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Kathie Lee Gifford Celebrated in Her Final Episode of 'Today'

Kathie Lee Gifford Celebrated in Her Final Episode of 'Today'
Friday marked Kathie Lee Gifford's final day at Today.

After a week of on-air goodbyes and tributes, her final episode kicked off with a surprise performance by Flo Rida, and the co-host was greeted by friends and family when she walked onto the stage.

Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb began their first segment by discussing why their portion of Today has succeeded over the years. "We have fun and we have a friendship and it's real and we have a great love and affection and respect for our audience," said Gifford. "We know you guys are ...
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Writer, Producer Dish Details on Sex Pistols Film ‘Only Anarchists Are Pretty’ (Exclusive)

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Writer, Producer Dish Details on Sex Pistols Film ‘Only Anarchists Are Pretty’ (Exclusive)
The new Sex Pistols film-in-the-making, news of which has punks young and old abuzz, has a name: “Only Anarchists Are Pretty.” The writer and producer of the project tell Variety that they are setting about getting the picture financed ahead of casting their Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten et al.

Producer Ayesha Plunkett is making the film through her recently formed Starlight banner. She said reports that it will be a straight-up biopic are wide of the mark. “It’s not a biopic. I’m not interested in doing that,” she said. “It’s a feature film, a script written from a book I liked by Mick O’Shea.”

O’Shea’s “The Early Days of the Sex Pistols: Only Anarchists Are Pretty” was published in 2004, and he wrote the screenplay, with input from Plunkett. As was the case with the book, it fictionalizes the events of the day, while sticking
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CBS News Considers Anchor Changes for ‘CBS This Morning’ (Exclusive)

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CBS News Considers Anchor Changes for ‘CBS This Morning’ (Exclusive)
Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson and Bianna Golodryga have scored a notable string of scoops for “CBS This Morning” in recent weeks. Now executives at the network’s news division are considering something that would also make headlines — a new anchor lineup for the show.

As CBS News president Susan Zirinsky examines the division she took over officially just last week, executives are mulling a potential morning scramble that could send at least two of the show’s four anchors to other assignments. Meanwhile, CBS News is in contract talks with King, who has emerged as the most visible member of the “CBS This Morning” team, thanks to a high-profile sit-down this week with disgraced music star R. Kelly.

Dickerson may take a new role at “60 Minutes” covering politics, according to three people familiar with the matter. Executives are also contemplating dispatching O’Donnell to the anchor seat of “CBS Evening News,
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That Time Joy Behar Wore ‘Darker’ Makeup to Dress as a ‘Beautiful African Woman’ in the ’70s (Video)

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That Time Joy Behar Wore ‘Darker’ Makeup to Dress as a ‘Beautiful African Woman’ in the ’70s (Video)
The View” co-host Joy Behar attended a Halloween party dressed as a “beautiful African woman” during the 1970s, which included darkening her face with makeup, the host said in a 2016 episode of the daytime talk show.

“That is me. I was 29. It was a Halloween party, I went as a beautiful African woman. That’s my hair,” Behar said. “I had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin, but that’s my actual hair, though.”

Given her current age of 76, the party can be dated to roughly 1972.

Also Read: John Oliver Jokes He Landed Megyn Kelly's 'Today' Gig Simply Because He Knows Blackface Is Wrong (Video)

“You mean blackface,” fellow co-host Raven-Symoné responded, though she later said she “loved” how Behar looked.

The show ran a photo of Behar in the outfit, causing Symoné to audibly gasp at the image.

“Joy, are you my auntie, Joy?
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ABC Rebrands ‘Gma Day’ as ‘Strahan & Sara’

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ABC News has rebranded its afternoon version of “Good Morning America,” previously known as “Gma Day,” to “Strahan & Sara.” Yes, already.

Gma Day,” an extension of the ABC morning talk show, launched in September. Now named after its hosts, Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, “Strahan & Sara” airs at 1 p.m. on ABC.

The new title and set debuts today, a person with knowledge of the update told TheWrap.

