In an emotional interview, Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb said they were “heartbroken”.
“As I’m sure you can imagine we are devastated and are still processing all of this,” Savannah Guthrie said.
“I’m heartbroken for Matt – he is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he has been loved by many people here.
“And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
Savannah Guthrie added: “This reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important, it’s long overdue and it must result in workplaces where all women – all people – feel safe and respected.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump commented on Twitter: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate s**ual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
Matt Lauer’s departure comes two weeks after NBC executive Matt Zimmerman, who was reported to have worked closely with Lauer, was fired after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Last week, CBS fired Charlie Rose, one of its leading anchors, amid allegations of assault. In April, Fox News fired its best-known presenter, Bill O’Reilly.
Charlie Sheen is confirming he is HIV positive as he appears on NBC’s Today show.
“I am here to admit that I am HIV positive,” the former Two And A Half Men star said.
The news bring to an end days of intense media speculation.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught this barrage of attacks and of sub truths,” Charlie Sheen said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.
Charlie Sheen revealed he had paid “enough to take it into the millions” to keep people from going public about his illness over the years.
The said when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”.
“I trusted them, they were in my inner circle and thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason,” Charlie Sheen said, adding a prostitute took a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it to newspapers.
“I think I release myself from this prison today,” he said.
Charlie Sheen admitted that his use of drink and drugs was a “bad decision” but said it was “impossible” that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else.
He said he does not feel any stigma attached to the illness.
“I have the responsibility to better myself and help a lot of other people. With what we’re doing today, others may come up and say thanks Charlie, thanks for kicking the door open.”
Speaking about the time prior to his diagnosis, Charlie Sheen said: “It started with a series of cluster headaches and sweating – I was hospitalized I thought I had a brain tumor – after tests they said this was the situation. It’s a hard three letters to absorb.”
Charlie Sheen rose to fame in the 80s with hit movies including Platoon and Wall Street and, in 2011, was the highest-paid actor on TV thanks to his sitcom role.
He has frequently struggled with drink and drug abuse.
Charlie Sheen, who played a hedonistic bachelor in Two And A Half Men, was fired from the show in 2011 after a downward spiral in his personal life that was often played out in public.
Production had been suspended after he entered rehabilitation for reported drug and alcohol abuse.
Charlie Sheen – the youngest son of West Wing star Martin Sheen and brother of actor Emilio Estevez – has also had a troubled personal life and has been married three times.
He first marriage was to Donna Peele in 1995 but they split up after a year. His second marriage was to former Bond girl Denise Richards, with whom he has two daughters. They divorced in 2006 and he married Brooke Mueller, with whom he has twin sons.
Charlie Sheen was then due to marry Scottine Ross, but the wedding was called off.
Donald Trump appeared on The Today Show to promote his 2014 Miss USA pageant airing on NBC in June, when the conversation turned to President Barack Obama and his weakness in handling Russia’s actions in Crimea.
“You’ve been critical of the president and his handling of the situation with Ukraine and Crimea,” the show co-host Matt Lauer said.
“I think you said, I’m paraphrasing here, but basically [Russian President Vladimir] Putin was playing with or toying with Obama. That is kind of a common refrain of yours, I should mention.”
Donald Trump replied that others have said the same thing.
“But you always think that Obama is being weak,” Matt Lauer said.
Donald Trump appeared on The Today Show to promote his 2014 Miss USA pageant, when the conversation turned to Barack Obama (photo NBC)
“What would you have done differently than he did in the days before Russian troops went into Crimea?”
The incursion should have never happened, Donald Trump said.
“If you’re the president, that doesn’t happen and it’s not a big surprise,” he said.
“I mean, it should have worked so that a thing like that doesn’t happen.”
The US should be strong in its reaction to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump said.
“We should definitely do sanctions. And we have to show some strength. I mean, Putin has eaten Obama’s lunch, therefore our lunch, for a long period of time,” he said.
“And I just hope that Obama, who’s not looking too good, doesn’t do something very foolish and very stupid to show his manhood. I just hope that doesn’t happen.”
Katie Couric has apologized for hurting Kim Kardashian’s feelings after questioning her family’s massive fame in a recent interview with In Touch magazine.
Katie Couric, 56, released a statement following Kim Kardashian’s furious Instagram post accusing the TV presenter of being a “fake media friend”.
“I’ve met Kim before and I think she’s a really sweet person,” Katie Couric told E! News.
“I was responding to a reporter’s question, and explaining how I’m intrigued by the public’s fascination with her family. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. The gift is genuine, and I’m happy for Kim and Kanye.”
Katie Couric has apologized for hurting Kim Kardashian’s feelings after questioning her family’s massive fame
Kim Kardashian, 32, had posted a picture of baby clothes and a note sent by Katie Couric and asked her not to “talk s**t” if she’s going to pretend to be nice.
The reality star also included the hashtags: “I Hate Fake Media Friends” and “May I Humbly Suggest You Not Send Gifts Then Talk Sh*t”.
The offending comments were made by the former Today Show anchor in anIn Touch article published Wednesday.
“I don’t understand – why are they so famous? I think it’s mostly teenage girls that are interested,” Katie Couric told the magazine.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians Season 8 currently airs Sunday nights on E!.
Katie Couric – who’s worked for the three biggest networks in the US – hosts the ABC daytime talk show Katie on weekdays.
Paula Deen appeared on the Today show this morning in a last-ditch attempt to save her career in the wake of her racism scandal.
Disgraced chef Paula Deen sobbed as she claimed “very hurtful lies” had destroyed her reputation and insisted that she had only used the n-word once – something she deeply regretted.
