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Today Show Executive Producer Don Nash Leaves After 30 Years, Libby Leist Named Successor

There’s been another shakeup at the Today show.

Longtime executive producer Don Nash is stepping down to focus on his family, and NBC has promoted senior producer Libby Leist to the position, the network announced Wednesday morning.

The staffing change comes two weeks after Hoda Kotb became Savannah Guthrie‘s official co-anchor, replacing Matt Lauer, who was fired Nov. 29 for allegedly inappropriate sexual behavior. (Multiple sources describe the cause for termination as an affair that violated NBC’s terms of employment, but in the wake of the news, allegations that included lewd behavior and sexual assault also surfaced.)

“The
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Ann Curry Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: ‘Verbal Sexual Harassment Was Pervasive’ at NBC News

Ann Curry Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer: ‘Verbal Sexual Harassment Was Pervasive’ at NBC News
Ann Curry has broken her silence on Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment allegations in her first televised interview since leaving “Today” in 2015. The journalist appeared on “CBS This Morning” to promote her new series “We’ll Meet Again” and was asked about Lauer’s removal from “Today,” to which Curry said she was not surprised to hear about the allegations.

Read More:Katie Couric Admits She Felt ‘Borderline Bullied’ Into Having To Make A Statement on Matt Lauer’s ‘Today’ Exit

“I’m trying not to hurt people,” Curry said. “I know what its like to be publicly humiliated…and I don’t want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else. But because you’re asking me a very direct question: I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment [at ‘Today’] that existed. I’d think it would be
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Jane Fonda Jokes About Awkward Megyn Kelly Interview in Latest 'Today' Appearance

Jane Fonda proved that she has not forgotten about her awkward interview last fall with Megyn Kelly, in which the anchor asked her about plastic surgery, taking a subtle jab at Kelly during her latest appearance on NBC's Today show on Tuesday.

Fonda was on hand during the 7-9 a.m. block to discuss Netflix series Grace and Frankie with her co-star Lily Tomlin. During the lively interview, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie asked the co-stars how long they’ve known each other. “Fifty years, a long time,” Fonda answered. Tomlin quipped, “I think before your first face-lift.”

Fonda then shot back at...
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Matt Damon Wishes He ‘Listened A Lot More’ Before Talking About Sexual Harassment: ‘I Am Really Sorry’

Matt Damon Wishes He ‘Listened A Lot More’ Before Talking About Sexual Harassment: ‘I Am Really Sorry’
Matt Damon is apologizing for unpopular opinions he made about sexual harassment during the fall and winter while he was promoting his films “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing.” The actor was being interviewed on Today to promote his Water.org Super Bowl commercial when the conversation pivoted to Damon’s controversial remarks.

Read More:Matt Damon on Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken: Not All Sexual Misconduct ‘Belongs in the Same Category’

“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon admitted. “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry. A lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change…but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.
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Jane Fonda Hits Back at Lily Tomlin for Facelift Joke: ‘Who Are You, Megyn Kelly?’ (Video)

Jane Fonda Hits Back at Lily Tomlin for Facelift Joke: ‘Who Are You, Megyn Kelly?’ (Video)
Jane Fonda jumped on the opportunity to take a shot at Megyn Kelly on the “Today” show Tuesday morning after her co-star joked about plastic surgery. Fonda and her “Grace and Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin spoke with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie about the fourth season of their Netflix comedy, and spoke about their 50-year friendship. “I knew you before your first face-lift,” Tomlin joked. Before changing the subject, Fonda snapped back, “Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” to uproarious laughter from the “Today” hosts and crew in the background. Also Read: Jane Fonda Says Megyn Kelly's Plastic Surgery Question Was 'Wrong Time...
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Katie Couric on Building 'Empathy' and 'Understanding' with New Documentary Series

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Katie Couric on Building 'Empathy' and 'Understanding' with New Documentary Series
Katie Couric isn’t just reporting the news of the moment anymore — with her new series on National Geographic, the veteran journalist will be taking deep dives into issues affecting the nation.

After working on the February 2017 documentary Gender Revolution for Nat Geo — in which Couric spoke with scientists, psychologists, families and more about the complex issue of gender identity — she discovered the importance of addressing divisive themes.

“I really enjoyed the process of taking a mammoth issue and trying to unpack it and trying to understand it better and going on a journey of learning, really, and of understanding,
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Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing from the Today Show

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Katie Couric Opens Up About Matt Lauer's Firing from the Today Show
More than a month has passed since Matt Lauer was fired from the Today show, and his former longtime colleague, Katie Couric, is now opening up about the former NBC anchor’s shocking dismissal.

