September 11th was Tuesday, which most people remembered, what with “Never Forget” being the slogan for the annual commemoration of those who lost their lives or loved ones when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers 11 years ago. NBC might have forgotten the date, however. At least we assumed that’s what happened when it booked Kris Jenner to talk about reality television and filming her daughter’s fake-boob upgrade on Today, making it the only major network out of the Big Three that didn’t air footage from the Pentagon and Ground Zero to honor the Moment of Silence. We were willing to give NBC the benefit of the doubt, something that the network’s President Bill Capus obviously didn’t want.
While every other major network today chose to interrupt its normal programming in order to cut to the president observing the annual moment of silence for the fallen heroes and victims of September 11th at Ground Zero and the Pentagon, NBC decided to go an alternate route … by skipping the matter entirely and having Today interview Kris Jenner about breast implants.
Who would have thought Al Roker had a snarky side? During Today’s segment this morning on the Olympic women’s rowing team, the usually jolly Mr. Roker made a thinly veiled dig at Matt Lauer for not standing by their co-star Ann Curry when she was abruptly fired in June.
Savannah Guthrie started her new job as co-anchor of Today this morning. Previously the show’s 9 a.m. co-anchor and legal correspondent, Ms. Guthrie replaced fifteen-year Today vet Ann Curry, who was fired due to low ratings. Ms. Curry left NBC’s morning show with a teary goodbye and a reported $10 m. buyout, but will continue to serve as a foreign correspondent and anchor-at-large.
That was fast! Just a day after Ann Curry took her final bows, Savannah Guthrie, host of Today‘s third hour, has been named the show’s co-anchor. Ms. Guthrie is NBC’s chief legal correspondent, a role in which she will remain.
Well, this is awkward. Ann Curry’s on the cover of the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. It doesn’t hit newsstands til July 10 but today the magazine’s website published some quotes in which Ms. Curry—who is being moved out of the co-host chair at NBC’s Today—talks about how much she loves her job.
“I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”
Today host Ann Curry has hired attorney Robert Barnett to represent her in negotiations with NBC as the network transitions her to a new job within the company, reports The New York Times.
Morning show watchers think Ms. Curry and her recently re-upped co-host Matt Lauer’s lack of chemistry has contributed to the longtime front-runner Read More
HUSTLE AND FLOW (AND PARENTING)
If you thought the tale of Anna Gristina—the soccer mom accused of being the ruthless leader of a prostitution ring catering to wealthy, powerful clients that’s supposedly corrupted New York City’s most ostensibly incorruptible people (like the D.A.’s office)—was just a New York story, you were wrong. Matt Lauer interviewed her from Rikers Island for this morning’s Today show. Notable moments:
Last week we had Patricia Krentcil, the Tan Mom. This week, thanks to Time magazine’s salacious new cover, the deep-fried New Jersey mother has been pushed aside for Jamie Lynne Grumet, the Breastfeeding Blogger Mom. The 26-year-old was breastfed by her own mother until she was six, and she’s paying it forward by keeping her 3-year-old son on the teat.
Since everyone and their mother seems to have a very vocal opinion on this matter (and the side matter of whether the act of breastfeeding–which is fine in the privacy of your own home where its between you and God–should be the salacious cover of a reputable magazine), the mommy blogger went on Today this morning to explain (once again) how controversial her decision to pose for Time was.
Onetime queen of the morning Katie Couric is reclaiming her throne–for one short week. She’ll be guest-hosting Good Morning America for the week beginning April 2, as part of her new utility-player duties at ABC in the leadup to her new chat show, Katie, in the fall.
This comes at a pivotal time for Read More