Showing posts with label MATT LAUER. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Hoda Kotb

E! NEWS -- No one is happier for Hoda Kotb's career advancement than Matt Lauer.

Hours ago, Kotb was named Lauer's successor as co-anchor of Today. She will join Savannah Guthrie for two hours a day, starting at 7 a.m., and will continue to clink wine glasses with Kathie Lee Gifford in the fourth hour. E! News spoke to Kotb in between segments Tuesday, where she revealed Lauer was among those who privately congratulated her on the promotion.

"He was sweet this morning. Certain texts popped up, and there was one from Matt: 'Congratulations!'" said Kotb, who joined Today a decade ago. "And he said some nice words."

Lauer has stayed out of the public eye since he was fired from NBC News in November amid allegations of sexual misconduct. A staple on Today since the '90s, he was "embarrassed" after coming clean. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said, in part. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry..."

"It meant the world to me to hear from him," Kotb told E! News Tuesday. "It was really nice."

Lauer has not publicly congratulated Kotb, but many of her colleagues—including Jenna Bush Hager, Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones, Megyn Kelly and Al Roker—have done so via social media.

Lauer's abrupt exit didn't just surprise viewers—it surprised Guthrie, Kotb and many of their colleagues. "Matt is really focused on his family, and I think that's where his heart is and that's where it should be," Guthrie told E! News. "We've kept in touch and we've all been reaching out, and, you know...I don't think there's anyone who would be more thrilled than Matt to see Hoda in this role. He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true."

Kotb has been by Guthrie's side ever since Lauer left.

"Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a staff email Tuesday, just before Today aired. "Hoda is, in a word, remarkable. She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity."

Guthrie added that it's a "dream" to permanently share her anchoring duties with Kotb. "The job can be intense, and you want a partner who has your back," the journalist explained to E! News. Moreover, "The fact that we are two women seems just right with where our culture is."

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Thursday, November 30, 2017


Matt Lauer Conversation @ The View

Hot Topics @ The View: Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations.

"This was really hard for me to hear because I grew up at the Today show and I worked with Matt for years and years," Sara Haines said of her experience at NBC after the long-time anchor was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."

"He was someone that cheerleaded for me and supported me — and as I know Savannah said, he was extremely beloved there."

"I do commend the person with the bravery who comes out to speak about any of this type of behavior."

"I feel for my friends over there today because I know it's a dark day there at the Today show — it's just hard."

Friday, November 21, 2014



Story By: G.H. Harding
Matt Lauer Has Powers At NBC

TODAY SHOW MADNESS --- What’s in the water over at NBC/Universal? Having just gotten somewhat over the Ann Curry-debacle, there’s been a flurry of stories about the morning show crew; with Natalie Morales and Willie Geist suddenly being fired and Hoda Kotb replacing Savannah Guthrie.

Yesterday, on their 9:00-AM hour, the so-named Today’s Take, Geist and Morales addressed it directly. A big rumor was that Matt Lauer went to the powers that be and instructed them NOT to do this, which resulted in the immediate firing of a NBC exec. 

The once untouchable Today Show, which is limping to the end of its 63rd year amid backbiting, talent anxiety, lurid headlines, and for the past two years, second-place ratings, have cost the network news division tens of millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

This latest embarrassment—Monday night’s very public dismissal of NBC News senior vice president and Today show brand general manager Jamie Horowitz after just 10 weeks on the job—amounts to another black eye for the venerable program. Normally, the departure of an unknown broadcast executive would be relegated to the trade journals and barely make a dent in public awareness. But because of Today’s long-held position in the popular culture and its recent history of violent personnel changes, Horowitz’s removal is receiving dead-movie-star coverage in outlets ranging from Us Weekly to Entertainment Tonight, while going viral on social media.

The result is a disconcerting disconnect: A viewer in Topeka, Kansas, wondering just how insincere is the happy talk among Today’s grinning anchors, is apt know as much about the behind-the scenes melodrama as your average Manhattan media junkie. I mean, it's almost a Sex In The City-plot line!

In 2012, Today ended 16 years of ratings dominance with the clumsy sacking of Ann Curry and press reports blaming Curry’s co-anchor Matt Lauer for her tearful, cringe-worthy on-camera exit. Formerly loyal viewers, soured on the show’s forced and seemingly phony atmosphere, subsequently switched in droves to ABC’s Good Morning America, the new and still-reigning king of morning television.

“It’s just complete disarray over at Today right now,” said a veteran NBC executive who, like almost everyone else quoted in this story, spoke on the condition of not being identified. “The entire staff is just at a loss to understand what’s going on. Everybody wants to know what’s happening and who’s in charge.”

BANGLES CLASSICS --- The Bangles have assembled sixteen tracks from their early career, EP's and live performances on Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles! The new album will be out via digital outlets on November 27 through their own DownKiddie! label.

