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Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91

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Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91
Hugh Hefner, publishing legend and iconic founder of Playboy magazine, has passed away at the age of 91. Hefner died of natural causes at his Playboy Mansion home, surrounded by his loved ones. Hefner had not been seen in public for quite some time as rumors of declining health began to spring up over a year ago. The robed Romeo truly lived a fairy tale life, one that Kiss' Gene Simmons summed up perfectly in the 2009 documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel when he said, "Show me any guy of any age anywhere in the world. . . that wouldn't give his left nut to be Hugh Hefner at 20, at 50, at 80."

Hefner borrowed $8,000 dollars (including $1,000 from his mother) in 1953 to create Playboy while he was working for Esquire as a copy editor. The world-famous magazine that placed naked women and intelligent interviews right next to each other, and changed the world. While most famous for Playboy,
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11 Ways Beyoncé and Solange Prove They’re the Most Supportive, Glamorous Sisters Ever

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11 Ways Beyoncé and Solange Prove They’re the Most Supportive, Glamorous Sisters Ever
There are lots of sets of sisters in the world, but few are as goal-setting as Beyoncé and little sis Solange, who have both won Grammys tonight. They’re nearly identical, both crazy talented, and pretty much all-around perfect.

And yes, this family has a pretty high fabulous factor, but there’s no competition between the two — just love. Here’s proof.

1. Beyoncé wrote a rare Instagram caption about her sister’s album.

It’s not often that Queen Bey graces one of her artsy Instagrams with a caption — she’s more of a strong, silent type. But for the
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Erica Hill Moves From NBC to Hln

Erica Hill, a veteran of broadcast-tv’s morning-news wars, is moving to Hln to help goose a new daytime effort.

Hill, who most recently helped anchor the weekend editions of NBC’s “Today” program, will get her own daytime program on Hln and have a presence on sister network CNN, according to a statement from Ken Jautz, a CNN executive vice president who oversees Hln. Her new Hln program will launch in the fall. While details are said to be forthcoming, chances are Hill will have a roost in the afternoon – Hln’s grid is already filled for most o the morning by Robin Meade’s “Morning Express” and a new show led by Michaela Pereira slated to debut in July in the late morning.

Hill previously worked for the Time Warner-owned Hln and CNN in the earlier part of last decade, and played a role in helping move what
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CBS Sets Ryan Kadro at Top of ‘CBS This Morning’ in Showrunner Shift

CBS Sets Ryan Kadro at Top of ‘CBS This Morning’ in Showrunner Shift
Ryan Kadro, who has worked with “CBS This Morning” as a top producer since the current edition of the program was in development in 2011, will become executive producer of the show as it continues to make strides in TV’s increasingly competitive morning-news wars.

Kadro has served as deputy to the program’s chief, Chris Licht, who is moving to take charge of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” He was named co-executive producer of the program in December.

He takes the helm of the program, which features Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell in a newsier edition of the typical TV-network morning show, at a heady time. Though “CBS This Morning” lags its main competitors, NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” significantly in the ratings, it has been doing something those programs have not: gaining viewers. Season to date as of April 7, “CBS This Morning
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How ‘CBS This Morning’ Finally Became a Player in the Morning News Race

How ‘CBS This Morning’ Finally Became a Player in the Morning News Race
On a recent morning when the world is curious about the Republican candidates gearing up for a run at President, the transition of late-night hosts at Comedy Central and terrorism in the Middle East, Chris Licht knows just what to offer: Rock songs.

Licht, a former disc jockey, will over the course of two hours hunkered in a darkened studio on New York’s West 57th Street, pair news reports on the aforementioned items and more with a range of popular tunes. A segment about online dating scams debuts to the strains of Edwin Starr’s “A Girl Like You.” “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors alerts viewers to a peek at newly born Prince George of England. “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips introduces a segment about President Jimmy Carter. And Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” lends oomph to a news story about robots in Japan.
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‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Today’ Borrow Tricks From Nik Wallenda

Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee looks nothing like tightrope-walking daredevil Nik Wallenda. Yet for one agonizing block of time on a recent Friday, the two seemed more similar than different.

On the Friday, November 7 edition of the venerable ABC morning program, Zee made a tandem jump from a plane nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida, with a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team. As “Gma” co-anchor Lara Spencer brought her hands to her mouth and openly fretted – “Oh my gosh! Ginger, be careful!” – Zee smiled and plummeted at 120 miles per hour, all with wireless GoPro cameras showing the action from her point of view. Once all was well, she started chatting with her co-hosts as though she were back in the studio.

