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Shepard Smith Praised by Sean Hannity, Al Roker and More on Surprise Fox News Exit: ‘Best Anchor They Have’

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Shepard Smith Praised by Sean Hannity, Al Roker and More on Surprise Fox News Exit: ‘Best Anchor They Have’
Al Roker, Kathy Griffin and Sean Hannity were among the news personalities and stars tweeting reactions Friday to the surprise news that Shepard Smith is stepping down from his post as chief news anchor at Fox News.

Smith, a known critic of President Trump who has been with the network since its launch, was trending on Twitter Friday, as fellow members of the media, politics and Hollywood actors weighed in on his sudden departure.

“He was the best anchor they have,” said Roker of NBC’s “Today” show.

Also Read: Shepard Smith, Fox News Anchor and Trump Critic, Steps Down

“I’ve always said there is nobody better at breaking news than Shep Smith. He has always done great things and I know he will continue to do so. Looking forward to seeing Shep crush it in whatever he does next,” said Hannity, a Fox News host.

Griffin was among
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From Bret Baier to Rachel Maddow, News Anchors Carry More Weight in Late-Night

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CNN’s Don Lemon recently delivered some amusing quips about bickering with his mother; his looming bachelor party; and his colleague Chris Cuomo’s diet.

He wasn’t holding forth on CNN.

Lemon, like so many other prominent news anchors, found himself in conversation with one of TV’s many late-night hosts. Lemon had paid a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and is among the throng of TV journalists filling what seems to be a new demand at programs that once catered mainly to movie stars. comedians and offbeat animal trainers.

TV anchors “have certainly become more prominent” in late-night guest lineups, says Rick Ludwin, a former head of late-night at NBC whose oversight included Johnny Carson and David Letterman. In an era when news programming is some of the most watched on traditional television and when the erratic movements of the Trump administration spark smartphone alerts throughout the day,
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Zombieland: Double Tap Gets a Red-Band "More Than The F Bomb" Trailer

We’ve got a new red-band trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap that fans are sure to enjoy as it features some amusing one-liners and more new footage of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone killing zombies.

There’s also a fun little clip in the trailer that features Bill Murray being interviewed by Al Roker. I’m not quite sure how this will actually fit in with the movie and its story, but we’ll find out!

Other new additions to the cast include Rosario Dawson, Avan Jogia, Luke Wilson, and Thomas Middleditch. Here’s the synopsis that was released:

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham,
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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Red Band Trailer Brings Bill Murray Back From the Dead (Video)

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Red Band Trailer Brings Bill Murray Back From the Dead (Video)
You may recall that Bill Murray died (spoiler alert!) during his scene in the original “Zombieland,” shot in the chest with a shotgun by Jesse Eisenberg after he pretended to be a zombie in what capped off one of the more memorable movie cameos of the last decade.

But he’s back from the dead in the latest trailer for “Zombieland: Double Tap,” a Red Band teaser before the film opens on Oct. 18. But rather than show back up as a zombie, there’s an odd, meta moment with Murray giving an interview to Al Roker as to why he chose to star in the original “Zombieland.”

“What made you do it? And, don’t say the script,” Roker says. “Can we keep this between us? Drugs cost money,” Murray responds candidly.

Also Read: Emma Stone Wants to Make Another 'Zombieland' in 2029

He’s just one of several
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CBS Teams With Al Roker Entertainment On Musial Awards For Sportsmanship

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Exclusive: CBS and Al Roker Entertainment are teaming for a broadcast of the Musial Awards for sportsmanship.

The awards will be handed out by the National Sportsmanship Foundation on November 23 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis and that live show will be packaged into a one-hour special. CBS will air it on Saturday, December 21, at 2Pm and it will also have multiple airings on CBS Sports Network.

Presented by Maryville University, the Musial Awards are named for baseball great Stan “The Man” Musial, who played 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to his Hall of Fame statistics, Musial became known for his sportsmanship and civic acts. The awards started in 2005, nearly eight years before Musial died at age 92.

This year’s recipients will be announced later this month. Past honorees have included golfer Arnold Palmer; Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Cal Ripken Jr.; Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington and More: ‘One of the All-Time Greats’

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Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington and More:  ‘One of the All-Time Greats’
Sidney Poitier, Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington, and other celebrities are remembering Diahann Carroll, the groundbreaking star of stage and screen after her daughter announced her death after a long battle with cancer Friday. The “Julia” and “Dynasty” star was the first African American woman to star in a non-servant role in a network television series. She was 84.

In a statement, Sidney Poitier — who co-starred with Carroll in “Paris Blues” — described her as a “talented, beautiful and courageous spirit from which a remarkable and lasting friendship prevailed through the years.”

DuVernay, who directed the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” shared her admiration for Carroll in a tweet Friday.

“Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life.
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‘The Daily Show’ Imagines If Al Roker Were the Joker in ‘Roker’ (Video)

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‘The Daily Show’ Imagines If Al Roker Were the Joker in ‘Roker’ (Video)
On Wednesday, “The Daily Show” ribbed Warner Bros.’ upcoming supervillain origin story “Joker” with a fake trailer for a movie that answers the unasked question, “What if NBC’s Al Roker was the Joker?”

The clip for “Roker” intersperses footage of some of the “Today” weather forecaster’s wackier on-air moments with scenes (and the soundtrack) from the “Joker” trailer. Hear — and occasionally see — the grimdark aesthetic of the film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, as Roker gesticulates madly, appears to freak out over the weather and essentially paints a chilling portrait of a man driven to the brink… of uh, weather prediction.

It’s pretty funny stuff, certainly funnier than the extremely (and intentionally) unsettling “Joker.” Watch the whole clip above.

Also Read: Lilly Singh Becomes the 'Most Terrifying' Version of The Joker Yet - a Lady (Video)

Meanwhile, “Joker” hits theaters this weekend. Written by
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Al Roker Reveals His ‘Man Crush’ on Craig Melvin

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For Variety’s latest issue, we asked Al Roker to write a tribute to Craig Melvin, one of 50 people to make our New Power of New York list. For the full list, click here.

I’m just going to come right out and say this. I have a man crush on Craig Melvin, and I don’t care who knows it.

How can you not love this guy? He’s a young Southerner who was raised by a mom who was a teacher and a dad who worked shifts at the post office in South Carolina. I love that even though he is so young, he has made his success the old-fashioned way: through hard work, coming up through local news in South Carolina, winning Emmy Awards, becoming an honored anchorman. Then at the NBC station in Washington, D.C., he not only distinguished himself with his journalistic chops — he multitasked by meeting,
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Suddenly, TV News Is Warming Up to Climate Change

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More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.

Bill Weir, then an ABC News correspondent who provided a report for the special from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thought it marked the start of a real focus by TV-news outlets on the challenges of climate change. He was wrong.

“The recession and Obamacare came,” said Weir, who is now CNN’s chief climate correspondent. “We had the rug pulled out from under us, those
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie on Days of our Lives.

1996: Days' John & Kristen learned she had lost their baby.

2001: As the World Turns' Carly was rescued from quicksand.

2009: One Life to Live's Clint refused to be on reality television."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Simmons in Days of our Lives. In the episode, amnesiac Mickey Horton (John Clarke) stumbled onto Maggie's farm. Rogers, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1979 for her work on Days. She is the longest running cast member
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Tamron Hall Promo Revisits Today Past: 'They Took Away Her Dream Job'

The first promo for Tamron Hall‘s eponymous daytime talk show finds the former Today cohost on a mission to tell everyone’s story — but not before revisiting her own life’s journey.

In the very first promo, Hall makes her way toward the set, as a series of non-diegetic sound bites summarize everything that led to this moment, including that time they “took away her dream job.” It’s a not-so-veiled reference to her abrupt NBC News departure back in 2017. She left after 10 years without so much as an on-air goodbye, after rumors began swirling that NBC was cutting
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Happy Birthday, Hoda Kotb! Look Back at the Today Host's Cutest Moments With Her Kids!

Happy Birthday, Hoda Kotb! Look Back at the Today Host's Cutest Moments With Her Kids!
Happy birthday, Hoda Kotb! The Today host turns 55 today and her milestone birthday follows a year of dreams come true for her career and family. In November, she got the opportunity for the first time to co-host the beloved Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade show alongside Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie. There have been bittersweet moments as well. Kotb's long-time co-host and friend Kathie Lee Gifford announced in December she would be exiting the fourth hour of Today in April. "When she walks in a room, she changes it and when she steps into your life and holds your hand, she changes it," Kotb told E! News' Jason...
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Today's Tamron Hall: NBC Made 'Wrong Choice' Giving My Hour to Megyn Kelly

Tamron Hall is speaking out about her exit from Today and NBC News, which replaced her hour of the morning show with Megyn Kelly’s ill-fated talker.

Asked at the Television Critics Association summer press tour if she felt vindicated after the failure of Megyn Kelly Today, Hall said on Monday, “Megyn’s success or not, I already knew they made the wrong choice when I left the door. I would never measure myself against her success or perceived lack thereof… Whether that show made it or not, I knew I was making the right decision for me.”

More from TVLineFall Preview: Kelly Clarkson,
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Tamron Hall Says ‘Today’ Show ‘Made the Wrong Choice’ Giving Her Time Slot to Megyn Kelly

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Tamron Hall Says ‘Today’ Show ‘Made the Wrong Choice’ Giving Her Time Slot to Megyn Kelly
Tamron Hall is not ready to gloat about Megyn Kelly’s short-lived NBC News tenure, which resulted in Hall’s eventual departure from the network in 2017.

While promoting her upcoming daytime talk show Monday, “Tamron Hall,” she said that even if Kelly had been successful, NBC News still made the wrong choice in bumping Hall off the “Today” show — she co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour with Al Roker — to make room for Kelly.

