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New Anchor Team for ‘Weekend Update’

With Seth Meyers‘s move to “Late Night” there’s a new anchor team for “Saturday Night Live.” Tonight SNL head writer Colin Jost joins Cecily Strong for Weekend Update, or as Strong now calls it, “C & C Update Factory.”

Jost wrote for popular characters including Drunk Uncle (played by cast member Bobby Moynihan) and The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party (who is played by Strong). WATCH:

Bret Baier ‘Ready For a Rap-Off’ With Brian Williams

Long before Jimmy Fallon got the idea to edit together clips of Brian Williams “rapping,” another news anchor that’s on in the 6pmET hour tried his hand at “Rapper’s Delight” — live.

The Daily Caller found video from 2011 of Fox News anchor Bret Baier performing “Rapper’s Delight” at the Bob Hope Classic, an annual charity golf tournament in California. Watch:

“I’m ready for a rap-off anytime,” Baier joked in a radio interview with WMAL. “I’ll tell you this — that editor, holy cow. That’s a lot of hours … it’s really strong. It’s very, very strong.”

Aside from his musical skills, Baier is a man of many talents: last week, he and his wife Amy were awarded the inaugural Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy from the Children’s National Health System. Baier is a vocal advocate for children with heart disease, as his son, Paul, was born with congenital heart defects and has undergone seven angioplasties and three heart surgeries.

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.”

 

Here’s Brian Williams and Lester Holt ‘Rapping’ ‘Rapper’s Delight’

Jimmy Fallon has a new gig, but he’s brought some recurring segments, including one where clips of Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News” are spliced together into a rap, along to “The Tonight Show.” Last night, it was “Rapper’s Delight” — featuring both Williams and Lester Holt. Watch:

Meanwhile, on “Nightly News” yesterday, Williams apologized to Arsenio Hall for leaving him off a graphic showing all the late-night hosts on TV. “In apologizing to Arsenio, we just wanted to point out: at least you’re in good company here,” Williams said. “Last July we left the state of New Hampshire off the map and had to apologize to a U.S. Senator. Just last night on this broadcast we re-named the city of brotherly love ‘Philadelpia.’ So chalk it up to being on the air at 4 a.m. in the morning in Russia, but it won’t happen again.”

‘Fox & Friends’ Scooter Race Goes Awry

A “Fox & Friends” segment on new toys crashed and burned this morning when several of the anchors attempted to race scooters and skateboards in the studio. Steve Doocy crashed into the camera on his skateboard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck lost control of her scooter and Heather Nauert wiped out and landed “right down on the floor on my stomach.”

On the “After the Show Show,” Peter Johnson Jr. surveyed his colleagues on the extent of their injuries before they agreed to a rematch, although he declined to participate himself. “I’m kind of the Bob Costas. Look at my eyes,” he joked. Watch:


Jimmy Fallon on Matt Lauer and Al Roker’s Double Luge: ‘You Can’t Unsee That’

Jimmy Fallon officially took the helm of “The Tonight Show” last night with a star-studded debut that was the show’s first broadcast from New York in 42 years. Fallon reserved part of his monologue for NBC colleagues Matt Lauer and Al Roker, who learned (or attempted) to luge on the Olympic track in full spandex last week. “You can’t unsee that,” Fallon said of the stunt. “Actually, the screaming actually came from their sled.” Watch:

Conan O’Brien Dubs Larry King’s Back to Life Show: ‘Larry King Alive’

Appearing Thursday night on Conan O’Brien‘s show Larry King revealed his wishes for when he dies.

“I don’t believe in an afterlife…so that means when you die, it’s bye, bye baby,” King said. “So the only fragment of hope is to be frozen, and some day they cure whatever you died of, and you’re back.”

Pointing at O’Brien, King announced that when he goes, he wants to be frozen. Feeling the pressure, Conan shot back: “Why you putting the responsibility on me?” he said, foreshadowing him busting into the hospital and taking a no longer living King to the freezer.

Conan concluded the real reason King wants to be frozen: another TV show named “Larry King Alive.”

Fortunately, King’s First Big Break will be forever documented.

Anderson Cooper’s ‘Mini Cooper’

Anderson Cooper‘s “Mini Cooper” made an appearance on “AC360″ Tuesday night. The “mini-me,” as Cooper calls him, was bought on eBay and is now loose in the CNN newsroom, which includes visiting Cooper on the set, sitting for hair and makeup and dancing to Madonna:

Jon Stewart Takes on CNN, MSNBC Over Bieber Coverage

The debate over coverage of Justin Bieber continued on “The Daily Show” last night in a segment Jon Stewart called “Where Are We Now?” Stewart skewered MSNBC and CNN for the time they devoted to Bieber’s arrest, saying, “Unless Justin Bieber caused an earthquake in Japan, I doubt it was worth it.” Watch:

Will Brian Williams Have to Choose Between Fallon and Letterman?

With just weeks to go until Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” rival CBS host David Letterman thinks Brian Williams may never appear on his show again.

“They’ll make you go on Jimmy. You’ll never come back here. This is your last appearance,” Letterman said to Williams this week on “The Late Show.” “Do they mind you coming to see me?”

“Oh, they loathe it,” Williams joked. “But I honor my friendships. Jimmy’s just upstairs from me, I see him all the time. I would like to call myself a regular on his show, and dare I say on yours.” Watch:

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