“When the door to the plane opened and we were about to jump, all I was thinking was …’I’m hungry!’” Zee said in an emailed response to questions,
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Julie Chen: I'm a 'Little Bit Dirtier, a Little Bit Raunchier' Than People Think

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Julie Chen: I'm a 'Little Bit Dirtier, a Little Bit Raunchier' Than People Think
Julie Chen is no Chenbot. Sure, the co-host of CBS' The Talk loves the Chenbot nickname that she earned while hosting the long-running reality show Big Brother, but she says it's been a long time since she looked and behaved like the robotic, picture-perfect newsreader from CBS' The Early Show, where she worked from 1999 to 2011. "People went into watching The Talk thinking I was a certain way - a bit cold, a bit full of herself, not the fun girl to hang out with at the party," Chen, 44, told People. "My hair was always big and curly, sprayed perfectly. That
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Could Savannah Guthrie’s Pregnancy Herald Even More Personal Chatter At ‘Today,’ ‘Gma’?

In the grand scheme of things, Savannah Guthrie’s newly-announced pregnancy means very little to the world at large. But in the ongoing drama that is morning TV, this development could mean everything.

Guthrie, who was named co-anchor of “Today” last year, announced to the show’s audience this morning that she had gotten married over the weekend, and, what’s more, is four months pregnant. In times past, news anchors might have kept their personal lives separate from the tableau they present on camera, but, in these days of Am-show teams functioning more as a coffee klatch than a group of journalists, that era is over.

Now, the question will be whether NBC chooses to seize upon Guthrie’s happy news and use it as the latest salvo against ABC News and “Good Morning America,” where personal revelations seem to fly so fast they could make viewers stop to
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Julie Chen Gets Apology From Former Station, Addresses Nose Job Rumors!

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When "The Talk" host Julie Chen revealed she had her eyes done, some felt she didn't cop up to all her plastic surgery procedures."She forgot to add she got a nose job too," one toofab commentor wrote. "How dumb not to mention the nose job ... it is pretty obvious! A little honesty goes a long way," another added.So, did Julie get a rhinoplasty too? Her cohosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne (who of all people should know what a nose job looks like) thought so. Watch: Meanwhile, the Ohio station that Julie previously worked issued an apology after she revealed that an ex-manager's comments about her "Asian eyes" prompted her to get plastic surgery."We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at Wdtn-tv," Joe Abouzeid, Wdtn and Wbdt president and general manager, said in a statement to The Dayton Daily News.
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‘Gma’ Adds David Friedman To Bolster Lead Over ‘Today’

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David Friedman has joined ABC’s morning infotainment program Good Morning America as special Gma Creative Executive, working full-time for several months to help the show ramp up in the fall, Gma senior exec producer Tom Cibrowski announced today. Gma, of course, is now the genre leader in the daypart, besting NBC News’ once dominant Today. Friedman used to be exec producer of CBS’ The Early Show, and started his career at Today. But, these days, he’s maybe best known for the seven years during which he created, launched and exec produced Carson Daly’s late-night show. Most recently, he’s been one of the industry’s go-to guys for live special event programming, including The Biggest Loser finale on NBC. Here’s Cibrowski’s announcement to staff: I’m writing to let you know about a new face you will see here in the near future. I’m
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A Day Out With The Talk's Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne

On paper, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne — the queen bees of CBS' girly gabfest The Talk — couldn't be more different. Chen, a pedigreed journalist, spent years rising up the ranks at The Early Show and hosting Big Brother. Osbourne, meanwhile, has passed the last decade-plus morphing from music manager to reality-tv pioneer and variety-show judge. (Heck, even their husbands are practically from different planets: Chen is married to Leslie Moonves, the power-suited president and CEO of CBS; Osbourne has a 30-year union with rock icon Ozzy.) And yet...

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Erica Hill To NBC’s Weekend ‘Today’: Reports

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NBC and CBS won’t confirm, but if true it’s the latest stop for Erica Hill, who was replaced on CBS Morning Show over the summer by Norah O’Donnell. Hill would join Today‘s weekend show as co-host alongside Lester Holt, who currently anchors the show solo Saturdays and co-hosts with Jenna Wolfe on Sundays. Hill joined CBS as co-host of The Early Show in 2010 after a stint as news reader and correspondent on Anderson Cooper 360 at CNN. CBS retooled Early Show this year and hired Charlie Rose and Gayle King to co-anchor alongside Hill, who was the only member left of the previous incarnation of the show.
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Oprah Winfrey Named Highest-Paid Celebrity—but No. 2 Is a Surprise

Oprah Winfrey Named Highest-Paid Celebrity—but No. 2 Is a Surprise
Oprah Winfrey may have retired her namesake talk show for good in 2011, but she's still rollin' in the dough as the titular head of her own TV network. The daytime legend has topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid celebrities for the fourth year in a row with $165 million earned between May 2011 and May 2012. The news comes even after Own, her fledgling eponymous cable channel, has faced disappointing ratings. That prompted her to rethink Own's lineup—like deciding to pull the plug on The Rosie Show in March. Winfrey later admitted to pal Gayle King on CBS' The Early Show, "If I were writing a book about [running a network], I could call the book 101...
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'Big Brother' host Julie Chen on Frank, Boogie, and why she has to control her inner Chenbot

'Big Brother' host Julie Chen on Frank, Boogie, and why she has to control her inner Chenbot
It usually takes until at least week 3 for the bonkers behavior to get going in the Big Brother house. Luckily for us, the first week included an identity revelation (yep, Willie’s a Hantz!), a megalomaniac speech (yep, Hantz will eat his Froot Loops!), and a thrilling Head of Household competition (yep, that was Hantz having a temper tantrum when his new nemesis Frank won!). And as always, guiding us through the choppy waters of crazy is host Julie Chen, who called in to discuss her early thoughts on this season.