The new album starts with the group's debut single “Getting Out of Hand/Call on Me” and follows with all of the tracks from their first, self-titled EP. Four unreleased demos are followed by live performances and the theme song from The Rock & Roll Alternative Program. All of the tracks were recorded between 1981 and 1984.

Debbi Peterson said "We're so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day."

Her sister, Vicki, added "We've wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time. We've thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them."

Susanna Hoffs said "I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents' house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto - all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition."

The Bangles (originally a trio called The Bangs) hit a big in the early 1980's, scoring several hit singles during that decade, including "Walk Like an Egyptian", "Manic Monday", "Hazy Shade of Winter", and the 1989 number-one single "Eternal Flame".

MIKE NICHOLS --- We lost Director Mike Nichols this week; a true marathon man of talent. Did you know that after his exemplary comic-career with Elaine May, the first picture he directed was Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf … and, the second, The Graduate?

I thought his Angels In America, which he directed as well, was at the time, the best thing I ever saw on TV (Al Pacino as the late-Roy Cohn was stunning). He also did Silkwood, Hurlyburly (onstage), Primary Colors, and Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; which was terrifically underrated and spot-on excellent. A true innovator, true talent, and true force of nature. A big, big loss. RIP Mike.

BECK’S TOKYO --- On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Tokyo by Jeff Beck on DVD. 

The set includes “Stratus,” “Led Boots,” “Cause We Ended As Lovers,” “Big Block,” “A Day In The Life,” “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and many more. 

Jeff Beck is undeniably one of the world’s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. His versatility and unmatched musicianship is captured beautifully on Live In Tokyo. 

Filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th 2014, these Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass). The set list includes some freshly minted songs that fans will never have heard before. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s and Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, which both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel. 

His take on the Stevie Wonder classic, “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” is as brilliant as ever. What a song!

CLOSING NOTES --- 77-year old Bill Cosby’s fund-raiser performance in the Bahamas last night, went on as planned; yet many of the audience polled asked why he didn’t take the opportunity to deny the ongoing charges against him …

Micky Dolenz and entourage at Nomad restaurant in midtown Wednesday night …

The New York Post’s Cindy Adams has been ranting about Verizon for the past five years. PR-man David Salidor had his voice mail and phones service out for almost two weeks and yesterday received a $100.00 credit. “After more than two dozens phone calls requesting it … I’m pleased … and shocked.”

Times Square Gossip editor James Edstrom had his Verizon Internet out for days and could not reach someone in America to talk too. Said Edstrom: " This is what happens when we gave the Internet to the corporations. America invented the Internet and we are the slowest in the world because of these corporations, ranking 68th across the planet. Third world countries have better service."

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Matt Lauer

Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford

Ann Curry And Al Roker

Natalie Morales

Matt Lauer And Meredith Vieira

Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira along with Natalie Morales, Ann Curry,Al Roker got into the Halloween sprit at NBC's "Today Show" in New York City.
Photos By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Mario Lopez

Matt Lauer With Anne Curry, Meredith Vieira And Al Roker

Today Show Host Matt Lauer was roasted by Ann Curry, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker by the Friars Club. He was joined by Lauer's Closest friends and colleagues at the New York Hilton last night in New York City. Mario Lopez also joined in the fun with many other celebrities.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Prince Harry and Prince William

British royals PRINCE WILLIAM and HARRY have opened their hearts in a revealing TV interview.The pair have recorded an interview with American morning show NBC's Today, and it promises to be explosive viewing when it is aired later this month (May 07). Interviewer Matt Lauer says, "They were quite open and they talked a lot about their mom and about the pressures they face… the exposure and the over exposure and their quest for normalcy."They treat it like the Holy Grail. They don’t think they will ever be able to attain it. A source on the show tells British newspaper the Daily Express, "The young men speak frankly about absolutely everything - their mother’s untimely death, Harry going to war in Iraq and how they feel about the paparazzi." The interview will air days before the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial concert on July 1st, which the princes have organized to commemorate what would have been their late mother’s 46th birthday. Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, Take That, James Morrison and Status Quo are all performing at the summer gig at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Matt Lauer's wife has filed for legal separation according to published reports.Annette Roque Lauer, who married Matt eight years ago, filed a petition for legal separation last month, according to Rush & Molloy of the NY Daily News. The columnists say Lauer withdrew her petition, but everyone in the media is on high alert for the story that could be the breakup of the year. A rep for the couple told Rush & Molloy that the pair is "not divorcing." Personally, it's sad as Matt is one of the nicest guys around, always nice and always ready to pose for a photo. He is one celebrity with class, and he should talk to me on how to avoid the media frenzy that is bound to happen as we speak!