward in a linear way.

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SoCal Bloggers React to Bryant Gumbel ‘Plantation’ Remark

At the end of last night’s Real Sports HBO episode, host Bryant Gumbel shared a characterization of NBA commissioner David Stern that he knew would make some people “cringe.” He suggested that Stern’s actions and words during a recent media tour are typical of a “commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”

NBC Sports blogger Kurt Helin writes this morning that “some players are saying very much this same thing when the microphones are off.” Larry Brown meanwhile compares this latest Gumbel brouhaha to some remarks the former Today Show host made five years ago about another commissioner, the NFL’s Paul Tagliabue.

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Bryant Gumbel Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Gumbel Ripa.jpgMaybe Kelly Ripa shouldn’t be so cavalier in calling herself “the black widow.”

This morning, with “Live with Regis and Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin out for hip replacement surgery, Ripa coaxed some previously undisclosed information out of fill-in host Bryant Gumbel. And when Gumbel revealed to the world that he had a malignant tumor removed from his lung two months ago, Ripa looked so shocked she almost fell off her chair.

“Oh my gosh, I had no idea,” she said. “I thought we were friends!”

Thankfully, Gumbel seems to be doing okay after his surgery and following treatment. “They opened up my chest, they took a malignant tumor, and they took part of my lung and they took some other goodies, and pathology on most of the stuff came back benign,” the former “Today” show anchor said. “But enough aggressive cells had escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment, and I went through treatment, and it’s done now. We hope — we hope — it’s over and done with.”

Watch the whole thing unfold here. And here’s a tip for anyone who gets an offer to co-host with Ripa in the future: be very careful!

Bryant Gumbel: “I Had Cancer Surgery” –TVNewser

Lunch at Michael’s: Teddy, Liz & The Gang

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgThe dining room at Michael’s was buzzing today with moguls and media mavens who did more than the usual amount of table-hopping between bites — standing-room only in the bustling lounge as the regulars and requisite movers and shakers were out in force. (Liz! Lesley! The “Mayor”!) Even the bar was a power perch: captain of industry Teddy Forstmann and a mysterious dark-haired beauty were deep in coversation tucked away in the corner. They may not have been checking out the scene from their stools but we were:

1. Gotham’s greatest local line-up — anchorwomen and reporters Peri Peltz, Jane Hansen (love the longer chic ‘do!), Rosanna Scotto, Penny Crone and Lynn White. We’d love to know what the headlines from this afternoon were after this crowd was through dishing and dining …

2. Producer Jonathan Hart and guest.

3. “Mayor” Joe Armstrong and Men’s Health honcho Dave Zinczenko. The always dashing duo chatted with today’s lunchtime chronicler, Diane Clehane, about their jam-packed itineraries. Joe is just back from his third trip with Habitat for Humanity where he was building houses (literally) in the still devastated areas of New Orleans. Says Joe: “It’s incredible. Thirty-thousand homes were lost where we were. People need to know there is still so much that needs to be done. It’s devastating.” The inexhaustible Dave is busy preparing for his first trip to the Oscars where he’ll hobnob with A-list agents and talent at the hot parties around town. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it … His Oscar pick? “I’m rooting for Scorsese.”

4. Power blondes Liz Smith and Lesley Stahl lunching with Christine Quinn (whose two discreet but imposing-looking bodyguards kept watch at the door). Could there be a 60 Minutes piece on the city council speaker in the works? We’ll have to ask Mayor Armstrong — — Liz pulled up a chair and joined Joe and Dave after her guests left and “closed the place” long after the rest of the lunch crowd departed

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