Paula Deen added that she believed she should not have been dropped as a representative for Food Network and Smithfield and that other partners “who know who I am” have stood beside her.
“The main reason I am here today is that it’s important to me that I tell you and everyone out there what I believe and how I live my life,” Paula Dee began.
“I believe that every creature on this earth was created equal.
“I want people to know who I am and people that have worked beside me know what kind of person I am. I am so distressed that people I’ve never heard of are suddenly experts on who I am.
“What you see is what you get. I’m not an actress. I’m heartbroken. I’ve had to hold friends in my arms as they’ve sobbed because they know what’s been sobbed about me that’s not true.”
She said that she had used a racist slur on one occasion in a stressful robbery situation, but said that “it was a world ago” and something she regretted.
“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up a rock and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me,” Paula Deen sobbed.
“I want to meet you. I want to meet you.”
Paula Deen admitted to using the n-word in a deposition that was released last week. On the Today show she said that, even knowing the upset is has caused her career, she would admit the truth if given the choice again.
“There’s a couple of kinds of people that I don’t like – that I am prejudiced against – and that’s thiefs and liars,” she said.
Paula Deen appeared on the Today show this morning in a last-ditch attempt to save her career in the wake of her racism scandal
Paula Deen appeared on the Today show less than a week after she cancelled an interview amid the scandal over her use of racial slurs.
Following her dismissal from the Food Network, meat producer Smithfield announced at the weekend that they will be dropping Paula Deen as their company spokeswoman and will be ending their partnership. The company also sells a line of Paula Deen-branded hams.
The company released a statement saying it “condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen”.
Another blow came when it was announced over the weekend that she will not be appearing on home shopping network QVC as litigation continues in the discrimination lawsuit.
Paula Deen, 66, became embroiled in the racial controversy when a former employee testified that she heard Deen repeatedly use the n-word and talk of how she wanted to have a plantation themed wedding for her brother with an all-black serving staff to emulate slaves.
After the testimony was released publicly, both Paula Deen and her career have spiraled out of control in a public relations nightmare.
First she released a heavily-edited video on Friday where she spoke directly to her fans, asking for their forgiveness.
Paula Deen was due to follow that up with an appearance on the Today showthat same morning, but cancelled at the last minute leaving co-anchor Matt Lauer to explain on air.
After the initial video was released another, longer one was then posted on YouTube and was taken down soon after.
In this one she explains her absence from the Today show and apologizes “to those that I have hurt”.
Paula Deen says: “I was invited to speak to Matt Lauer about a subject that has been very hurtful for a lot of people.
“Matt I was physically not able this morning, the pain has been tremendous that I have caused to myself and to others so I am taking this opportunity, now that i have pulled myself together and am able to speak, to offer an apology for those I’ve hurt.”
Over the weekend, her loyal fans showed their support bylining up in droves to eat at her Savannah, Georgia restaurant, and bash the Food Network on social media.
“Everyone in this nation has used a racist comment at one time or another. She grew up in the South,” Facebook user Maria O’Donnell wrote on the channel’s page.
Over the weekend, more stories about the chef’s alleged racism as a former employee alleged that Paula Deen and her brother regularly called him “my little monkey”.
Another told how as an oyster cook at one of her restaurants the black wait staff were regularly forced to work at her private parties held at her Savannah, Georgia estate without pay.
“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink. It was insulting and unfair. I was like, <<Pay me!>>,” Sheldon J. Ervin told Radar.
While the Network cut ties to the chef, who headlined three shows on the channel that she has worked with for the past 11 years, QVC has waited to make any final moves.
“QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation. QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior,” vice president Paul Capelli said in a statement.
“We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”
Martha Stewart has revealed on TodayShow how she struck up her unlikely friendship with Snoop Dogg by baking brownies together.
Martha Stewart was chatting with Today Show hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist about how “tight” she and Snoop Dogg are – reminiscing about their joint appearance on her Holiday show in 2009 when they made up a batch of “green” Christmas-themed brownies.
Martha Stewart has revealed on Today Show how she struck up her unlikely friendship with Snoop Dogg by baking brownies together
In response to Willie Geist’s question about whether they “hang out a lot”, Martha Stewart replied: “Oh yeah, I hang out with Snoop, [like] he has time for me. We, uh, like to bake brownies together.”
In a now famous cooking skit Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg performed together, making up a batch of the delicious chocolate cakes that have become synonymous with cannabis culture.
The two even launched into an impromptu rap of sorts as Snoop Dogg explained to the laughing audience that he and Martha Stewart were: “Trying to make some brownies, but we’re missing the most important part of the brownies.”
Martha Stewart humored the hip hop star by asking what the most important ingredient for a brownies made by Snoop Dogg would be.
“He wants green brownies. Brownish green brownies,” said Martha Stewart.
“The greener the better!” replied Snoop Dogg.
In 2008, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg tried their hands at making mashed potatoes – with Snoop questioning why she was using an electric blender to make the mash and not by hand.
On her blog, Martha Stewart posted how Snoop Dogg “taught me some of his very own language called Snoop-guistics”.
“He and his posse add <<izzles>> onto the ends of words. It’s kind of a code, or a way of communicating so that others won’t know what they’re talking about. Example: fo shizzle is how they say, for sure.”
As Chris Brown tries to win back the public, he continues to be upfront and frank about his infamous 2009 assault on Rihanna which subsequently shattered his reputation.
Chris Brown, 23, once again opened up about vicious attack on Rihanna with Matt Lauer on the Today show on Monday morning.
Chris Brown once again opened up about vicious attack on Rihanna with Matt Lauer on the Today show
In an interview to promote his new album Fine China, Chris Brown said that his 52 week stint in domestic violence counseling finally made him see the error of his ways.
