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Carson Daly has been popping up at the Today show anchor desk here and there over recent months. Turns out that may have been his audition. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and the rest of the Today show team announced this morning that Daly is joining them as host of the Orange Room, a digital set that will make its debut on Monday.
For the past couple of weeks, the show has been broadcast outdoors on the Plaza while Studio 1A has undergone renovations. Those changes have included a new Orange Room, a digital set where Daly will be interacting with the audience through social media hangouts, livestream interviews, and social media updates to stories reported on the air.
The show aired a huge “get to know you” video about Daly, who has had his own late night talk show and moved on to become the host of The Voice since his days VJ’ing and interviewing entertainers for MTV’s Total Request Live. You can check that out below.
Daly will continue to host The Voice, but will only serve as executive producer of Last Call. A new host will be announced. He will also continue to host his morning radio show on 97.1 AMP FM Los Angeles and will work with NBC on new shows and opportunities through a partnership between the network and his Daly Productions.
They’re being touted as the “honest shoppers” but four young men from a New Jersey college football team were just doing the right thing.
William Patterson University freshmen football players Anthony Biondi, Jelani Bruce, Kell’e Gallimore and Thomas James went into Buddy’s Small Lots to pick up some batteries and an audio cable before heading back to practice. What they didn’t know is that they’d triggered the store alarm in the process. The police alerted the store’s vice president and based on the outside store cameras, the men are seen entering the store and leaving a few minutes later.
But after further investigation using the store’s inside cameras, the “honest shoppers” were shown at the checkout counter, waving their money directly at the camera and paying for the items by leaving the money on the counter. They even left the proper amount of tax.
Marci Lederman, the store’s manager said the store was closed which explains why there was no store clerk. The lights were on because of a “quirk” in the system and the door was open because the lock is broken. Lederman also had this to say about the honest shoppers:
“I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could.”
For their part, the young men are excited to have a little bit of fame right now. When speaking to Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, Biondi said, “(We’re) just ecstatic knowing that one good deed blew up nationwide and now everyone’s hearing about it.” Gallimore added, “Soon as I went on my laptop, it was like right there, front page, and I was just excited. I was like smiling because I was like, ‘Oh I’m famous.”
All four young men were rewarded with $50 worth of free merchandise from the store.
What a great story and how cute is it to see the guys so excited about their share of fame?!
It happens to the best of us! You’ve been working hard (or playing hard) and one morning, you think you’re hitting the snooze button for 10 minutes more of precious sleep when you’re actually turning the alarm off entirely. A half hour later, you’re jumping out of bed like a chicken without a head. No way to start the day.
Yesterday morning, Al Roker was the victim of the old snooze button switcheroo. Only when Al Roker doesn’t show up for work, there’s a conspicuously empty spot in front of the TV camera. He missed his Weather Channel program, Wake Up With Al.
It’s the worst thing in the world to have to explain to a boss that the reason you’re late for work is “the alarm didn’t go off.” Here are three tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
-The first one is discussed right in the clip below: have a backup. If you have a traditional alarm clock, set your phone. If you have a phone, get an alarm clock.
-Stagger your wake up times. If your alarm clock is set for 6am, set your phone for 6:15. That way, whether you miss the snooze button or not, you get the extra 15 minutes and the assured wake up call.
-Put the alarm across the room. If you have to get up to turn it off, the chances of you hitting snooze and climbing back into bed are slim.
This morning, his pals from the Today show — Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie — paid him a visit at The Weather Channel to make sure he made it to work on time. Maybe he took some of our advice!
The New York Post is reporting that The View is interested in adding Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford, to its diminished roster.
Three of The View‘s hosts — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who has already left the show for Fox & Friends, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters herself — are leaving the show over the next year or so.
According to the Post, Kotb would replace Behar and add journalism experience to the panel, something that has been lacking since Meredith Vieira left. “She also adds some diversity to the panel,” the paper quotes a source saying. Which is strange because Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are on the panel, but OK.