How are you feeling about the addition of coaches this season?
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'The Talk': Susan Koeppen relives her life-or-death emergency

It's a sure bet that no other guest co-host of "The Talk" this week can match the story Susan Koeppen has.

The weekday CBS program started welcoming personalities from network-owned affiliates across the country with weathercaster John Elliott of New York's Wcbs-tv on Monday (June 25). Formerly CBS News' consumer reporter, Emmy winner Koeppen now is an evening news anchor for Pittsburgh's Kdka-tv, and she appears on "The Talk" Tuesday -- discussing how she almost died last fall.

"They asked for the stories the station did on my cardiac arrest," Koeppen tells Zap2it about her collapse while jogging in November in the Pittsburgh area, not long after she ran a 5K race. One of her fellow joggers was a physician, and two medical students passing by helped administer CPR to her until Ems technicians arrived with a defibrillator.

"When it first happened," Koeppen reflects, "I never cried, I never had any emotion about it,
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Oprah Winfrey not godmother of Beyoncé, Jay-z baby, says Gayle King

Oprah Winfrey not godmother of Beyoncé, Jay-z baby, says Gayle King
Gayle King has denied rumours that Oprah Winfrey has been named godmother of Beyoncé and Jay-z's young daughter Blue Ivy. It was reported on Thursday that Winfrey had been given the honour because of her close friendship with the music superstars. Appearing on The Early Show on Friday, Winfrey's best friend and business associate Gayle King commented on the matter, insisting that there is no truth behind the story. "It's absolutely not true that she's the godmother. She's friends with them, of course, (more)
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Beyonce’s baby’s godmother rumor shot down

HollywoodNews.com: As it seemed like a pretty far-fetched rumor, it comes as no surprise to hear that Oprah is not the godmother of Beyonce’s new daughter with husband Jay-z.

Oprah’s good friend, Gayle King, hit up ‘The Early Show’ to deny the claims that seemed a little unexpected to start, states UsMagazine.com. “It’s absolutely not true that she’s the godmother. She’s friends with them, of course, and likes them both very much,” King commented.

However, King did admit that if there was any truth to it, it would also be a surprise to Oprah: “Let me just say, if (that report is) true, it is news to her. It is news to her. You know, she was heading to South Africa when the baby was born.”

Who do you think will be the godmother?

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'CBS This Morning' Ratings Up Slightly Compared to 'Early Show'

'CBS This Morning' Ratings Up Slightly Compared to 'Early Show'
The debut of CBS This Morning with Gayle King and Charlie Rose was up slightly compared to the December average for the previous morning program, The Early Show. CBS This Morning averaged, 2.7 million viewers (with 1.1 million in news' target demographic of 25-54-year-olds) for the week ending Jan. 13, the program's first full week on the air. That marks a gain of 5 percent compared to the network’s average in December (excluding the holiday week). The program featured interviews with Gop presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul as well as First Lady Michelle Obama

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'CBS This Morning': CBS News veteran says program 'speaks to our DNA'

" ... And whatever the hell that thing on CBS is called."

So says Jeff Goldblum's television-executive character about the morning show from the "eye network" in the 2010 movie comedy "Morning Glory," but a new bid to grab A.M. audiences begins Monday (Jan. 9) with "CBS This Morning." Held over from "The Early Show," Erica Hill will be joined by fellow anchors Charlie Rose and Gayle King, and one CBS News veteran is very ready for the change.

"I think there's such an excitement about it," producer Susan Zirinsky tells Zap2it, "because it is who we are at our core. This speaks to our DNA." Both the executive producer of "48 Hours Mystery" and an update of the classic interview series "Person to Person" that premieres Wednesday, Feb. 8, Zirinsky worked on "CBS Morning News" earlier in a diverse career with the network that dates back some 40 years.

"I say this in
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Jeff Glor To Anchor Sunday ‘CBS Evening News’ Along With ‘CBS This Morning’ Gig

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Jeff Glor has been named anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News. Glor was named Special Correspondent for CBS This Morning in November 2011 and he will continue in that role. Previously, Glor served as News Anchor of “The Early Show” since January 2011. From 2009-2010, he was anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News and a national correspondent for all CBS News broadcasts. He joined CBS News in 2007 as a national correspondent for “The Early Show.” While at CBS News, Glor has covered a number of major domestic and international stories. In 2011, he reported live from Norway on the twin terror attacks that rocked the country in July, and in September he won an Emmy award for his “CBS Sunday Morning” report, “Paving the Way,” a profile of the decaying Rust Belt steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania and Mayor John Fetterman’s efforts to restore it.
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