“I think it is just proving myself once again and me being a man. Knowing what I did was wrong and never doing it again,” the singer told Matt Lauer.
“As far as she [Rihanna] and I are concerned, she knows my heart and I know her heart. I am not really focused on the negative, everything is positive for me. I did my 52 weeks of couseling and learned it was absolutely wrong.”
Chris Brown said that during counseling he played the incident in his head over and over again.
“It was domestic violence counseling. A 52 week program. Every Monday in Virginia, I remember going, sitting in there thinking <<why did I do what I did?>> I really just wanted to get help,” he told Matt Lauer.
When Matt Lauer asked Chris Brown if he could promise that won’t ever happen again, the star repeatedly told him “absolutely”.
Chris Brown also told Matt Lauer that he was now concentrating on moving forward “positively”, but realized that not everybody will be willing to forgive him.
“I am moving forward, positively. I think for me it is about proving myself to my fans and for me my fans have been my number one support,” Chris Brown said.
“The naysayers are going to have their opinion. Anything I do… It’s not going to be <<Chris is the greatest>>. So I am not going to focus my life on pleasing those people. The only thing I can do is please my family, myself and please her [Rihanna] and my fans.”
Jenna Wolfe revealed this morning she is engaged and expecting a baby with Stephanie Gosk, an NBC News correspondent.
Today show correspondent said: “I have some big news, I’m actually pregnant, quite pregnant. Stephanie and I are expecting a baby girl at the end of August. This is the adventure of a lifetime.”
She added: “This is a journey that I am very excited to take.”
This is the first time Jenna Wolfe, 39, has spoken publicly about her relationship with Stephanie Gosk, 40.
The full story of the engagement and pregnancy appears in People magazine this week.
Jenna Wolfe revealed this morning she is engaged and expecting a baby with Stephanie Gosk, an NBC News correspondent
Jenna Wolfe will also be bloggingabout her adventures throughout the final stages of her pregnancy.
In the first installment, Jenna Wolfe revealed that it was the biggest news she ever had to tell her family.
“Of all the jaw-dropping, head-turning and eye-popping things I’ve ever told my friends and family (“I swam with killer sharks”, “I jet-packed 30-feet out of the water”, “I scaled the tallest building in Canada”), nothing garnered more shock and awe than when I told people I was pregnant.”
Talking about her partner, Jenna Wolfe said: “Stephanie, a foreign correspondent here at NBC, spent years in war-torn countries, risking life and limb in the most dangerous places on earth to tell amazing stories.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a thrill-seeking, dare deviling, adventure-hopping, fearless chick who enjoys the rush of life.
“Between the two of us, we’ve seen and we’ve done more than most will in a lifetime. And yet both of us agree that THIS little girl will be the biggest and best adventure of our lives.”
Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk have been dating for almost three years and decided they wanted a “wide-eyed, little person” to share their adventures.
So they embarked on “Operation Baby” in December, which she says was “the best decision of her life”, despite the morning sickness.
“Last week I didn’t get out to the plaza on time because I got sick right before I came outside,” Jenna Wolfe revealed.
Stephanie Gosk, who was based in London until she moved in with Jenna Wolfe in New York last fall, said: “The beauty is that we live in a time where there’s no need for secrecy. It’s a very comfortable, open time. And this is a spectacular moment for us.”
Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk had been dating long-distance for a large part of their relationship but it was not until they were both living in the same city – and the same apartment – that they decided to bring up a child.
Stephanie Gosk told People: “For a long time I had feared I would never have a child. Now I can think of nothing greater than having my daughter get Jenna’s spirit and energy.
“I’m excited to be a mom, but I didn’t have the same level of excitement about being pregnant.”
Jenna Wolfe became pregnant through artificial insemination by an anonymous sperm donor as the couple didn’t want a “third parent”.
With the baby due in August 27, Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk have no plans to get married yet, saying: “With everything we’re doing, we haven’t set a date yet.”
Kim Kardashian has revealed that her unplanned pregnancy was more than just a happy accident – as she has “fertility issues”.
“Khloe has been very open about her fertility issues and I think I was always really kind of quiet about mine, and I have similar issues,” Kim Kardashian told the Today Show.
Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Khloe has openly talked about her failure to conceive during three years of marriage, with initial fertility tests revealing she was not ovulating.
Meanwhile Kim Kardashian has been dating her boyfriend Kanye West for nine months and is expecting their baby in July.
Kim Kardashian, 32, explained of her pregnancy: “It was a pleasant surprise when so many doctors were telling me one thing and then the opposite happens.”
The reality star said she found it hard to believe she was really going to be a mother.
“I think until I really start seeing, like, a belly, it won’t really sink in. It’s just like a weird realization until you really start seeing the physical changes, um, and every day’s different.”
However, there is one thing disrupting Kim Kardashian’s perfect life – her failed marriage to Kris Humphries.
Despite filing for divorce from the basketball player after just 72 days in 2011, the two have yet to finalize their divorce.
Kris Humphries has refused to sign papers ending the marriage.
Kim Kardashian has revealed that her unplanned pregnancy was more than just a happy accident as she has fertility issues
On the Today Show Kim Kardashian explained: “I can’t speak for anyone else [about why Kris Humphries hasn’t signed]. It’s a process. … It’s happening, hopefully.”
She also talked about the possibility of a third marriage, to her rapper boyfriend Kanye West.
“It’s something that we talk about, but I think it’s just, right now, focusing on the baby,” said Kim Kardashian.
“[I’m] so content with how things are right now. And how life is and we’re so happy. We definitely want that in the future, but I’m not in a rush.