Also Read: TV Pilot Season 2019: TheWrap's Complete Guide

The afternoon program was originally intended to act like a third hour of “Good Morning America” — just a bit removed from those hours (and the “morning” part in general). “Gma Day” took over for “The Chew,” which was canceled while facing a whole host of issues, including sexual misconduct accusations against one of its hosts, Mario Batali.

Unfortunately, “Gma Day”/”Strahan & Sara” has yet to surpass even the modest Nielsen TV ratings the
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'Smilf' Creator Frankie Shaw Addresses Misconduct Claims on 'Today'

'Smilf' Creator Frankie Shaw Addresses Misconduct Claims on 'Today'
Smilf creator and star Frankie Shaw on Wednesday addressed claims that she inappropriately handled the filming of sex scenes for her Showtime comedy. The actress, who also serves as showrunner, shared her take on the claims during an appearance on NBC's Today show.

"This is my first time doing this job," she told Today's Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. "We moved fast, and I was learning on the go. I'm just really grateful that I can take these lessons and be more of an aware and attuned showrunner moving forward."

As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively ...
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Stars Perform At Fifth Annual Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig

As seen on NBC’s Today, country music star, and Grand Ole Opry veteran Tim Atwood was recently reunited onstage with fifty-one year Grand Ole Opry member, and country music icon, Jeannie Seely.

Charlie McCoy, Tim Atwood, Matt Baugher, Julie Roberts, Paul Allen Coons, Jeannie Seely, Kathie Lee Gifford and Sarah Martin

Credit/Copyright: Jeremy Westby

Atwood & Seely – who’ve accompanied each other many times over the years on the Grand Ole Opry stage – performed a duet of Bill Gaither’s gospel classic “There’s Something About That Name” at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena for the Fifth Annual ‘Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig.’

Atwood also sang his latest single, “I’ll Stand Up & Say So” from his latest album, Livin’ The Dream.

The special event was established to honor Nashville senior citizens by George Shinn and The George Shinn Foundation as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors.
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Jerry Seinfeld Says Kevin Hart ‘Is Going to Be Fine’ After Oscars Fallout (Video)

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Jerry Seinfeld Says Kevin Hart ‘Is Going to Be Fine’ After Oscars Fallout (Video)
Jerry Seinfeld says he believes Kevin Hart’s career will “be fine” following the fallout from Hart’s announcement and subsequent departure as the host of the Oscars, believing that it was the Academy that ultimately “got screwed” in the process.

Speaking with Willie Geist on “Today,” Seinfeld addressed the culture that surrounds modern comedians as they navigate social media and public reaction both on stage and off.

“Kevin is in a position because he’s a brilliant comedian to kind of decide what he wants to do,” Seinfeld said. “He doesn’t have to step down, but he can. And when you look at that situation, who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin is going to be fine. But find another Kevin Hart? He’s a brilliant guy with a movie career.”

Also Read: A Hostless Oscars? The Last Time the Academy Tried That, Things Got Ugly
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit ‘Today’ Show

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Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit ‘Today’ Show
Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving the “Today” show after over a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning staple. Her exit was announced to staff Tuesday via a memo from NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share the news Kathie Lee Gifford has decided it’s time to leave ‘Today,'” the NBC News chief wrote. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us 11 extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors.”

He continued: “When we first launched this incredible hour, no one could have predicted the lightning in a bottle that is Hoda & Kathie Lee. Whether in studio or on one of their many road trips, they have delighted our audience with their distinct brand of fun, friendship and adventure.
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’

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Kathie Lee Gifford to Leave NBC’s ‘Today’
Kathie Lee Gifford will leave “Today” after more than a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning franchise.

Gifford wants to spend more time focused on a variety of media projects, and said during Monday’s broadcast that her decision was “bittersweet, as these things are.” She expects to stay with the program through April 7th of next year – her 11th anniversary co-hosting the hour with Hoda Kotb.

“It’s an exciting time for me, and I’m thrilled about all the projects that are coming up, but it’s also hard,” Gifford said on “Today” this morning.

