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Brian Williams Apologizes For Excluding Arsenio Hall From News Segment About Late-Night Hosts

February 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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late night graphicBrian Williams took a few minutes on the air last night to apologize to Arsenio Hall (and call out some other mistakes NBC News has made) for a huge oversight in a segment he did about late-night TV hosts.

As everyone no doubt knows at this point, Jimmy Fallon made his debut on Monday as the host of The Tonight Show. The news marks a shift for the 60-year-old show in an effort to attract a hipper, younger audience. In addition, the show has moved back East, setting up shop with The Roots in New York City.

Brian Williams ran a segment on Monday that included an interview with Fallon and a graphic (above) that was meant to illustrate the various hosts who are “slugging it out” in the 11/11:30 pm time slot that Fallon now occupies. Missing from the graphic was Arsenio Hall. Seriously though? Carson Daly?

Arsenio was not happy about the omission and took to his monologue to voice his complaint. The most compelling argument he makes is the one about the much-revered Johnny Carson; he notes that he’s the only late-night host to have survived the competition with Carson. Then he called in Suge Knight for a little muscle and gave out the NBC newsroom phone number so fans could call to express their dismay as well.

Brian Williams offered a mea culpa last night, noting that Arsenio “took them to task,” and that they previously left a state off a map and misspelled “Philadelphia” once. The point is, they make mistakes. Most importantly, he promised it would never happen again.

Kudos to Arsenio for calling attention to his achievement. No sense in being shy.

Daddy’s Little Girls: Stunning Celebrity Father-Daughter Combos

June 14th, 2013 - By M A
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought that some of our favorite, fabulous celebrity father-daughter combos deserved some love. From daughters just as famous as their celebrity daddies to little girls who have shied away from the spotlight, these duos have truly shown what good genes can do. So without further adieu, a salute to 14 wonderfully attractive father-daughter duos.

No Student Loan Needed: These Famous Names Became Successful Without A College Degree

June 5th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Getting a college degree is a prerequisite for many jobs and highly recommended if you want to make it in many industries. But there are many people who have also managed to build successful careers without getting a diploma. We take a look at a few of them and try to analyze how they did it.

Apple’s Latest Media Move: Tim Cook Open Up to the Press

December 6th, 2012 - By Kimberly Maul
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Is Apple putting its CEO Tim Cook on some sort of media offensive? Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to Cook, his first in-depth, wide-ranging print interview since taking the top title in August 2011. Additionally, Cook will appear on NBC’s Rock Center tonight, in an interview with Brian Williams.

In the interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel, Cook discussed his personality and dealing with the fame of being Apple’s CEO; the changes the company has made while still holding on to its core values; the Apple Maps debacle; the recent firings of Scott Forstall and John Browett; and Apple’s product line.

“Not allowing yourself to become insular is very important—maybe the most important thing, I think, as a CEO,” Cook said during the interview. “Now fortunately, I think it would be really hard for a CEO of Apple to become insular, but maybe it could happen. I don’t know. But between customers and employees and the press, you get a lot of feedback. The bigger thing is processing and deciding what to put in the distraction category vs. where the nuggets are.”

One major revelation was that Cook, who has spearheaded transparency and charitable programs during his time at Apple, plans to bring some Apple manufacturing to the US in 2013.

“Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S.,” Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek. “This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

The news turned around Apple’s stock price today, which had fallen on fears that taxes resulting from our fall off the fiscal cliff would impact how much investors would take home.

But all the talking with the media is surely one more of Apple’s very calculated media moves, like their big events to announce new products. USA Today brings up the ongoing legal battle with Samsung and the onslaught of competition, which, mimicking its iconic logo, could take a bite out of Apple’s market share. Part of the Apple brand was so intrinisically tied to Steve Jobs, now that some time has passed maybe the company is trying to build a stronger bond between the Apple brand and Cook? If that’s the case, will it work?

NBC to Air Telethon for Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 1st, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Christina Aguilera, dressed to visit her son’s school on Halloween, will be part of the Hurricane Sandy telethon airing tomorrow. Image: Cousart/JFXimages/

NBCUniversal announced today that it will air “Coming Together” a benefit to help needy victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and West Virginia. The benefit will air live on NBC stations including Bravo, E!, Style and USA tomorrow between 8pm and 9pm. Proceeds from the telethon will go to the American Red Cross.

Among the scheduled performers are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera and Billy Joel. Matt Lauer will host; Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams will also join in the effort.

Matt Lauer also hosted a post-Hurricane Katrina telethon that raised $50 million for the Red Cross. An NBC spokesperson tells The New York Times  that other stations not owned by NBCU will be allowed to air the telethon if they like.