“What I’ve learned in life is – I was always such a planner, and… you think your life is going to be a certain way, and the best surprises just happen when you don’t plan.”
The baby news was made public when Kanye West, 35, announced it on stage during a concert on December 30.
While Kim Kardashian was surprised he announced her pregnancy, she was happy for him to do so.
She said: “Once you’re past the three-month mark, you’re pretty safe, so he just kind of goes off with what he feels and he was feeling it that night.”
Kim Kardashian wore a black dress which showed off her toned legs for her TV interview. She was with her sister Kourtney, who wore a clinging leather dress as they promoted their reality show Kourtney And Kim Take Miami.
It was hard work for Kim Kardashian, who tweeted: “Got 2.5 hours of sleep! I can never sleep my 1st night in NYC. Off to do the Today Show soon, the Kelly & Michael with @KourtneyKardash!”
After their early morning spot on the Today Show the sisters moved on to film Live With Kelly And Michael.
They switched their black outfits for more colorful creations, with Kim Kardashian choosing a yellow dress, teamed with red lipstick, and Kourtney a red patterned blouse and white jeans.
She might be expecting, but Kim Kardashian looked as on trend as ever in her peplum dress with side cut outs and nude court shoes.
Scarlett Johansson read the weather on the Today show on Tuesday after filling in for Al Roker, who was suffering from laryngitis.
The outlook was sunny for Scarlett Johansson, who happily gestured to the satellite map behind her as she read the day’s report.
Scarlett Johansson, who turned 28 on Thanksgiving, had offered herself up for the role when the show’s team were looking for a replacement.
When asked if she had any experience, quick-witted Scarlett Johansson quipped: “I have long experience with weather.”
Scarlett Johansson was congratulated for her efforts after breezing through the segment, which was apparently a “lifelong dream” of hers.
She even finished by rattling off Al Roker’s famous catchphrase: “Here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods.”
Scarlett Johansson read the weather on the Today show on Tuesday after filling in for Al Roker, who was suffering from laryngitis
Scarlett Johansson was wrapped up warm to deliver her report, dressed in a black and white tank top under a black coat and wide-leg blue trousers.
Al Roker stood by her side while holding an umbrella over her head to protect her from the New York rain.
The blonde bombshell was appearing on the show to promote her new movie Hitchcock, which was released on Friday.
After filming her stint on the Today show, Scarlett Johansson headed to a photo call for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which she is starring in on Broadway from January 17 – with previews kicking off from December 18.
After repeatedly clashing with co-anchors and overseeing plummeting ratings, the Today show’s Matt Lauer is reportedly being given the boot.
Matt Lauer, a long-time host,who earns a staggering $21.5 million a year, is being blamed for the NBC morning show’s dismal performance over the past three months and sources claim ratings will only improve if he is replaced.
According to The National Enquirer, weatherman Al Roker is plotting to push the 54-year-old TV veteran out of his anchor chair and is lobbying a newly appointed Today producer for help.
ABC rival Good Morning America leap-frogged the Today show after Ann Curry was controversially dumped as co-host in the summer and replaced with Savannah Guthrie.
“It’s just desserts. Matt is finally getting what he deserves!” a Studio 1-A set insider told The Enquirer.
“His years-long feuds with former co-hosts Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry have taken their toll. Everyone has turned against him, and Matt is going to be ousted because he’s being blamed for the show’s collapse.”
A high profile former NBC News executive recently said the show needed a new frontman to turn its ratings around.
“This problem is not going to go away until Matt Lauer does,” the source said.
“He’s great, but fairly or unfairly, his brand is damaged.”
After repeatedly clashing with co-anchors and overseeing plummeting ratings, the Today show’s Matt Lauer is reportedly being given the boot
Al Roker, a loyal friend of Ann Curry, has been secretly working towards Matt Lauer’s demise for sometime, according to The Enquirer.
“Matt and Al used to be good buddies – until Al found out Matt had been instrumental in Ann’s ouster,” a Today source told the paper.
“They come across as friends on the air, but that’s all an act.”
The weatherman is reportedly campaigning for Today‘s 9 a.m. house co-host Willie Geist, 37, to take Matt Lauer’s sought-after seat.
“Adding a fresh new guy like Willie to the mix is just what Al feels <<Today>> needs to help pull the show out of the ratings doldrums and compete with <<GMA>>,” the source said.
RadarOnline.com recently reported that Alexandra Wallace was set to replace Jim Bell as the executive overseeing the NBC morning show and an insider told the website that she wasn’t afraid to ruffle “Lauer’s feathers”, to boost ratings.
Nicole Delien, a Pennsylvania teenager, slept for 64 days from Thanksgiving into January – her longest sleeping episode yet – as she struggles with a rare sleep disorder called Kleine-Levine, or Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, which affects an estimated 1,000 people around the world.
During her sleep spells, which began when she was six and a half, Nicole Delien, now 17,will wake up in a confused state for small periods of time to eat, drink and use the bathroom and then fall back to sleep.
“I don’t remember what happens [during that time],” Nicole Delien told the Today Show on Tuesday.
“It’s hard for me to talk about it, because I’ve missed so many days of my life. I just don’t like when people call it a fairy tale, because it’s really not.”
Nicole Delien’s mother, Vicki, says her daughter will sleep 18 to 19 hours a day, and when she eventually wakes up to eat she is in a “sleepwalking state which she doesn’t remember”, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported last week.
The Delien family also recently appeared on Jeff Probst’s syndicated talk show to make sure other families become aware of the rare disorder.