Kotb has hosted Today with Kathie Lee since 2007. And while the hour can become a wine-fueled gaffe machine, it’s entertaining enough to make it a ratings winner for the show, which has fallen from its top spot — to GMA – in the months since Ann Curry was booted from the anchor desk and Savannah Guthrie was added.
“Insiders believe NBC would hustle to keep its Kotb/Gifford partnership intact,” the Post says. Moreover, sources add that Kotb is happy where she is, and another ABC source says the story isn’t true.
“How Can You Let The Killer Of An Unarmed Child Go Free?” Tracy Martin And Sybrina Fulton Speak Out On Verdict
Out of all the many famous names who have tried to comment about the George Zimmerman verdict, no one’s opinion means more than that of Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The two went on ‘Today’ this morning to discuss their feelings about the case, the verdict, and what’s next for the grieving parents:
How they’re coping with the verdict:
Martin: “Still shocked, still in disbelief. We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime he committed.”
Sybrina’s thoughts on the jury’s decision:
Fulton: “I don’t understand if they were looking at it from Trayvon’s point of view. Because he was a teenager, he was scared, he did run. As far as if he ran home or not, if somebody is chasing me, I don’t think I’d run home and bring them to my house.”
Their thoughts on the possibility of racial profiling and both the defense and prosecution claiming the case wasn’t about race:
Martin: “Obviously, anytime you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there is some type of profile in there. Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this would never have happened. Obviously race is playing some type of role.”
On Juror B-37 claiming it was Zimmerman’s voice screaming on the 911 tape:
Martin: “I totally disagree. She can only make that assumption because she had may have heard George Zimmerman speak in the court. She never had a chance to hear Trayvon’s voice. We know in our hearts that that was our child screaming for help.”
If the justice system failed them and Trayvon:
“Fulton: I think it failed Trayvon to a certain degree. I think we let the process take its course. We didn’t get the verdict we were looking for becasue we wanted him to be held accountable. Our focus has continued to change. First it was for the arrest, then it was for a conviction. So now, we moved on to a different focus. Yes, I think we were disappointed.”
On if they have anything to say to the jury:
“Martin: I just really don’t have anything personal to say, I just didn’t understand. How can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free? What would your verdict have been had it been your child? There’s no winners in this case at all. But, I want them to put themselves in our shoes.”
Their thoughts on protests nationwide, and those that have become violent (in LA for instance):
“Fulton: We have always maintained to do things decent and in order. We do think the protests should be peaceful protests. We’re not saying for them not to protest because they have a right to protest, they have a right to be heard. We just want to make sure that it is peaceful, that nobody gets hurt. That nobody gets arrested. That you don’t damage your own property.”
How their faith has helped them move forward:
Martin: “I think that the forgiveness is like a healing process. Forgiveness takes time. The bible says that you have to forgive and forget. But, also the healing process is a long process and the forgiving process is a long process.”
How they feel about Zimmerman getting death threats and if the justice system puts those acquitted in a bad pariah position after the verdict:
“Fulton: We don’t know about that. We do know about the victims. We sit on the victim seat. So is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims? It’s sending a terrible message to other little black and brown boys that you can’t walk fast and you can’t walk slow. So what do they do? How do you get home without people knowing or assuming that you’re doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
Their final thoughts on everything, including a possible Civil Rights case against Zimmerman:
Martin: “We would like for the Federal Government to look into it and to weight all of the options. As parents we just feel like there could have been more done. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re working diligently with the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a foundation that we’ve co-founded. Some of the missions of our organization is to mentor, to do scholarships, to educate communities on the laws, and to advocate for senseless violence. Nothing we can say or do gets Trayvon back. Maybe we can help someone else not lose their child.”
They wouldn’t comment on how the prosecution handled the case against Zimmerman, with their family attorney saying they just appreciated the help in general. Check out video of their full interview on the next page and let us know what you think:
With The View, Dateline NBC, NBC News, and a Rock Center with Brian Williams gig under her belt, Meredith Vieira’s choice to pursue her own talk show is the next best move she could make. The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host will debut The Meredith Vieira Show in the fall of 2014, reports TVNewser.