The announcement puts another hour of “Today” in transition. NBC News recently retooled the third hour of “Today” after canceling Megyn Kelly’s tenure on the program. Many of the show’s anchors and personalities are already turning up to host at 9 a.m., including Craig Melvin, Jenna Bush Hager,
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Kathie Lee Gifford Stepping Away From ‘Today’

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Kathie Lee Gifford Stepping Away From ‘Today’
NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim announced this morning that Kathie Lee Gifford has decided to exit Today show, where she has hosted the final hour of the four-hour franchise since 2008. Kathie Lee made it official to viewers during the broadcast.

Today celebrity correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, who returned to work Monday after taking a week off to mourn the death of her grandfather President George H.W. Bush and who often shows up on Hour 4, is odds-on fave to replace Kathie Lee, though Hager already is doing heavy lifting on the Today hour recently vacated by Megyn Kelly.

But Gifford, while paying homage to her “beautiful Egyptian goddess” co-host Hoda Kotb during this morning’s traditional “bittersweet” on-air exit announcement, said only “I know somebody wonderful will be sitting in this seat afterwards” adding, “I have my idea of who might be absolutely wonderful – but there is a great pool
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Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit NBC's 'Today' Next Year

Kathie Lee Gifford to Exit NBC's 'Today' Next Year
Kathie Lee Gifford will leave Today after more than 10 years co-hosting the fourth hour of the NBC morning show, the latest upheaval in a broader restructuring of the show following the cancellation of Megyn Kelly Today in late October.

NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim made the announcement Tuesday morning in a memo to staff, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Kathie Lee is generously staying with us through the show’s next anniversary, April 7, 2019. We will have much more to share before then about our plans for that hour, which will, of course, continue to ...
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‘Northern Exposure’ Revival in the Works at CBS

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“Northern Exposure” might be the next series to get the revival treatment, with CBS currently developing the project, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

Original series star Rob Morrow will be reprising his role as Dr. Joel Fleischman for the in-the-works revival, and also executive produce.

An insider says John Corbett, another original “Northern Exposure” star, will be producing, and also return from time-to-time as his character Chris Stevens. No word yet on which other cast members will make a comeback.

Also Read: 'Northern Exposure' Reboot: Cast Tells 'Today' Show 'Something Is in the Works' (Video)

Here’s the official logline for the project: When Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Cicely, Alaska for the funeral of an old friend, he finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series.

Northern Exposure” creator Josh Brand
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Honda Taps the Grinch, Football and ‘Today’ to Drive Sales

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To make use of the famous Grinch, Honda harnessed an ad campaign that looked a lot like the character’s heart – at first blush, two sizes too small; but upon further scrutiny, potentially larger than life.

The automaker’s annual “Happy Honda Days” promotion has been around for more than a decade. To draw attention to it this year, Honda teamed up with NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures and won the rights to use the depiction of the miserly Grinch from current revival of “The Grinch” from the studio and Illumination in its commercials. But rather than spreading out ads featuring the green character for weeks and weeks, Honda has tied him to a campaign that lasts just a few days and runs across both TV and social media – a reflection of the need to use multiple media venues to reach the modern consumer.

“I don’t think there’s any
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Craig Campbell to Sing National Anthem at Wounded Warrior Project 5K

Country star Craig Campbell will sing the national anthem at Carry Forward, delivered by Csx, on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Carry Forward is a 5K fitness challenge and fundraiser designed to help wounded warriors.

The event, organized by Wounded Warrior Project (Wwp), kicks off at 8:30 am on Nov. 10 at Wwp headquarters off Belfort Road in Jacksonville.

Craig’s expressive vocals have earned him a place among country’s notable singers. He has become a regular on the Grand Ole Opry, has appeared on NBC’s “Today,” supported the Uso, and sang “American Anthem” at Macy’s 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.

