February 28, 1989
"Today" show co-host Bryant Gumbel complained in an in-house memo that weatherman Willard Scott's antics are in "bad taste" and that Gene Shalit's film reviews are often late, a newspaper reported today. Almost no one associated with television's No. 1 morning news show escaped reproach except co-anchor Jane Pauley, who is not mentioned in the memo to Marty Ryan, executive producer of the NBC program, New York Newsday said.
April 28, 1991
There was never any problem with Deborah Norville. The real national hardship is Bryant Gumbel, whose legendary arrogance and transparent political bias are enough to ruin anybody's morning. We want Willard Scott, we want Willard Scott. Robert Curlender, Pasadena
September 4, 1990
"Today" co-host Deborah Norville told viewers today that she's pregnant and her baby is due March 6. Norville, who in January became Bryant Gumbel's co-host on the NBC show, is married to art dealer Karl Wellner. Norville, 32, didn't say how long she planned to continue working, or how much time she might take off after her child is born. Weatherman Willard Scott greeted the news by singing a lullaby and saying, "March 6--do you know what famous American has a birthday on March 7?"
September 4, 1992 |
Just Dial WILLARD: NBC News is getting into the weather information business. Starting Tuesday, NBC's Weatherline will provide daily 24-hour global weather information to callers who dial (900) WILLARD (named for "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott). Calls cost 95 cents a minute and average two minutes. NBC will donate its proceeds to charity.
March 3, 1989 |
USA Today readers love "Today" weatherman Willard Scott, who found himself in the eye of a storm this week after a blustery private memo written by the show's co-host Bryant Gumbel surfaced, charging that Scott is "killing" the program with "whims, wishes, birthdays and bad taste." In a hot-line poll printed Thursday, the newspaper reported that 27,300 think Scott is a plus to the show, while only 854 said he's a minus.
March 11, 1989
An NBC executive has vowed to fire whoever leaked Gumbel's memo ("The Gumbel Rumble: His Memo Irks Cast, Crew of 'Today' Show," March 1). Isn't this the same NBC that calls the White House repressive when it hunts for leakers? Of course, the White House is dealing only with national security--nothing compared to the reputations of David Horowitz, Gene Shalit and Willard Scott. DAVID KOLPACOFF El Cajon