September 10, 2013 |
Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media. In an interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But he was in a difficult position, he added.
June 26, 2013 |
Did no one pay attention when David Letterman, forced by a blackmailer to make an adulterous affair public, revealed the secret to handling a personal scandal? You show up, own up and shut up. Unfortunately, celebrity chef Paula Deen opted for the Richard Nixon approach Wednesday morning on "Today. " There finally, after bailing last minute last week, the 66-year-old chef was defensive, self-pitying and more than a little paranoid as she tried to explain herself to Matt Lauer in wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.
May 29, 2013 |
Katie Couric revealed this week that the possibility of reuniting with Matt Lauer on "Today" was talked about at one time. Couric, who has her own syndicated talk show, "Katie," appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show on Tuesday and talked about the possibility of she and her former co-anchor getting back together. Stern told Couric that she should step in and straighten out the troubles at "Today," which began with the ousting of co-anchor Ann Curry last summer. Now the once top-rated morning show is trailing ABC's "Good Morning America.
May 24, 2013 |
Thursday evening, viewers of "NBC Nightly News" got a familiar face they haven't seen much of in recent months. Ann Curry, the ousted former co-host of "Today," was the fill-in anchor for Brian Williams . Curry has been largely absent from TV screens since she was fired from her "Today" gig last summer. Though she chose to remain employed by NBC News after the ouster, she's only reported on a handful of stories. Though she was a regular fill-in anchor on "Nightly News" during her time on "Today," Thursday was the first time she's been there since her tearful "Today" departure.
May 21, 2013 |
Deborah Turness, who on Monday was named president of NBC News, will make the rounds at the unit Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with other top network executives as well as key producers and talent. It will probably be the first of many visits for Turness before she officially take the reins of NBC News on Aug. 5. The almost three-month wait for Turness to start was part of the network's agreement with her current employer -- Britain's ITV News. Turness, who is editor of ITV News, will help choose her successor there before relocating to New York.
May 3, 2013 |
If there are two hosts who know just what it's like to be at the center of a public-relations storm, it's Matt Lauer and Jay Leno. Although both personalities have seen their once-sterling reputations take a beating in recent years , they've handled their situations quite differently, with Leno repeatedly using his monologue to bash executives at beleaguered NBC, and Lauer mostly turning the ridicule on himself . In a chat Thursday...