“Megyn’s success or not, I already knew they made the wrong choice when I left the door. So I would never measure by her success or perceived lack thereof. I knew the day I left that it was the wrong decision, that’s why I left,” Hall said during the Television Critics Association press tour. “For me, I didn’t know what would come after leaving that situation. I’m blessed and fortunate that this is the end result.
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Tamron Hall on ‘Today’ Exit: ‘I Knew They Made the Wrong Choice When I Left the Door’

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Tamron Hall on ‘Today’ Exit: ‘I Knew They Made the Wrong Choice When I Left the Door’
Tamron Hall addressed her departure from “Today” and NBC news while discussing her new syndicated talk show.

At ABC’s Television Critics Association summer tour, Hall was asked about whether the failure of Megyn Kelly’s show which replaced hers at NBC news vindicated her and proved that NBC was wrong to remove her from the 9 a.m. time slot on “Today.”

“Megyn’s success or not, I already knew they made the wrong choice when I left the door,” Hall said. “I would never measure myself against her success or perceived lack thereof…..whether that show made it or not, I knew I was making the right decision for me.”

The host also expanded upon what it felt like to be passed over by NBC.

“We’ve all been the kid who didn’t get picked to be on the kickball team,” Hall said.

Hall said that with her new ABC show,
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Sara Bareilles Thanks Broadway as Her Musical Waitress Sets Close: 'May We All Be So Lucky'

Sara Bareilles Thanks Broadway as Her Musical Waitress Sets Close: 'May We All Be So Lucky'
Sara Bareilles is saying goodbye.

The seven-time Grammy nominee’s hit musical Waitress announced it will close in January after a successful four-year run. Bareilles composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the musical, which is based on the 2007 indie film starring Keri Russell.

“It’s like one part gut-punch and one part incredible gratitude,” Bareilles told The Hollywood Reporter after the musical’s close was announced. “It’s an overwhelming amount of nostalgia and reflection and just taking it all in. It feels like this magical thing happened. The show has such a big life, it’s so
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Broadway’s ‘Waitress’ Announces Closing Date

Broadway’s Waitress will close Jan. 5, 2020, the show’s producers announced today. The Sara Bareilles musical, directed by Diane Paulus, began previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 25, 2016, opened on April 24, and will have played 33 previews and 1,544 regular performances by closing night.

The announcement was made by lead producers Barry and Fran Weissler.

With a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Bareilles and choreography by Lorin Latarro, Waitress was based on the 2007 film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly starring Keri Russell.

The musical adaptation premiered at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre in summer 2015 before moving to Broadway.

Broadway’s Waitress originally starred Jessie Mueller as Jenna, the pie-maker stuck in an abusive marriage. In its nearly four-year run, the production has featured cast members Adam Shapiro, Al Roker, Betsy Wolfe, Christopher Fitzgerald, Colleen Ballinger, Dakin Matthews, Drew Gehling, Eddie Jemison, Erich Bergen, Gavin Creel, Jason Mraz,
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Watch Rhiannon Giddens’ Spirited ‘I’m on My Way’ on ‘Today’

Watch Rhiannon Giddens’ Spirited ‘I’m on My Way’ on ‘Today’
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens delivered an inspired rendition of “I’m on My Way” this morning on NBC’s Today on Monday. Giddens performed the song, a highlight from her new album There Is No Other, with her three-piece band, which includes her latest primary collaborator, Francesco Turrisi.

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way,” Giddens sang during the song’s chorus. “Lord if you love me, keep me I pray.”

Before her Today Show performance, Giddens spoke with Al Roker about
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25th Anniversary ‘Today’ Video Excludes Matt Lauer & Ann Curry

NBC’s Today show just celebrated 25 years of their morning show at Studio 1A. To mark the anniversary, the network shared a five-minute video celebrating “special moments” over the years, starting with a shot of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel in the ’90s, and including clips of anchors like Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Savannah […]

The post 25th Anniversary ‘Today’ Video Excludes Matt Lauer & Ann Curry appeared first on uInterview.
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NBC’s ‘Today’ Anniversary Montage: Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?

NBC’s Today Show celebrated 25 years of transparency — of the window variety — with a happy video tribute to its trademark see-through studio this morning (watch it below). And no doubt about it: Rockefeller Center’s Studio 1A has been home to, as Today‘s website puts it, “a quarter century of cheering crowds, legendary summer concert performances, wedding proposals, Halloween fun, celebrity chefs, heartwarming moments and everything else under the sun (and occasionally rain or snow)…”

But where in the world is Matt Lauer?

The show’s one-time (and longtime) superstar anchor was fired by NBC in 2017 amidst allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and tales of a button that let Lauer lock his office door without leaving his desk. His departure put an end to lots of things, among them the lighthearted annual “Where In The World” feature that sent Lauer packing for parts unknown.

The anniversary montage – Today moved
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