Vicki Delien told reporters that it was very frustrating trying to get a diagnosis for her daughter. She said it took several hospital trips to figure out what has been afflicting her.
Eventually, Dr. Michael Rancurello, a psychiatrist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was able to pinpoint the disorder and offer some suggestions on how to manage it, including medication.
“It’s really not sleeping,” he told the Today Show, calling Nicole Delien’s unconscious state a “delirium”.
“I think it’s a manifestation of some brain malfunction,” he said.
Nicole Delien struggles with a rare sleep disorder called Kleine-Levine, or Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, which affects an estimated 1,000 people around the world
Individuals affected with the disorder may go for a period of “weeks, months or even years without experiencing any symptoms, and then they reappear with little warning” the Kleine-Levin Syndrome Foundation website states.
In addition to excessive sleeping, those symptoms include disorientation, hallucination, child-like behavior, binge-eating and periods of hyper-sexuality when awake, according to an Oxford Journals report.
That report says the disorder predominately affects young males.
Symptoms may be related to malfunctions in the parts of the brain that govern appetite, sleep and sexuality, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The cause of Kleine-Levin Syndrome is unknown, both medical sources indicate.
Eric Haller, a young college student with the disorder, told ABC News in February that he gets sick and falls into a sleeping episode about eight to 10 times a year.
He still shows an aptitude for working and learning. The 21-year-old from Placentia, California, maintains a 3.5 average at Fullerton State University and interns for the Los Angeles Clippers. However, his abilities decline when he slips into a trance.
Kleine-Levin Syndrome can last for eight to fourteen years of an afflicted person’s life, Dr. Michael Rancurello said, noting that Nicole Delien is reaching the mean length of symptoms right now. Medication helps spread her episodes further apart, her family says.
Still, Nicole Delien says she has missed out on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other family celebrations due to those spells.
She also missed out on an opportunity to meet pop singer Katy Perry. But when Perry later learned about Nicole Delien’s disorder she made sure Nicole was able to visit her backstage at a performance in Connecticut.
As she grows older, Nicole Delien says she hopes to have “more good memories like that one”.
Nicole Delien’s last sleeping episode was in March.
She said that she’s scared of when it will happen again.
Former model Lauren Scruggs has revealed for the first time what actually happened in the horrific accident that robbed her of left arm and eye, and changed her life in an instant.
Lauren Scruggs, 24, from Dallas, Texas, spoke on Today show about the December 3 accident, where she walked into a still-spinning plane propeller, in the lead up to a Dateline interview that airs Friday November 16 at 10:00 p.m.
With little memory of the accident, Lauren Scruggs explained: “My dad actually went to look at the plane. I was always taught to get out in front of the wing, but when you do that [with this kind of plane] you’re basically on the propeller. So I think I basically just got out onto it.”
She added: “I remember getting into the plane, and I was fearful for some reason. We landed, which I thought was interesting, because I thought we might crash. I remember my feet touching the ground, but that’s all I remember.”
Her mother, who was also on the Today show with her husband, Lauren Scruggs’ father, explained how the pair had been to church, before going over to some friends’ for dinner, “like we always do”.
“They live in an airport so we ate dinner, and then they decided they were going to do some recreational flying, look at some Christmas lights and everything,” she said.
“Then, she was out there laying on her stomach in a pool of blood and I wasn’t really sure if she was dead or alive.”
Speaking about the bleak diagnosis given by the paramedics at the time, her father said: “They warned us there was a potential she wouldn’t have the same personality, that she may never form a sentence again, but as you can see today, that’s the case.”
Lauren Scruggs admits the hardest thing about the accident was losing her hand.
“It changes your life,” she said.
“You appreciate life a lot more, my compassion for people has strengthened, I have compassion I couldn’t have had before. It was a dose of reality, and was hard to see.”
Speaking about living life with only one hand, the fashion blogger and former model said: “It’s amazing how your body just does what it needs to do – things that were hard in the beginning a lot easier now. I don’t really think about them now.”
Lauren Scruggs has revealed for the first time what actually happened in the horrific accident that robbed her of left arm and eye
The blonde beauty is also honest in how her injured looks deeply affected her in her interview with Dateline.
“[When I saw myself], I think I just saw the reality of what had happened. I had my eye patch on, I didn’t have my hand, half my head was shaved. I was just thinking, <<Wow. How life can change in an instant and how that’s not the way I have looked in the past>>.”
The fashion blogger also spoke to People magazine this week about the future and learning to live with three different prosthetic limbs, hair extensions where her head was shaved and having to do everything with one hand.
A sometimes fashion model before the accident, Lauren Scruggs revealed she has struggled to come to terms with her changing looks.
She said: “Sometimes it’s easy to dwell on the fact that I don’t look the same. I still struggle with that – I want to look nice. But every day I’m feeling better and better.”
“When I got home from hospital I would cry a lot and it was hard to look in the mirror. Before the accident I would get a lot of attention for the way I looked, so I held a lot of my identity there.
“But these things aren’t going to make you feel whole. They’re empty things.”
Wondering if any guy would ever like her because of her prosthetic arms, she reveals she now feels good about them.
Lauren Scruggs has three different arms – her passive prosthetic which she can’t move but looks incredibly lifelike, her workout prosthetic which she uses for boxing and other exercises and another arm that come with attachments, including a paddle-like device for swimming.
She is in rehab for up to three hours a day to practice ordinary tasks without her left hand and can now tie her shoes, put her hair up and drive – which she does with the help of her knee.
Referring to losing her hand, she said: “Reality hit me when I got off my pain medication. I just wanted my hand back. I went through the process of grieving and still am today.
“My doctor told me that losing your hand is like losing someone in your family. Because it’s a part of you.”
