Matt Lauer Makes Unprompted Denial Of Possible Involvement in Katie Couric Show Cancellation

Lauer and Couric

Lauer and Couric have worked through many eras and hairstyles both thick and thin.

New York—Host of “The Today Show” and former Katie Couric BFF Matt Lauer called a press conference yesterday on the heels of the rumors of the upcoming cancellation of Couric’s flailing talk show, to publicly announce he had nothing to do with the expected cancellation.

Lauer said he wanted to set the record straight before anybody asked that, just like his lack of involvement in the Ann Curry firing debacle last year, he is not responsible for the pending cancellation of Katie Couric’s talk show on ABC.

“It would be bad journalism and completely wrong for anybody to jump to the absurd conclusion that I am behind the cancellation of that garbage, ‘The Katie Couric Show’, or whatever the hell it’s called,” Lauer said at the outset of his press conference. “I did not have any communication whatsoever with anyone in charge at ABC and force them to cancel the program because Katie made the career-killing choice to not return to ‘The Today Show’ last fall despite my best efforts at convincing her to come back, and this is my ingenious way of getting back at that no-talent cow.”
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When Network Anchors Fall In The Woods, Do They Make A Sound?

Anchor Swap

Anchor Swap is not a new FOX series but, rather, the result of a bet between two network executives.

New York—If you tuned in last night to watch the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” or “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” you might have thought you were on the wrong channel. Or, more likely than not, you might not have noticed anything at all.

National nightly news anchors Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams switched networks last night, but polls conducted today showed that, remarkably, only 12% of the viewing public noticed. 

Sawyer and Williams, who agreed to the switch only after being assured their pay would not reflect a personal day off, used the regular reporting staff of the respective network. Some reports have said that some of the field reporters didn’t notice the change, either. ABC News correspondent David Kerley called Williams “Diane” three times on camera last night.

Producers for both programs confirmed the one-time switch, explaining that Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, who owns ABC, won a bet with the CEO of NBC, Steve Burke, and had to switch news anchors for a day, “as a goof.”
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“Just One More Thing;” Peter Falk Dies

Peter Falk

Peter Falk and Brian DiMaio on the set of RECOiL.

Beverly Hills, CA—Peter Falk, best known for his portrayal of bumbling, wrinkled police Detective Lt. Columbo on NBC and ABC, died Friday. He was 83.

First portraying what turned into one of the most lovable and recognizable police detectives in TV history, Falk first donned his trardemark raincoat as Lt. Columbo in 1968. He would then go on to portray Columbo in an NBC anthology series from 1971-1978, and again on ABC from 1989-2003.

Falk was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1960’s “Murder, Inc.” and nominated again a year later in “Pocketful of Miracles.”

He also appeared in “RECOiL,” “The Princess Bride,” “Murder By Death,” and “Corky Romano.”

Falk lost his right eye at the age of three due to retinoblastoma. He wore a glass eye for most of his life.

He won four Emmy Awards during his career, four of which he won for portraying Lt. Columbo.

He was married twice and is survived by his wife Shera Danese and two daughters.