The new show will be located in New York City and will radiate a homey feel… literally. The set will be designed to look like Vieira’s home. Some of her furniture and family photos will be placed on set.
There have been rumors brewing about Vieira’s new venture since her departure from Millionaire earlier this year. The AP has even speculated that Vieira may even be “launching a YouTube channel which will focus on soft-news stories.” The show will focus on lifestyle and human interest stories along with news and celebrity interviews.
NBC executives believe the best time to place Vieira’s talk show is at 2.p.m, The New York Times reports. The time slot is said to rival Katie Couric’s talk show which is also televised in the early afternoon, a competition of two journalist-turned-talk show hosts. She replaced Couric on the Today show in 2006.
The ratings expectations for The Meredith Vieira Show are high considering her impressive resume on the air. Although the public needs no convincing, Meredith assures us that on Today and 60 Minutes, she’s learned how to “really listen to people and give them a voice,” Vieira says. On the The View, she adds, showed America that she was not afraid to unleash her own opinions while still retaining a certain level of respect. And with a history of serious journalism, Meredith has shown us she can lighten up with her 11 seasons on Millionaire.
The first episode was recorded in May.
When Ann Curry was fired from the Today show last year, one of the reasons for her dismissal was the show’s sagging ratings. After years of dominating the morning TV news pack, Good Morning America began to surge. Now it seems Curry is proving her television pull. Her recent primetime special come in strong Friday night.
The Huffington Post says that Ann Curry Reports, which aired at 10 p.m. on Friday, beat out all the other shows on NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS in viewers ages 18 to 49 and 25 to 54. In all, it drew 5.98 million total viewers, landing it in second place right after Dateline.
The ratings made the folks over at NBC News more than happy. Curry’s special pulled in higher ratings than Rock Center with Brian Williams, which was just canceled after it was unable to find its footing at a couple of different days and times.
After leaving Today, Curry was named a roving national and international correspondent for NBC News. But her on-air presence has been limited to a handful of reports and a brief stint guest-hosting NBC Nightly News. We are sure this will change now that the ratings for Ann Curry Reports are in.
For the special, her first primetime special since leaving Today, Curry interviewed face transplant recipient Richard Norris. Ironically, the report aired a year to the day since Curry’s last day on Today.
Many viewers took it personally and rallied against Matt Lauer when Curry was fired, blaming him for her ouster. Lauer denied any responsibility. Ratings over at the morning show sagged. Things had gotten so bad at one point Today was beaten in the ratings by a local show. The program has seen some bounce back, and a clear win last week with Lauer’s interview with Paula Deen. (BTW, rumor has it that Deen could be headed for Dancing With The Stars!!) For the first time since Nov. 2, the show beat GMA in the daily ratings, The New York Daily News reports.
Did you watch Ann Curry’s special? Do you want to see more of her on TV?
Paula Deen made a tearful appearance on the Today show this morning, telling Matt Lauer repeatedly that she’s not a racist and had only used the N-word once after she’d been held up at gunpoint.
Lauer began the interview with business questions, asking whether, if she were the Food Network, she would’ve made the same move.
“Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” she said. “I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me.”
When asked if she was a racist, she answered simply, “No.” But then she went on to say, “I believe that every one of God’s creatures was created equal, no matter what church you go to pray. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, and that’s the way I was raised.”
After reiterating what she said in her deposition about not knowing what offends people, she pointed to the language that’s used by young people in her kitchens. “I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other … it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other.”
As for herself, she focused on her use of the N-word once when she had been held up at gunpoint. During her deposition, she admitted to using the word. In the interview, she insisted that the incident 30 years ago was the only time “in my 66 years on Earth that I have used it.” Rather, she focused on her family, emphasizing that “it’s just not part of who we are.” She even lashed out a bit at the top of the interview, saying that people who don’t know her are suddenly “experts” about her. Later she said that a lot of what’s being said about her are “lies.”
