Kathie Lee Gifford will say goodbye to NBC's "Today" show on Friday. And it turns into a farewell to eternity. There will be a live studio audience, "surprise guests, surprise performances, tributes, games, giveaways," says a network source.
The "Today" show definitely knows how to produce these moments. This time is unique because Gifford is unique: for 25 years, it has been a soothing sight on people's television screens. In Gifford's fourth hour, "Today," with Hoda Kotb, it's all about family, friendship, faith, fun … Like the best television shows during the day, the show is about camaraderie … Stars have lost their lives all week long.
Some synergies in the morning and evening: Lester Holt had an interview with Gifford on Thursday's "Nightly News". She said "everything" on the show with Kotb "comes from a real friendship." As for the ubiquitous wine, she said, "It sets the tone for" Welcome to our party. "" We have a good time and it's not for everyone. It is not malicious. "
Holt asked," Kathie Lee does not retire, you're … what? "Gifford:" Evolving! "
→ NBC News before Noah Oppenheim said earlier that" Kathie Lee. "Platte has recently been overcrowded with film, music and book projects" and "she has decided to focus on these other creative endeavors …"
Diana Miller joined CBS This Morning [news] [1
9659007] When CBS News' new president Susan Zirinsky announced Diana Miller's promotion on Thursday, there was loud applause in the newsroom since she left Ryan Kadro three months ago, she was actually the executive producer of "CBS." This Morning "is Officially …
A Milestone for Morning TV
For the first time, all three network morning programs have produced female performers: Miller at CBS, Roxanna Sherwood at" GMA ", Libby Leist at" Today " whole story …
BTW: To this day I did not know that every NBC New weekday program exists s has a female EP Including Jackie Levin, who runs "at 9am" today, Tammy Fuller at 10am, and Jenn Suozzo for "Nightly …".
– President Trump visits Calexico, California and tours part of the border …
– Variety holds its power of women: New York lunch in Cipriani Midtown …
– The International Journalists Festival continues in Perugia, Italy …
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this week. Meanwhile, you may have heard about the investigative journalist Jessikka Aro and the price she should receive from the state department. Something went wrong and the award was withdrawn. Democrats on Capitol Hill have commented on this strange case. But I have not heard much from Aro himself.
So I contacted her in Helsinki for this week's podcast. Has the State Department really withdrawn its price because it published critical tweets about President Trump? It sure seems like that. She wants answers – and she is not alone. We talked about it … And their ongoing reports on the "Russian Propaganda Machine …". Hear the pod about Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, or your favorite app …
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– The editorial editor of The Washington Times, Charles Hurt, had an "Exclusive Oval Office Interview with POTUS … Hurt asked about the criticism of Barbara Bush on him, as reported in the new book by Susan Page … (Times)  – Herman Cain, who had worked on Fox News until August 2018 recommended by Trump "for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board …" (CNN)
. – Howard Schultz has used Qs on Fox Thursday evening … It was the first town hall of the network of the 2020 season … (Fox)
– Read more about the newsletter "Reliable sources" on Thursday. .. And subscribe here to receive future issues in your inbox …
– As expected, Tim Ryan announced on Thursday his 2020 offer for "The View". Who's next? Eric Swalwell is next week on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" … (The Atlantic)
– Last night I wrote about Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman's upcoming book "The Hill to Die On". Politico will release an extract on Friday … And NBC says the authors will start their TV rollout on Sunday with "Meet the Press …"
. Wait and wait for the Mueller report …
Maybe there should be a "number of days" displayed on the screen.
"Washington is an absolute pressure cooker at the moment," said Don Lemon on Thursday evening, citing the worsening confrontation with Robert Mueller's still-secret report.
Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes, noted that "protesters across the country are demanding the publication of the full report". The banner in his show said, "First leaks from the Mueller team show frustration over Barr's synopsis."
The NYT was the first with this news on Wednesday night. CNN and other outlets have now achieved this. The WaPo calls this a "new phase of the nearly two-year battle for the Russia probe."
Later that evening, a banner in Lemon Show said, "All this could be dispelled if we could see Mueller's report …"
→ What happens on Friday? "We'll learn much more sooner than later," said NBC's Ken Dilanian on "The Last Word …"
Stephen Colbert is not surprised. There are not many, many Trump critics. Colbert said on the Late Show Thursday night, "Last night, the NYT revealed that some investigators in Miller's team said the Müller report was more damaging to Barr than Barr." Audience members OOOH & # 39; ed. "Yes," Colbert said
. "That was in the New York Times, but it was also the cover story of NO DUH Magazine."
Today in the Meme Wars …
Madison Malone Kircher of NYMag put it this way: "The Free World Leader tweeted a video of Joe Biden petting himself." True. "And it has received little attention," tweeted WaPo's Josh Dawsey on Thursday night. Also true. The New York Times, however, chose Trump v. Biden to publish on the front page of Friday. Annie Karni's excellent story said, "The tweet and the video seemed like a typical partisan jab, except for the fact that it was issued by a president accused of sexual misconduct and abuses by more than a dozen women. .. "