The Today Show
How many times can one person be banned from a single TV show? Kathy Griffin must be setting some sort of record trying to find out. According to USA Today, Griffin revealed she has been banned from The Today Show yet again, but this time by Natalie Morales. Griffin bumped into Morales at a Golden Globes after party. Apparently, Morales felt Griffin was rude to her and had her banned from appearing on Today. According to Griffin,
What I heard from their team is that I was rude to her at the Golden Globes. Which is funny because I didn't go to the Golden Globes. But I did go to Golden Globes parties which I didn't really belong at, so I know for a fact that I did a few interviews there, but I really knew that it wasn't my place to even be there." Griffin says she doesn't remember seeing Morales at the Globes parties, or turning down an interview request.
Having Griffin banned from Today seems to be almost a rite of passage for members of the show’s team. Reportedly, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer each had Griffin banned at different times.
Former All My Children star turned talk show host Kelly Ripa is among the daytime celebrities included in The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media. In THR’s profile, Ripa discusses the ongoing search to replace Regis Philbin as her co-host.
But even amid talk of firming up the chair, Ripa says there’s “no urgency” to finding a permanent replacement and notes the show’s steady performance since Philbin’s exit. (It recently matched its February 2011 sweep rating of a 2.7 in households and is now the top syndicated talker among the coveted women 25-to-54 demo.) READ MORE
The Today Show may be celebrating fending off former anchor Katie Couric in the Nielsens, during Couric's recent stint on ABC's Good Morning America, but now the morning show has a new foe — fellow NBC'er Alec Baldwin! In a series of tweets, the 30 Rock star accused Today of "stalking" him in wake of his latest scandal, involving Genevieve Sabourin, a woman Baldwin has also accused of stalking him!
This past Monday, Sabourin, a Canadian actress, was arrested on suspicion of stalking. This was after Sabourin had reportedly shown up at Baldwin's apartment in New York City. Prior to that, the woman had allegedly appeared at Baldwin's holiday retreat in the Hamptons.
Baldwin, who recently became engaged to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, admitted to knowing Sabourin, having met her on a movie set some 10 years earlier and having reportedly dined with her. Today's camera crew was reportedly outside Baldwin's apartment to cover the growing story. Check out Baldwin's tweets—including one where he says he's leaving NBC—after the jump!
Not even the perkiness of Katie Couric could help ABC's Good Morning America topple NBC's juggernaut Today in the Nielsens. While GMA, did manage to beat Today last Wednesday in total viewers, Couric's former morning chat hub still bested GMA in demos. For the week, Today averaged 5.1 million to GMA's 4.9 million. READ MORE
A little item from Matt Lauer's new $100 million deal to remain with NBC's Today could give fans of NBC's lone soap, Days of Our Lives, pause for concern. Lauer's new pact, which includes a development deal that would afford Lauer a stake in a syndicated show, could see the popular "Today's Professionals" segment being spun off as either a syndicated series or a fifth hour of Today, reports TV Guide. READ MORE
As the morning show war heats up between The Today Show, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America, executives at NBC are probably breathing a bit easier now that Matt Lauer has signed a long-term deal to stay at Today. According to The New York Times,
“Matt always said he would only continue if he could be all-in,” he said. “The all-in factor was really key. This is demanding job with a demanding schedule. For him it was a question of lifestyle. As his family is getting older he wants to be able to spend more time with them.”
While the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, sources have told Newsday that Lauer will receive an estimated $25 million per year.