*NBC’s Tamron Hall was announced this morning as an official co-host of “Today’s Take,” the “Today” show’s 9 p.m. hour, joining fellow co-hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.
“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the ‘Today’ family,” said Don Nash, Executive Producer. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”
Hall, who will continue hosting MSNBC’s “NewsNation,” was a regular fill-in host on ‘Today’ and most recently interviewed Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey, and Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom for the program. She has also been a familiar face in ‘Today’s’ #OrangeRoom.
AL Roker attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix’s 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills
*Another day, another apology from the NBC family.
Weatherman Al Roker, who is at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with the “Today” show, blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina in a flurry of furious tweets Thursday over their decision to keep public schools open during a snowstorm.
“I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” the “Today” show forecaster tweeted.
*The “Today” show apologized for a joke aired on Wednesday morning’s broadcast that riffed on the news that the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral used fake signs during world leaders’ remarks.
During their segment on the story, an inset image of some random man mimicking the motions of sign language to interpret the hosts’ words appeared onscreen for several seconds on Today.
The hosts appear to immediately recognize that the joke was in poor taste. “No, guys, let’s not do that,” said host Natalie Morales as soon as the image appeared onscreen. “No, no, wrong,” added Al Roker, who covered his face with his hands.
“We aired a joke in our 9:00 hour that was offensive. We apologize to our viewers,” the show later wrote on its official Twitter account.
The online clip that Today posted on its website shows a different angle than the widely circulated YouTube clip showing the incident (below, via New York Daily News). Only the audible reactions of Morales and Roker can be heard in the official “Today” clip.
In the same segment, Morales tried to defend the look on Michelle Obama’s face while her husband was taking the infamous selfie with British prime minister David Cameron and Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Morales argued that the First Lady wasn’t showing disgust. It was just that some people have a ”bitchy resting face.”
“How many of us have photos taken of us…you just have that bitchy resting face, as we say,” Morales giggled.
“With all due respect to the First Lady,” a surprised Willie Geist interjected.
“Today” superfan Linny Boyette, a Rockefeller Center fixture, hardly missed a single morning in 20 years.
*You saw him outside of the “Today” show window – rain or shine, sleet or snow – just standing there quietly observing the segments, or pointing to the camera as it sweeps a shot of the crowd.
His name was Linny Boyette, a 71-year-old military veteran who was born in England but lived in the Bronx. He woke up every day at 3:30 a.m. to make sure he could secure his front row spot on the plaza by 5:30 a.m., according to NBC. “It makes my day,” he told “Today” in 2010.
However, health problems earlier this year prevented Boyette from attending the show regularly in his final months. Last week, a friend of Boyette’s told the Today crew that he was gravely ill.
Boyette died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. The show dedicated a segment to him this morning [Oct. 6].
“Our dear friend, Linny, passed away this weekend,” Al Roker tweeted Monday. “He will be missed. Greatest Today fan ever. Our thoughts and prayers with Linny and family.”
Added Matt Lauer: “Peace Linny. And thank you for your gentle kindness.”
“So saddened to hear of Linny’s passing,” former “Today” host Meredith Vieira tweeted late Sunday. “I always loved seeing him every morning on the plaza. He had a wonderful smile and so sweet.”
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Aug. 20: “Today” show weatherman Al Roker is 59. Rapper KRS-One is 48.
Aug. 20, 1619: Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They are the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)