Finally, Deen addressed the audience, asking that if they’ve never said something they regretted then they should be the ones to throw stones.
“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, then please pick up that stone and throw it at my head,” she said.
Online reaction read aloud after the interview showed there’s a split between those who support Deen and those who still think she should still be held accountable. She has been dropped by Smithfield Foods in addition to the Food Network. According to Lauer (who is being praised online for how he handled the interview), Deen continued to be “very emotional” after the interview was over.
Do you think Deen’s apology is enough? We’ve got the video after the jump.
In the midst of last week’s firestorm over racist comments and an even worse lawsuit, Paula Deen abruptly cancelled an appearance she was supposed to make on the Today show on Friday. This morning, Matt Lauer announced that the appearance has been rescheduled for Wednesday.
At this point, Deen has been cut from the Food Network, could be cut from QVC, which sells her collection of books and cookware, and her reputation is in the toilet. When she didn’t show up on Friday, Al Roker advised her to make a beeline for the NBC studios in order to explain herself. But at this point, would it even make a difference?
Incredibly (and sadly), Deen still has supporters. They were lined up in front of her restaurant in Savannah, GA, prepared to dine and show their allegiance. In fact, according to The New York Times, the woman at the front of the line was black. Fans also took to the Food Network Facebook page to decry the network’s decision to cut ties with her.
But the accusations keep coming. Radar Online has published allegations from a former worker, an African-American man, who says he and other workers at one of her parties were compensated in beer. And even if nothing new were added to the list of outrages that have been admitted to and alleged, there are few, if any, companies that would want to hitch their wagon to someone who has been embroiled in such an ugly controversy. PR experts tell USA Today that Deen’s goose is cooked.
“Paula Deen will survive but she will never be whole again,” Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com tells the paper. “[T]there are people that will never be in business with her again.” Mark Pasetsky, CEO of Mark Allen & Co says, “Her brand is now tainted beyond recourse.”
Another expert suggests that Deen should make her apologies live (rather than in strange videos) and then keep quiet for a bit, waiting for the right time to try and rebuild at least some parts of her brand. Will she ever have another show? Bragman says it’s possible, though we wouldn’t count on it. The tarnish of racism is one that can’t be buffed out, even with the passage of time. Perhaps reality TV would have her at some point; maybe a show where she talks about how sorry she is and how much she’s learned from the experience.
The disgust that Deen has elicited with her remarks has been explained by some as the words of a woman who was brought up at a time when the N-word was acceptable. As one of our colleagues pointed out, there were a lot of things that were once acceptable, but that’s no excuse for now. Our understanding is that Deen’s words and actions have persisted to more recent times when she should know better and do better. She has destroyed her brand, her reputation, and her credibility. We’re hard-pressed to come up with a scenario that would provide a path to a comeback.
Katie Couric paid a visit to Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show and, during the course of an interview that covered everything everything from her early crush on Matt Lauer to her infamous interview with Sarah Palin, Couric admitted that the folks at the TODAY show made “cautious overtures” to her to possibly return to the show.
TODAY has been in ratings trouble ever since the morning program unceremoniously dumped Ann Curry last year. The show has been trying to revive ratings — lightening things up a bit, for instance — in order to keep Good Morning America at bay. TODAY has made up some ground, but it’s not near the highs it once enjoyed. Indeed, it enjoyed some of those highs when Couric was in the anchor seat.
Since leaving the CBS Evening News, Couric has been hosting her own daytime talk show which, IMHO, is booorrring. A mish mash of stuff and none of it is anything to write home about. So although she didn’t say what she plans to do (it doesn’t sound like a return to TODAY is necessarily in the cards), we’d be curious to see how long the talk show lasts. After all, there’s lots of competition for a talk show audience. If you’re not winning the ratings battle, you’re losing.
Why don’t we help out the TODAY show execs here: Would you even choose TODAY over the competition at this point because Katie Couric is on it?