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A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating¬† included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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Anderson Cooper On His Upcoming Syndicated Show: ‘This is not a news program’

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper participated in a keynote discussion at the Promax/BDA conference in New York Wednesday. Cooper was interviewed by his former colleague, CBS “Early Show” anchor Erica Hill, who had a busy day of her own starting with the morning show and concluding with a taping of the “Late Show” later today.

Cooper was at Promax to talk about his upcoming daytime talk show, “Anderson,” which debts in the Fall.

The anchor said that the ability to continue doing his daily CNN program, as well as traveling across the globe when news breaks, was important to him. The syndicated show will be shot with that in mind.

“The idea now is that we will probably be shooting two shows a day, three days a week,” Cooper said. “We will have enough shows on tape to cover a week if I have to go somewhere. I was in Egypt for a week or 10 days, and Japan as well. I know for a fact I will still be able to travel, and that is very important to me. If I go somewhere for a breaking news story, and there is something that may have interest for a daytime audience, we will bring some staff from Anderson, and do that.”

Cooper says that despite his hard-news pedigree, his new show will not be a news show. The closest it may get is leading up to the 2012 elections, where he says they may ask the two candidates to come on and reveal their softer side:

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