“It’s an honor for me to make a pause right before Veterans Day to let our men and women in uniform know that we’re thankful for all they do for us and for the sacrifices they make,” said Craig, who’s currently touring the U.S. “It’s
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John Legend, Anika Noni Rose to Perform During This Year's MacY's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A spectacle like no other awaits millionsas the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, America's favorite tradition, kicks-off the holiday season.The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Millions of families will tune in to watch the excitement unfold on Thursday, Nov. 22 as Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC's 'Today' host the broadcast from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones.
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Happy Halloween! Here’s How Daytime TV Dressed up (Photos)

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Happy Halloween! Here’s How Daytime TV Dressed up (Photos)
“Steve”

Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer dressed up in vintage Las Vegas flair, and even the audience dressed up in 1950s garb.

“Rachael Ray Show”

Rachael Ray celebrated Halloween on her show with an 80s themed zombie prom. She’s pictured here with her husband John Cusimano and teen idol Debbie Gibson.

Good Morning America

The Gma squad never disappoints on Halloween with elaborate group costumes. This year, Amy Robach, Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, and Sam Champion donned the garb of classic 80s TV characters.

“Ellen”

Rebel Wilson joined Ellen Degeneres as the volleyball from “Castaway,” and the talk show host dressed up as dental assistant Kelllly D. from New Jersey.

The Price Is Right

Drew Carey got spooky for the game shows’ Halloween special.

The Talk

The CBS hosts celebrated Halloween with its Fourth Annual Rocktober Lip Sync War, and hosts Eve, Sara Gilbert,
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Megyn Kelly Hires Top Hollywood Lawyer, Parts With CAA One Day After ‘Blackface’ Comments

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Megyn Kelly Hires Top Hollywood Lawyer, Parts With CAA One Day After ‘Blackface’ Comments
One day after she defended and then apologized for defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, Megyn Kelly has parted ways with CAA and hired talent litigation lawyer Bryan Freedman.

The powerhouse agency stopped representing Kelly, who hosts the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s “Today,” on Wednesday, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. But no reason was provided.

Reached for comment by TheWrap, Freedman, co-founder of Freedman & Taitelman, confirmed he had been retained by Kelly on Wednesday night. His hiring may indicate that Kelly is headed for a legal conflict with NBC. The news follows reports earlier in the day that she and the network are discussing her exit from the show by the end of the current season.

Adding to the drama, it was also reported late Wednesday night by The Hollywood Reporter that Kelly will not appear on “Today” for the rest of the week.
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Megyn Kelly’s Future on ‘Today’ in Question After ‘Blackface’ Comments

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Megyn Kelly’s Future on ‘Today’ in Question After ‘Blackface’ Comments
Megyn Kelly’s run on daytime could be nearing an end. Kelly has met with NBC executives to discuss the future of “Megyn Kelly Today” in recent weeks, according to a New York Times report.

“Even before this week, the future of Ms. Kelly’s show was up in the air. During a meeting this month, Ms. Kelly and [NBC News Chairman Andy] Lack discussed a possible winding-down of her portion of the ‘Today’ show by the end of the year, according to two people briefed on the conversation. And Ms. Kelly has expressed among friends her dissatisfaction with its top news executives,” the Times reported Wednesday.

Also Read: 'NBC Nightly News' Segment Blasts Network's Own Megyn Kelly for 'Blackface' Remarks

But during a town hall meeting Wednesday with NBC employees, Lack condemned Kelly’s defense of wearing blackface on Halloween to NBC News employees, calling her remarks “unfortunate,
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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)

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Megyn Kelly Defends Wearing ‘Blackface’ on Halloween: ‘When I Was a Kid That Was Ok’ (Video)
Megyn Kelly defended the possible use of blackface on Halloween, saying that she didn’t see the the big deal if a white person wanted to dress up as a black person on the holiday.

“What is racist?” Kelly asked. “You get in trouble if you’re a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid that was Ok as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

In her defense, Kelly cited “Real Housewives” star Luann de Lesseps who darkened her appearance to more accurately portray Diana Ross — she later apologized.

Also Read: Megyn Kelly to Return to NBC Primetime in August

“People said that that was racist,” Kelly continued. “I felt like who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know
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