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Was that a Freudian slip, Willie Geist? The Today Show co-host made everyone burst into laughter earlier this morning when he had a slip of the tongue while introducing Amanda Seyfried. Geist opened the segment by stating, "We all know Amanda Seyfried from her roles as the nice, if a bit titsy..." Waaaaait a second, did he just call her "titsy"?! Yes, yes he did. Geist quickly caught his mishap and corrected himself, "ditzy, excuse me, teen in Mean Girls." No one let it go, though, and although some might be offended by his choice of words, Seyfried seemed to get a good laugh out of it. "That's incredible," she laughed. "Amanda, please forgive me," Geist »
Regardless of all the star broadcasters NBC News threw at Rachel Dolezal for a series of on-air interviews Tuesday, it was a relative unknown that stood out.
Instead of Matt Lauer on “Today,” Savannah Guthrie on “NBC Nightly News” or MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, it was Amber Payne of Nbcblk — a small, NBC Universal-owned website devoted to black culture — who uttered the only question that seemed to yield some new information about Dolezal.
“How do you do your hair? Is it a perm or is it a weave?” asked Payne.
When Dolezal revealed that she does, in fact, have a weave, it was perhaps the most ridiculous moment to emerge from a string of interviews suffused with an almost surreal level of inanity. And yet the most absurd aspect of NBC News’ Dolezal Day was how straight-faced its interviewers sat as their subject grew loonier the more she spoke.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Jon Stewart tackled the confounding saga of Rachel Dolezal — the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP who had been portraying herself as black for 10 years — on Monday night's Daily Show, with a appropriately titled new segment: "Whaaaaaaat!??"
Stewart kept a bemused tone as he ran through the basics of the complicated story, including Dolezal's real background — Czech, Swiss and German — and the damning, cringe-worthy clip in which she responds to a reporter's question about whether she's African-American by saying, "I don't understand the question."
Dolezal ultimately resigned »
For a comedy writer, having even one sketch make it to air on Saturday Night Live is a dream come true. On the other hand, trying to get a scene to go from page to screen can be a living nightmare for the staff scribes. As current employee Mike O'Brien and former writers Emily Spivey and Simon Rich reveal, what often seems hilarious on paper can lead to hellish shoots or, thanks to constant rewrites and last-minute hiccups, a disaster that plays out in real time. With the documentary Live From New York coming out today and presenting the show as a rosy place to work, Vulture asked the trio to pick the sketches that gave them the most trouble and lasting agita, and explain how it all went down. Emily Spivey, SNL 2001–2010, creator Up All Night, co-executive producer The Last Man on Earth Sketch: 2009's "The Today Show With »
- Dan Reilly
After fourteen long years, the week many thought would never come is finally here! This Friday, well technically Thursday, the fourth installment in the long-running Jurassic Park franchise finally makes its way into theaters everywhere! The sure-to-be epic Jurassic World is currently gearing up for a massive premiere tomorrow night with many of its stars, including Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) & Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), expected to be in attendance. Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Colin Trevorrow-directed film is all set to receive the largest worldwide IMAX release ever! It's been confirmed that Jurassic World will hit over 800 IMAX screens worldwide starting this Friday, beating out previous record holder The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by over 100 screens. Check out two very brief new clips, from Pratt's appearence on The Today Show, below and keep scrolling to check out a neat new featurette with real-life paleontologist Jack Horner »
Only eight days remain before the park is open for business! Earlier today, Jurassic World stars Nick Robinson (The Kings Of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) paid a visit to The Today Show to promote their upcoming film. During their visit, they debuted a brief new clip that features the two young stars in the gyrosphere observing four Ankylosauruses when the big bad Indominus Rex sneaks up on them! Check it out below: Plus, check out this interview, conducted by IGN, and listen to stars Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) & Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) remember the first time they saw Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Jurassic Park and what made the original film so magical: And here's a brand new TV spot: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from »
Once on film, you kind of live forever. Few achieve the sort of cinematic infamy and icon status of Betsy Palmer, however. The longtime performer and Chicago native, a veteran of stage and screen (both big and small), including Mr. Roberts and multiple appearances on Password and The Today Show, would find greatest notoriety as…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Matt Lauer is such a boss. The Today Show anchor got on his bike and rode a whopping 227 miles (!) for a good cause. Lauer completed his Tour de Red Nose Thursday morning—biking over the Queensboro Bridge and arriving on the Today plaza to a roaring crowd—to help raise money for Red Nose Day, a benefit that helps poverty-stricken children. "So close to the finish line. Thanks to all my pals from NBC who came out to ride today. I should make it to 30 Rock during the show," Lauer tweeted on Wednesday, before completing his ride yesterday morning. "#RedNoseDay ride is complete. So happy to be back home after 227 miles on the bike. Thanks so much for your generosity and support," he »
Hoda Kotb proved that she can hang with the boys when she performed an amazing rendition of "Uptown Funk" on Thursday's episode of Lip Sync Battle. The Today show cohost rocked gold chains, aviators, a pink blazer, and a bandanna underneath a fedora while singing Bruno Mars's catchy song. Hoda owned the stage with backup dancers while her competitor, Michael Strahan, couldn't help but sing along. After Hoda's performances got epic responses from the crowd, it was Michael's turn to shine when he sang Fergie's "London Bridge." Watch Hoda's performance above, and then check out the pair's other battle below. Who do you think rocked it better? »
Watercooler break! People are fascinated with Microsoft's latest website How-Old.net, which tries to estimate the age of anyone just based on their photo. But sadly, some users' results don't even come close. Case in point: Al Roker. The Today show team conducted their own experiment with the addictive site on Friday, May 1, and showed the ballpark answers via Instagram. Matt Lauer, 57, received age 48. Tamron Hall, 44, also got a nice bump down with age 35. Sheinelle Jones got 24. How old do the Today anchors [...] »
