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Kathie Lee Gifford couldn’t get ahold of her daughter, Cassidy, the day that her husband, Frank Gifford, died. The Today show co-host recalled on Friday, Aug. 21, one of the most difficult things she had to do was track down their daughter, who was aboard a flight. "The hardest part of the day — other than finding Frank — was that we couldn't get in touch with Cass because she was in the air," Kathie Lee said of her 22-year-old actress daughter, who was en route to [...] »
Janelle Monáe was abruptly cut off last Friday on The Today Show on NBC, as she was performing with Jidenna and Wombaland at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, after she had begun giving the audience a speech about police violence against black people. “God bless all the lost lives to police brutality,” she […]
- Quentin Gueroult
Jenna Bush Hager welcomed a second child on Thursday, a girl named after Hager’s grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush. Jenna Bush Hager Names Daughter After Her Grandfather Poppy Louise Hager weighed in at 7 lbs., 9 oz., and the name “Poppy,” was H.W. Bush’s nickname as a child. The Today show correspondent announced her […]
- Shantel Whitaker
Can you believe it has been a year already?! Savannah Guthrie kicked off daughter Vale Guthrie Feldman's 1st birthday bright and early Thursday morning, posting adorable photos of her baby when she was first born. The Today show co-host posted an up-close picture of her then-newborn and picture of herself holding baby Vale for what presumably is the first time! "I believe in love at first sight," Guthrie captioned the pics, adding, "Happy Birthday, Vale!" Mike Feldman's wife was busy preparing for her daughter's big milestone Wednesday night, as she also took to Instagram to post a picture of all of the tools she was working with to celebrate. With pink sparkling sugar, candles, »
Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly aren't afraid to get a little touch up here and there! The Today show co-hosts opted to receive Botox and Juvederm fillers live on-air Friday morning as a part of a weeklong look at non-invasive plastic surgery procedures. Going under the needle at the hands of Dr. Amy Wechsler, both Savannah and Guthrie said their youth-maintaining procedures were painless. After applying a topical numbing gel to Carson's smile lines, Wechsler injected him with the Juvederm filler. Savannah, on the other hand, received no numbing cream before receiving her injections at her head's temples and in between her eyebrows. Although both appeared slightly nervous, Wechsler calmed them by »
NBC has finally found a Dorothy for its live production of The Wiz: 18-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams snagged the part a million girls would kill for through an open casting call. She'll be joining a host of veteran actors and singers, including Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original Broadway production) as Auntie Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz, Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West, and, most recently, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. The Today show broke the announcement Wednesday morning and has a video of Williams's audition and the moment when she learned she got the part. Try not to get tears into your sad desk salad. »
- E. Alex Jung
Update: NBC has released footage showing a bit of Shanice Williams auditioning, as well as her reaction to learning that she'd gotten the part. You'll also find a brief video interview with the actress/singer immediately following, with hosts of "The Today Show" (The original announcement of her casting follows underneath both videos): It was in May when NBC has announced an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3. Revealed this morning, just moments ago, on NBC's "The Today Show," newcomer Shanice Williams has been cast as Dorothy, beating out the competition. This could be the break of a lifetime for the actress/singer. Williams joins David Alan Grier, who will play the Cowardly Lion; Queen Latifah stars as the Wiz; Mary J. Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Update: NBC has released footage showing a bit of Shanice Williams auditioning, as well as her reaction to learning that she'd gotten the part. You'll also find a brief video interview with the actress/singer immediately following, with hosts of "The Today Show" (The original announcement of her casting follows underneath both videos): It was in May when NBC has announced an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network’s upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set to air on Thursday, Dec. 3. Revealed this morning, just moments ago, on NBC's "The Today Show," newcomer Shanice Williams has been cast as Dorothy, beating out the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Yesterday, Bobbie Thomas and husband Michael Marion welcomed their first child into the world, Miles Thomas Marion. The baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches long. The Today show's style editor had struggled to have children as she underwent several rounds of in vitro fertilization, and finally back in November 2014, she announced her happy news on the morning show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The new mom shared photos of her little guy on Facebook, "beyond grateful to share," she captioned the sweet pics along with a heart emoticon. "Miles Thomas Marion July 21, 2015 4:59 pm 7lbs 5oz / 20.5 inches" We're told the timing couldn't have »
NBC News Today show tore into the Donald Trump/John McCain melee this morning, giving Trump air time to thwap around the media over its coverage of the controversial comments he made Saturday that Sen. McCain “is not a war hero”/ is a war hero because he was captured, etc. In addition to placing blame for the fracas at the feet of the media, Trump this morning said McCain “has done nothing to help the vets” and is “doing a horrible job” regarding treatment of veterans… »
Kathie Lee Gifford is living life on the wild side! The Today show co-host stopped by Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Hoda Kotb Wednesday and confessed to some scandalous activities! During a game of "Shush You Lush," the NBC stars had to answer revealing questions about each other, and they were eager to dish the scoop! Both have hosted the fourth hour of Today for quite some time, so they've definitely learned a thing or two about each other—including X-rated activities and drug use! When host Andy Cohen asked Hoda whether or not Kathie Lee had ever smoked marijuana, Hoda admitted, "Yes, she has, but it's not her bag. It's not her thing" But when Andy asked »
On July 14th, Tubefilter and LeftField Media announced Al Roker as one of the headlining speakers at the first-ever Industry Summit at Stream Con NYC. The famous weatherman and long-time Today Show host may seem like an odd choice for an event focused on the world of web video, but Roker has recently established himself as a forward thinker with a keen eye for digital media. We spoke to Roker about the most exciting developments he sees in the ever-changing media landscape.
[Editor’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.]
Tubefilter: You've spent a long time in the traditional media world, which many people (especially within younger generations) see as a "dying" industry. Do you agree with that viewpoint, or do you see things differently?
Al Roker: Traditional media still is the place people go for a collective experience. Did someone say Women's Soccer World Cup? Millions watched on traditional TV but simultaneously jumped on social media. When done right, »
- Sam Gutelle
Judd Apatow continued to decry comedian Bill Cosby during an appearance on “The Today Show” Monday to promote his new movie “Trainwreck.” “A lot of people got terribly hurt,” Apatow said. “And you know, when you go out on a date you don’t need seven prescriptions for Quaaludes. I’m in show business. Famous people can meet women without the enormous prescriptions.” Apatow was referring to the explosive revelation from a recently released 2005 deposition in which Cosby admitted he obtained the drug methaqualone (brand name Quaalude) with the intent of giving it to women with whom he planned to have sex. »
- Joe Otterson
Cassidy Gifford has some wonderful support from her mom, Kathie Lee Gifford! The Today show host opened up to E! News about her daughter's blossoming career at her premiere of The Gallows, and couldn't help but gush about how far she has come. "We don't say proud because pride comes before the fall, and we've all seen a lot of that in Hollywood," she joked. "So years ago Cassidy said, 'We need a God word for proud,' so we came up with 'groud,' which means grateful to God for all the wonderful things that are happening in your life, but totally aware you could have a mug shot by morning." Leave it to Kathie Lee to keep it real! In other words, she said, she »
Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman are very much in love! The Today show co-host opens up about her boyfriend of two years in the new issue of Closer Weekly, and by the sounds of it they're might be some wedding bells in the future. Hoda, who has been married once before, dishes that Joel Aka "Boots" taught her how to love again. "Joel showed me that anything is possible. Like, at 50 years old, you can have butterflies—you can feel that again," she says. "At 50, you can trust someone and realize that there are second chances in life. Joel showed me all of that." She also revealed that her boyfriend has an adorable romantic side that often comes out in the early morning! »
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 »
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