Ann Curry is going to tell her viewers this morning that she is leaving NBC’s Today Show and is giving up her co-host chair.
In an interview with USA Today, Ann Curry admitted it is “going to be a bit of a tough day” as she ended over a week of speculation about her future.
“I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”
Leaving with a reputed $10 million pay-off, Ann Curry, 55, will remain at NBC with a new title – Today Show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent.
Negotiated by her lawyer Robert Barnett, her new contract to remain at the Peacock Network lasts “a significant amount of time” but she has not disclosed the size of her new salary, reputed to be as much as $20 million a year.
Ann Curry described the moment that she was called into NBC News president Steve Capus to receive the bad news about her position as co-host of Today after little more than a year as anchor.
“I walked into his office expecting to say goodbye,” said Ann Curry.
“Steve sat me down and told me I’m not done and he convinced me there is far more to do.”
Ann Curry is going to tell her viewers this morning that she is leaving NBC's Today Show and is giving up her co-host chair
Creating a seven-person roving news team for Ann Curry, the soon-to-be former Today show anchor will now travel the world to report on the world’s biggest stories.
She will produce pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Today.
However, despite her cushioned manoeuvre out of the morning show hot-seat, Ann Curry admitted to USA Today that the rumors and reporting over the past week hurt.
“I don’t know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they’ve hurt deeply,” she said.
The main reason for her removal at Today is thought to be her lack of on-screen chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer.
However, Ann Curry was adamant that was unfair.
“You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No.1 winning team for a history-making number of years,” she said.
“That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host.
“In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone.”
Ann Curry has also taken the blame from many at NBC for the Today show’s ratings decline.
The program lost the top spot among network morning shows this spring to ABC’s Good Morning America, a position it had held, unbroken, since 1995.
“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries,” replied Ann Curry.
“And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved.”
Reports surfaced last Wednesday that Ann Curry, who took over the anchor chair June 9, 2011, would be removed from her spot as Matt Lauer’s co-host before the network’s Olympic coverage begins next month.
In April GMA broke the 16 year winning streak of the Today show as the No.1 rated morning show and in the week of May 21 Today lost to their rival by 33,000.
Ann Curry has been criticized for not being as flexible or quite as quick-witted as Matt Lauer or Katie Couric, who had the hosting job for 15 years before leaving in 2006.
“We had a many-year run in first place in total viewers and it got snapped, but since then, every week in the past month we’ve started a new streak,” said NBC News president Steve Capus.
“There’s nobody complacent around here.
“We’re aggressive and we’re going to continue to evolve the broadcast and this one of the moves, but it’s not the only move in response to all of that.”
While Ann Curry will take some time off after her final appearance on Today, she will be back on U.S. screens reporting from the Olympics in London and then return to her love of foreign reporting.
“In my secret heart of hearts, I see this as a thrilling opportunity. To have a ticket to every big story in the world – no small matter,” said Ann Curry.
Speaking about what it has been like to work alongside Matt Lauer for the past year, Ann Curry was enthusiastic.
“Well, we’ve had a terrific relationship for all these years, and he’s such a star,” said Ann Curry.
“Obviously he’s considered the golden boy of morning television. He’s so good when you sit next to him; it’s hard not to be helped by that.
“He’s funny and glib, and he knows how the show works. It’s been my honor in this last year to sit next to him.”
Ann Curry will get her walking papers from the Today Show next week, and NBC will pay $10 million for its blunder.
NBC sources told TMZ that Ann Curry was under a contract that guarantees her $10 million a year.
The sources also said Ann Curry signed a new contract almost a year ago, when she took over as co-anchor of Today Show. Under the deal, Ann Curry gets a cool $10 million, and it’s a long-term contract.
Ann Curry will get her walking papers from the Today Show next week, and NBC will pay $10 million for its blunder
According to TMZ, Ann Curry was guaranteed that amount for 3 years.
The sources said the likely scenario is that Ann Curry will become a foreign correspondent for NBC News.
Ann Curry will be the first foreign correspondent who will rake in an amount equal to the gross national product of some of the countries she will cover.
Ann Curry has showed up at work hours after news surfaced that she would be fired next month as co-host of NBC’s Today show.
Reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that Ann Curry, who took over the anchor chair June 9, 2011, would be removed from her spot as Matt Lauer’s co-host.
But on Thursday morning, Ann Curry was back next to Matt Lauer, acting like nothing had happened.
Ann Curry has taken the blame from many at NBC for the Today show’s ratings decline. The program lost the top spot among network morning shows this spring, a position it had held, unbroken, since 1995.
The New York Times reported that NBC executives were preparing for Ann Curry not to show up on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Today show producers contacted Hoda Kotb, who co-hosts the fourth hour of the program, and told her to be ready to go on the air at 7:00 a.m.
But Ann Curry, who reportedly makes $2 million a year, was there, acting like normal.
“Good morning Twitterverse,” she tweeted to her 1.2 million followers on Thursday.
“Good morning. From hot to hotter. You thought yesterday was a scorcher? In many places in the East today, it’s going to get even hotter,” she said at the opening of the show.
On Thursday morning, Ann Curry was back next to Matt Lauer, acting like nothing had happened
Later in the program she appeared alongside Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales – one of the women who has been mentioned as her possible replacement.
Her tweet, sent out about 8:00 a.m., received dozens of responses from her fans, who offered her their support.
The Times reported on Wednesday that Ann Curry will be kicked off the show before the Summer Olympics begin July 27.
Ann Curry has been criticized for not being as flexible or quite as quick-witted as Matt Lauer or Katie Couric, who had the hosting job for 15 years before leaving in 2006.