Matt Lauer can't keep any secrets! The Today show co-anchor participated in Vogue's 73 Questions and didn't hold anything back when it came to answering the rapid-fire questions. He revealed the answers to both serious and silly questions, but there was only one he wouldn't answer: Who is his favorite child? "Don't even tried that," he said while laughing. But when it came to answering everything else, Lauer was all honesty all the time! He even made a couple of jokes along the way, including when he was asked to reveal, "What's in the Matt Lauer cocktail?" "Vodka with a twist of Ambien," he joked. We probably won't be asking a mixologist to »
“Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino revealed Tuesday that he tried to get himself out of the film just before shooting began. “Three days before we were about to shoot, I called my manager and I said ‘Get me out,'” Sorvino said. “‘I’m going to ruin the movie. I’m going to ruin myself. I have no idea what to do.'” The actor, who played slow-moving mob boss Paulie Cicero in the iconic Martin Scorsese film, appeared along with castmates Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco and Robert De Niro on “The Today Show” to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. »
- Joe Otterson
Kim Kardashian West is ''still hoping'' to have another baby. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashian' star and husband Kanye West's fertility struggles have been well-documented but Kim, 34, isn't ready to let go of the chance to make 22-month-old daughter North a big sister. Speaking on The Today Show, she said: ''They say if you've been trying [to have a baby] for a year, then you usually need a little bit of help. ''I had a tough delivery, so I understand what my challenges are. I mean, I'm seeing the best doctors and I'm trying to do everything that I can to make that happen.'' Meanwhile, earlier this month, viewers of the family's E! show watched on as Kim was told she may only be able to have a baby via a surrogate. Reacting to the bombshell, she said through tears: ''There is nothing more on this earth that I want more »
"Greenzo" (David Schwimmer), a narcissistic, power-mad actor's interpretation of an environmental mascot, turns up in the second season of "30 Rock" and quickly ruins the carefully calibrated messaging of NBC's latest "green" initiative. Hired by Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) at the behest of Ge Chairman Don Geiss (Rip Torn), Greenzo, "America's first non-judgmental, business-friendly environmental advocate," proves popular with audiences and executives alike—until, that his, he bites the hand that feeds him live on "The Today Show" with Meredith Viera. As broadcast satires go, the episode pulls few punches, sending up both self-aggrandizing liberals and corporate honchos looking to make a buck from "this environmentalism trend." But more than seven years later, would the joke still land? As the MPAA announced yesterday in honor of Earth Day, in 2014 member studios diverted more than 19,000 tons of solid waste from »
- Matt Brennan
Dr. Mehmet Oz isn't cowering from his critics. In an episode airing Thursday, the 54-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon will address the group of 10 physicians that penned a letter to Columbia University requesting the school fire him from his position. Currently he serves as vice chairman of the surgery department. The Today show received an exclusive clip from the upcoming episode and shows the medical show host defending himself. "These doctors are criticizing me for promoting treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain, something I tell you every day on this program I never do," he states directly to the camera. But the physicians, who are not affiliated with the Ivy League »
A rare look into a royal’s final wishes. It’s been almost 18 years since Princess Diana’s tragic death at age 36, and now for the first time, the late royal’s will has been revealed, thanks to a new British site called Probate Search. For a subscription fee of $15, those interested can find the contents of the wills of many famous Brits, including Winston Churchill, author George Orwell, and Princess Diana. The Today show noted that the mother of two left close to $30 million to her sons, [...] »
Matt Lauer is doing everything he can to launch Ellen DeGeneres‘ plumbing career. DeGeneres got quite the surprise on her drive to work Friday, as “The Today Show” host paid to have four billboards put up around Los Angeles featuring DeGeneres sporting a prominent plumber’s crack and a phone number for her “plumbing service.” “The joke’s on you because I’m a good plumber,” DeGeneres responded in a preview of Monday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She then played a video with her and a producer meeting near one of the billboards to snap a few pictures. »
- Joe Otterson
While Harry Potter fans are excited enough about the franchise continuing on in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they'd much rather be getting a new adventure featuring Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. That isn't happening, though, and probably won't. Ever. At least according to author J.K. Rowling.
She has stated in the past that she has no plans to revisit the main characters for another full-length book. But people keep asking the question. The Today Show once again went at it. And J.K. Rowling quite firmly says 'no'. But then, she doesn't want it to be that black and white. While she has no plans to continue the series, ever, she wants to leave the door open just a crack. Asked if we'd be getting Harry Potter 8 sometime in the future, she says:
"No. But even as I answer that, I know that someone's cutting »
J.K. Rowling will never say she definitely won’t write a new Harry Potter book. But, more or less, she won’t. In an interview with The Today Show, Rowling was once again posed the question about whether or not she’s prepping a new Harry Potter book. She said, “No,” but explained a bit more than that. She feels the […]
- Germain Lussier
The Today show co-host Hoda Kotb can breathe easy now that her relationship with longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman is all out in the open. Only probably not in Paris. The two jetted off to the French capital, the City of Love, over the Easter holiday. "Oh my God, it was so fun. It was a whirlwind trip but it was gorgeous and romantic and beautiful," Kotb told E! News at The Hollywood Reporter's The 35 Most Powerful People In Media event in New York on Wednesday. "We were drinking the best coffees, drinking the best wines, everyone was smoking. It was like, awesome." "You know when you're just walking around in plumes of smoke and for some reason, you »
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