Just how many new shows can Anderson Cooper do? According to Deadline, the journalist and Kathy Griffin filmed a pilot for CNN. The website is also reporting NBC approached Cooper to replace Today's embattled Matt Lauer.
I hear NBC toppers recently reached out to CNN’s Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on the show before the end of the year. After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC reached out to Lauer to get his blessing about the changeover. But I heard they got pushback from the Today veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval. I also hear that call caught Cooper by surprise, as he had assumed Lauer had been brought on board before NBC began making overtures.
Celebrity Apprentice and former Days of Our Lives star Lisa Rinna joined Hoda Kotb as a guest host on the fourth hour of Today on Monday. While the conversation wasn’t as hilarious as Hello Kitty grooming, the duo dished Sunday’s installment of Celebrity Apprentice and Rinna’s lips. Rinna credited her career to her legendary smackers.
"I never had a career before I had the lips. So my lips have had their own career! Without my lips, I would have had a different career, and that probably would have been a nice career."
Watch the clip after the jump!
Ann Curry’s ouster from Today left many viewers with ill feellings toward the long-running morning show. No one has felt the brunt of fan backlash more than Matt Lauer. The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz recently spoke with the morning show frontman, who finally gave his side of the story.
Lauer on Curry’s exit,
“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that,” says Lauer.
“It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well.”
Has NBC barred former Today Show host Ann Curry from airing live interviews on the peacock network? According to the New York Post, the network has.
But although she’s been filing reports for NBC News programs including “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” sources said she’s been barred from doing live interviews.
The source continued, “Ann keeps bringing live interviews to the table. She has great relationships with celebrities” — including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — “who will only sit down with her.”
It looks like the ratings race between NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America is getting a bit more interesting. According to the Wall Street Journal, GMA “moved to within a daily average of 397,000 viewers of Today” during premiere week in September. In its coverage of the WSJ’s article, The Hollywood Reporter reveals Today’s average lead over GMA shrank to just 270,000 viewers last week. However, it isn’t all bad news for NBC's money maker. Reportedly, “it continues to dominate among the core viewers aged 25 to 54 years.”