Katie Couric was replaced by Vieira.
Matt Lauer, who recently received a reported $30 million annual contract to stay at NBC is reportedly one of the people working to push Ann Curry out.
NBC producers are beginning to panic as ABC’s Good Morning America has begun trading off with the Today show for the top network morning show.
Ann Curry’s more prominent role in the morning show has received the blame for this slump.
Negotiations are currently underway with network executives to move Ann Curry into a new job, likely as a foreign correspondent.
But, she’s apparently not leaving without a fight.
“She got her dream job, and she doesn’t want to let it go,” a source told the Times.
Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the show’s third hour, is at the top of the list of Ann Curry’s possible replacements.
Natalie Morales, Today‘s news anchor, and Meredith Vieira, who left the co-host role last year, have been mentioned in talks for the position, news outlets reported.
A decision about Ann Curry’s departure from the show could be made before the Summer Olympics begins in later this summer.
Several staff members who work on the show have blamed Ann Curry as the reason for the decline in ratings after she took over the co-host job, according to the New York Times.
Today lost in the ratings this spring for the first time since 1995 after a string of 852 consecutive weeks.
Since then, Today and Good Morning America have been trading wins.
Some reports suggest the longtime member of the Today show may become a foreign correspondent at the network.
For Ann Curry, however, the reality of ending her time on the program has been difficult.
Attorney Robert B. Barnett is representing Ann Curry in the discussions.
The lawyer is known for having represented Christiane Amanpour in her talks with ABC as she left the news program This Week.
Ann Curry began working as news anchor for the Today show in 1997, a position she held onto until she was promoted to share the hosting role with Matt Lauer.
She has an extensive background in global reporting.
Ann Curry began a career at NBC in 1990 as part of the NBC News team.
Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin has said she stands by her accusations that the Miss USA 2012 competition was rigged and will take on Donald Trump if he sues her, as he has claimed.
Earlier this week, Sheena Monnin resigned from her position claiming one of her fellow contestants – later revealed as Miss Florida – had seen a list of the top five girls before the show had even begun.
Sheena Monnin branded the competition “fraudulent”, “trashy” and “lacking in morals”, which led Donald Trump, the co-owner of Miss Universe Organization, to threaten her with a lawsuit.
But speaking to the Today show, Sheena Monnin said she is standing by her claims and knows Miss Florida was serious as she has had “years of psychological training”.
Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin has said she stands by her accusations that the Miss USA 2012 competition was rigged and will take on Donald Trump if he sues her
“I feel disappointed that [Trump] has made some of the statements that he said about me, and I feel prepared to continue to pursue the truth,” Sheena Monnin said on the Today show.
“I know what I heard, and I know what I in turn witnessed… so I’m prepared to continue to march forward.”
Florida’s Karina Brez has since said mentioning the list was “a throwaway comment” that was “never meant as fact”, but Sheena Monnin rubbished this defense.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the contestant was serious when she laid out what she said she saw, and I believe her to be true,” Sheena Monnin, who hold a master’s degree in psychology, said.
“I have many years of psychological training. I know when someone’s telling a joke, I know when someone’s scared and when someone’s serious, and in my opinion her body language was very serious.
“She looked a little bit scared because she had just seen something that would potentially, drastically change the reputation of the Miss Universe Organization. This is a big deal.”
Donald Trump said on Wednesday that her claims were a case of sour grapes, adding: “I did see her for about a second. I never felt that she had a chance, and all this is buyer’s remorse.”
He added that an investigation into Sheena Monnin’s “disgraceful” claims has been carried out, and there is no evidence that there was a list of the five top girls before the show.
In her Facebook posts, Sheena Monnin, who had not placed in the top 16, had claimed Miss Florida went on to name all five women correctly before they were announced on the show.
Kim Kardashian was asked about her relationship with rapper Kanye West on the Today show this morning.
While the reality star didn’t openly declare her love – she didn’t deny it either.
Asked by host Ann Curry if the “Kimye” romance was true, Kim Kardashian giggled: “Kanye and I have been friends for years,” before adding: “…so, I love the song,” in reference to Kanye West’s new track Theraflu, in which he sings how he fell in love with her.
In another sign Kim Kardashian was ready to move on following her failed marriage to Kris Humphries – which lasted just 72 days, she said defiantly: “I’m really ready to close that chapter. I have closed that chapter.
“You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me.”
Kim Kardashian was asked about her relationship with Kanye West on the Today show this morning
On Wednesday night, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were spotted leaving the movies in New York after watching the new hit film The Hunger Games.
And yesterday Kim Kardashian was spotted leaving Kanye West’s NYC apartment – tellingly in the same clothes she wore the night before.
Kim Kardashian giggled as Ann Curry asked her today about the date, but would only say she found the film “interesting”.
She was well groomed for her appearance, slipping into a form-fitting turquoise dress and black heels.
Kim Kardashian also posed for a picture with rapper Nicki Minaj who was also appearing on the U.S. breakfast show.
Nicki Minaj – who collaborated with Kanye West on the track Monster – tweeted the accompanying message: “SHE’S WITH ME NOW! MOVE BACK BUGS!!!! AHHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!”
After her TV interview, Kim Kardashian made an outfit change into black trousers and white T-shift emblazoned with a leopard as she stalked through JFK Airport where she was expected to board a flight to Los Angeles.
Tiffanie Dixon, Whitney Houston’s hairstylist, says Bobbi Kristina had a hard time holding up following her mother’s passing, in a shocking new interview on The Today Show.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was so stunned by her mother Whitney Houston‘s death that she couldn’t even process it when she first heard the news, Whitney’s BFF revealed.