“The whole thing has been very painful for me,” Couric, 61, tells People. “The accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment.

“I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left,” she continued. “I think I speak for many of
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Meet Hoda Kotb And Kathie Lee Gifford At The Today Show

Here is your chance to meet Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford at the Today Show!

Now up for auction on Charitybuzz.com, you and up to three guests will be treated to a meet-and-greet with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford (plus a photo op!), and enjoy a behind-the-scenes viewing of the 4th Hour of the Today Show.

The winning bid for this experience will benefit the Chris Evert Charities, providing prevention and intervention to eliminate drug abuse and child neglect.

To learn more and bid on this fun, memorable opportunity, click here by January 18!

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Ashley Wagner Doesn't Regret "Furious" Reaction to Not Making Olympic Team

Ashley Wagner has no regrets about her initial reaction to not qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Last week, the three-time national champion and 2016 world silver medalist finished in fourth place at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which means she will not represent the United States at the 2018 Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. She later said she was "absolutely furious" at the judges' scoring but is "going home proud." Many criticized her over her comments. "No, I mean, what you see if what you get with me," Wagner said on NBC's Today show on Wednesday, when asked if she regrets her reaction. "I pride myself on being honest and...
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'Today' Show Staff Not Upset Over Loss of Matt Lauer, Source Says (Exclusive)

'Today' Show Staff Not Upset Over Loss of Matt Lauer, Source Says (Exclusive)
Today show staffers are definitely embracing Hoda Kotb's replacement of Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the popular morning show, an NBC source tells Et.

On Tuesday, it was officially announced that Kotb is taking over Lauer's former position alongside Savannah Guthrie, after he was abruptly fired in November for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." The source tells Et that the staff at the show isn’t upset over losing Lauer, and in fact, is now feeling "energized."

“The staff knew they had no choice but to respect Matt. He was at the top. He was intimidating,” the source notes. “People aren’t intimidated by Hoda. She is very well liked. Her personality is the opposite of Matt’s. She’s warm. Matt would say good morning and hello to people in passing, but most read it as cold. Hoda will give anyone the time of day.”

“People at the show and the network are genuinely
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‘Black Mirror': We Asked a Digital Dating Expert to Review ‘Hang the DJ’

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‘Black Mirror': We Asked a Digital Dating Expert to Review ‘Hang the DJ’
Black Mirror” isn’t known for its optimism, but digital dating expert Francesca Hogi says the episode “Hang the DJ” contains a hopeful message for the lovelorn: “Even in online dating hell, soulmates still exist.” TheWrap asked Hogi for insights into “Hang the DJ,” which focuses on two singles using a futuristic matchmaking program called The System. Hogi, a love and life coach and co-founder of an upcoming dating platform called Sonar, seemed like the perfect person to look into Netflix’s deep dark truthful mirror: She’s a frequent expert on NBC’s “Today” and former film producer and lawyer (seriously,
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Why ‘Today’ Looks Even Stronger Since Hoda Kotb Replaced Matt Lauer

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Why ‘Today’ Looks Even Stronger Since Hoda Kotb Replaced Matt Lauer
There’s a good reason Hoda Kotb looks so comfortable in Matt Lauer’s former “Today” show chair: she’s a lot better-liked than he was, according to the main metric networks use to gauge the popularity of their stars. Kotb was named as Lauer’s replacement on Tuesday, just over a month after NBC fired him over sexual misconduct accusations. Everyone seems pretty stoked about the team of Kotb and Savannah Guthrie — and with good reason. According to the Q Scores Company, Kotb’s most-recent (September 2017) Positive Q Score was a 16, and her Familiarity rating among adults is currently at 30 percent.
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Hoda Kotb on How She Plans to Balance Her 'Today' Show Duties (Exclusive)

Hoda Kotb on How She Plans to Balance Her 'Today' Show Duties (Exclusive)
Hoda Kotb is adding even more duties to her already full plate -- but she's not worried.

Just moments after it was revealed that the 53-year-old TV personality would be replacing Matt Lauer as Savannah Guthrie's co-anchor on the first two hours of the Today show, the women chatted with Et about this "natural" transition and how Kotb feels about heading up three hours of the four-hour morning show.

"Today didn't feel like the first day of school. I mean in a great way," Kotb says of her first day as the permanent co-anchor of Today. "It just felt like it was meant to be like this."

Kotb recalls that when she was offered the role, she felt no urge to "tap the breaks at all" on taking the job. Meanwhile, Guthrie says Kotb always had her vote.

