Kathie Lee Gifford will say goodbye to NBC's "Today" show on Friday. And it is designed to be an outlet for ages. There will be a live studio audience, "surprising guests, surprising performances, tribute, games, giveaways", says a network source.
The "Today" show certainly knows how to produce these moments. This time is unique because Gifford is unique: She has been a comforting presence on people's TV screens for 25 years. Gifford's fourth hour of "Today" with Hoda Kotb is about family, friendship, faith, fun … Like the best daytime television shows, the notion of the company … Stars have fallen all week …
Some morning evening synergy: Lester Holt had an interview with Gifford on Thursday's "Nightly News". She said "everything" on the show with Kotb "comes out of a true friendship." As for the ever-present wine, she said, "It sets the tone," welcome to our party. "" We are well, and it is not at any cost. It's not crazy. "
Holt asked," Kathie Lee does not retire, you are … what? "Gifford:" Development! "
→ NBC News prez Noah Oppenheim said earlier that" The Kathie Lee platter has been overcrowded lately with film, music and book projects, "and" she has decided to focus her full-time attention on the other creative efforts … "
Diana Miller was promoted to" CBS This Morning "1
9659007] There was loud applause in the newsroom when new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky announced Diana Miller's campaign in Thursday. has actually been the exec producer of "CBS This Morning" ever since Ryan Kadro left three months ago. But now the EP title is official …
A milestone for tomorrow TV
For the first time everyone has three network morning programs female exec producers: Miller at CBS, Roxanna Sherwood at "GMA," Libby Leist at "Today." Here is my full story …
BTW: Until today I did not understand that every weekday program on NBC New s has a female EP Included Jackie Levin who is running at 9 am in "Today", Tammy Fuller, running at 10 am and Jenn Suozzo on "Nightly …"
– President Trump visits Calexico, California, and touring part of the border …  – Variety holds its power by women: New York luncheon in Cipriani Midtown …
– The international journalistic festival continues in Perugia, Italy …
Check out this week's "Reliable" podcast
Now you have Perhaps heard of investigative journalist Jessikka Aro and the price she was to receive from the State Department. Something went wrong and the price was lifted. Democrats on Capitol Hill have been vocal about this strange case. But I have not heard much from Aro himself.
So I joined her in Helsinki for this week's podcast. Has the State Department really lifted its price because she wrote critical tweets about President Trump? It certainly seems like that. She wants answers – and she's not alone. We talked about it all … Plus her ongoing reporting on the Russian propaganda machine … Listen grafted through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or your favorite app …
– Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt had an "exclusive Oval Office interview" with POTUS … Hurt asked about Barbara Bush's criticism of him, as reported in Susan's new book … (Times)  – Herman Cain who contributed to Fox News until August 2018, is recommended by Trump "for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board …" (CNN)
– Howard Schultz marked Q's on Fox's Thursday night … It was the network's first town hall in the 2020 season … (Fox)
– Read more about Thursday's "Reliable Sources" newsletter … And subscribe here to receive future editions in your inbox ..
– As expected, Tim Ryan announced his 2020 bid for "The View" on Thursday. Who's next? Now Eric Swalwell on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" next week … (Atlantic Ocean)
– Last night I wrote about Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman's upcoming book "The Hill to Die On". Politico will publish an excerpt on Friday … And NBC says the authors will launch their television outbreak on Sunday's "Meet the Press …"
Waiting and Waiting for the Mueller Report …
Maybe there should be a number of days on the watch screen?
"Washington is an absolute pressure cooker right now," said Don Lemon on Thursday night, referring to the intensifying arrest of Robert Mueller's still secret report.
Over at MSNBC, Chris Hayes noted that "nationwide demonstrators require" the release of the full report. The banner on its show said "First and foremost, leaks from the Mueller team reveal frustration with Barr's synopsis."
NEWS was the first with the news Wednesday night. CNN and other outlets have now matched it. WaPo calls this a "new phase of the nearly two-year struggle over the Russia probe."
Later in the evening, a banner on the lemon play said "All this could be corrected if we could see Mueller's report …"
→ What happens on Friday? "Earlier rather than later, we'll learn much more," says NBC's Ken Dilanian about "The Last Word …"
Stephen Colbert is not surprised. There are not many drum critics either. Colbert said on Thursday's "Late Show" "Last night's news that some investigators at Mueller's team say the Mueller report was more damaging to Trump than Barr revealed." Audience members OOOH & # 39; ed. "Yes," Colbert said
. "It 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 put on NYMag that way: "The leader of the free world tweeted a documented video by Joe Biden fondling himself." Right. "And it got a little attention," WaPo Josh Dawsey tweeted Thursday night. Also true. NEWS decided to put Trump v. Biden on Friday's front page, though … Annie Karnis excellent story said "tweet and video seemed like a typical partisan jab, except that it was issued by a president accused of more than one dozen women of sexual abuse and attack … "