Tiffanie Dixon, Whitney Houston’s good friend and hairdresser, was on the March 9 episode of The Today Show, where she spoke about Bobbi Kristina and her reaction to the singer’s passing.
Tiffanie Dixon, Whitney Houston’s hairstylist, says Bobbi Kristina had a hard time holding up following her mother’s passing
“Everything kind of happened so fast,” Tiffanie Dixon said.
“We were doing a party that evening. I heard something and was instructed to call someone for help. Bobbi Kristina comforted me – she didn’t know what was going on. At that moment, all I could think about was to find someone to help.”
Tiffanie Dixon also said that Whitney Houston’s death was especially jarring given her joyful disposition in the weeks leading up to her passing.
“She was an amazing person – fun-loving and she loved people unconditionally,” Tiffanie Dixon said.
“[Prior to her death], she was happy and cheerful.”
The 25-year-old troubled actress Lindsay Lohan appears to already be a big fan of cosmetic treatments.
Lindsay Lohan stepped out in New York ahead of her Saturday Night Live appearance, and showed off a very puffy “pillow face” – the term given to women who overuse facial fillers.
The young actress joins Madonna and Kylie Minogue as the most obvious examples of stars whose ever youthful glow suggests they may have had fat implants in their cheeks, causing the “pillow face effect”.
While Lindsay Lohan doesn’t appear to have gained weight, her face looked much rounder and the overall effect left her looking older than her 25 years.
Increasing numbers of celebrities are getting the plumped-up look, as opposed to the pinched back “wind tunnel” results of a face-lift or the “frozen” Botox look.
Lindsay Lohan stepped out ahead of the airing of a frank new interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer in which she said she’s put the past behind her and is finally ready for a career comeback.
After a messy few years sprinkled with jail time, court appearances and house arrests, Lindsay Lohan swears she’s finally cleaned up her act and realizes she needs to prove herself.
Lindsay Lohan stepped out in New York ahead of her Saturday Night Live appearance, and showed off a very puffy “pillow face”
In the interview, which will be screened in the U.S. on Thursday, Lindsay Lohan says: “I think that’s gonna take time…and I think that it’s actions.
“Because people can say things all they want, but I think I still need to go through the process of proving myself with SNL, being on time, being, you know, keeping my – can’t say the word – but stuff together.”
Linday Lohan certainly looked well put together in a sophisticated LBD and elegant heels.
She appeared alert and coherent in a bid to prove herself.
Lindsay Lohan says: “I don’t want people to have that reason to be scared anymore. So being able to have this opportunity with SNL and the film, I’m gonna do what I’m supposed to do, and enjoy doing it, and do it as best as I can.”
She also promises that she’s not going out anymore, and claims she’s actually morphed into a “homebody”.
“It’s not my thing anymore,” she says.
“I went out, actually, a few months ago with a friend. And I was so uncomfortable.
“Not because I felt tempted, just because it was just the same thing that it always was before. And it just wasn’t fun for me.
“I’ve become more of a homebody. And I like that.”
Lindsay Lohan also confirmed her plans to play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming biopic.
She reveals: “We’re in the middle of casting and figuring – we start production soon.
“I’ve been doing tons of research. But I’ve always kind of researched her. She’s always been a fascinating woman to me, so I’m really honored.
“And I will not let anyone down, especially myself.”
Lindsay Lohan is one court case away from putting the plethora of legal troubles she’s been plagued with since her 2007 arrest for drunk driving behind her.
The actress will host Saturday Night Live on March 3 for the fourth time and seemed excited today as she shot a promo for the hit NBC sketch show.
Giuliana Rancic, the E! News presenter has revealed during a Today Show interview that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Giuliana Rancic, 37, has revealed that she discovered she had a breast tumor during some tests for in-vitro fertilization in an attempt to get pregnant.
The TV star also said the doctors are optimistic as tumor has been detected early and she will make a full recovery.
Giuliana Rancic, the E! News and Style Network host, made the announcement on NBC’s Today Show Monday morning, when she also revealed she will undergo surgery later this week.
“Through my attempt to get pregnant through IVF, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer. It’s been a shock.”
Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill were preparing to undergo a third round of IVF treatment after the previous two attempts failed when a doctor asked her to undergo a mammogram.
Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill were preparing to undergo a third round of IVF treatment after the previous two attempts failed when she discovered she has breast cancer
“I wasn’t prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40 years old, like I’d been told. I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong. It was just a kick in the stomach.”
Giuliana Rancic told about the moment she found out she has breast cancer:
“I went into the hospital in L.A., when they came in to tell me, they said it pretty quickly, they just said, <<I’m sorry, you have breast cancer>>.
“It’s what you expect, but so much more, it was like, incredible instant sobbing and the world just crashed down around me. I couldn’t believe it – 36 years old, no family history? I couldn’t believe it.”
The TV star said she will undergo six weeks of radiation therapy after her lumpectomy.
Giuliana Rancic looked optimistic and said she is hopeful that she will be able to resume IVF after her cancer treatment.
“I still want this baby … because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me… If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker.”
After the news has spread, celebrities were quick to send to Giuliana Rancic their well wishes over Twitter.
Kelly Osbourne, who appears alongside Giuliana Rancic on E! Fashion Police, let her know she is thinking about her.
Kelly Osbourne, 26, whose mother Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, tweeted:
“I just want u 2 know I love you & that I’m thinking of u! u r a strong woman & ur going 2 beat the s*** out of this cancer!!!”
LeAnn Rimes, the country singer who recently made up with Giuliana Rancic after a war of words over weight, tweeted:
“@GiulianaRancic Sending love and prayers your way!”