"She stepped up right in and said 'yes.' I think we are just so profoundly lucky to have each
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Hoda Kotb Celebrates New 'Today' Show Co-Anchor Job With Megyn Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford

Hoda Kotb Celebrates New 'Today' Show Co-Anchor Job With Megyn Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford
Hoda Kotb has the full support of her Today show family after it was announced on Tuesday that she would be replacing Matt Lauer as Savannah Guthrie's co-anchor on the first two hours of the morning show.

Kotb will still be co-hosting the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford, who could not be more excited for her longtime TV partner in crime. Gifford joined Kotb, Guthrie, Carson Daly, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager at the Today table and gushed over her friend's new job.

"It could not happen to a sweeter, better, more beloved person," she said.

“It could not happen to a sweeter, better, more beloved person.”-@KathieLGifford congratulates @HodaKotbpic.twitter.com/Iw4wmHbOAa

— Today (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2018

Megyn Kelly, who hosts the third hour of Today, was also eager to congratulate Kotb in person and even braved the cold weather while standing out front of 30 Rock in New York City. "You
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Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer as 'Today' Show Co-Anchor With Savannah Guthrie

Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer as 'Today' Show Co-Anchor With Savannah Guthrie
Get ready for three full hours of Hoda Kotb!

On Tuesday, the Today show announced that Kotb has been named Savannah Guthrie's official co-anchor on the first two hours of the morning show, and will also continue to co-host the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

"It’s 2018 and we are kicking off the year right because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today," Guthrie excitedly announced. "This has to be the most popular decision NBC News have ever made and I’m so thrilled."

After the new opening was played once again, Kotb quipped that her name was "pronounced right and everything."

"I’m pinching myself," the 53-year-old TV personality exclaimed.

Further praising Kotb, Guthrie added, "You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this."

.@SavannahGuthrie announces @HodaKotb will be co-anchor of Today. #SavannahHodaTODAYpic.twitter.com/B64n2FmCwq

— Today (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2018

Kotb has been with
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Hoda Kotb Named Matt Lauer’s Permanent ‘Today’ Replacement

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Hoda Kotb Named Matt Lauer’s Permanent ‘Today’ Replacement
Hoda Kotb has been named Matt Lauer’s permanent “Today” show replacement, and will co-anchor the 7-9 a.m. hours with Savannah Guthrie. Though the new pair have been working together each day since the late-November Lauer firing, NBC News chairman Andy Lack made this morning its official debut. Watch their start via the video above. But don’t lock the white wine fridge just yet: Kotb will continue to co-host the fourth hour of the program with Kathie Lee Gifford at 10. And of course, weatherman Al Roker and Orange Room host Carson Daly are still there to assist Guthrie and her new.
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Morning Show Mayhem: The Shocking Allegations That Led to the Firing of TV Titan Matt Lauer

Morning Show Mayhem: The Shocking Allegations That Led to the Firing of TV Titan Matt Lauer
The sexual assault allegations leveled against Matt Lauer rocked the “Today” show newsroom when they came to light in November

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Mindy Kaling Gives Birth! Why She Was Always Destined for Motherhood

It was written in the stars... On Tuesday, E! News exclusively learned that Mindy Kaling welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Katherine Kaling, on Dec. 15. Back in July, E! News broke the news that the Mindy Project star was pregnant with her first child and that it was "an unexpected surprise."  In September, she broke her silence about her pregnancy, saying on NBC's Today show that she was "really excited" to become a mom. "I'd like to be the fun mom, I know I'm gonna be the dorky mom," she added. "So if I can be kind of fun too, I think that would be nice." Kaling, who is notoriously...
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Mindy Kaling Gives Birth to First Child, Welcomes Daughter Katherine Kaling

Mindy Kaling Gives Birth to First Child, Welcomes Daughter Katherine Kaling
Congrats to Mindy Kaling! E! News has exclusively learned that the 38-year-old actress welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Katherine Kaling on Dec. 15. Back in July, E! News learned that Kaling was pregnant with her first child and that it was "an unexpected surprise." She broke her silence about her pregnancy the following month, saying on NBC's Today show that she is "really excited" to become a mom. "I'd like to be the fun mom, I know I'm gonna be the dorky mom," she added. "So if I can be kind of fun too, I think that would be nice." Kaling, who is notoriously private, has not revealed the...
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John Legend to Star in NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Live Musical

John Legend has been cast in the title role in NBC's next live musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, it was announced Tuesday on NBC's Today show.

Legend is an Oscar, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner, who also joins the team of executive producers for the musical, officially titled Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!

“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring...
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