A public marriage proposal may have worked out well for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, but it’s a stunt that should always be approached with caution. Timing and location are everything as is being at least mostly confident that the person you’re asking is going to respond positively. I’m pretty sure that Chirag Shah failed to run through the “Should I Propose In Public?” checklist before he seized control of his girlfriend Simone Jhingoor’s “Today Show” segment — which was supposed to be about her nonprofit, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation – and used the airtime to ask her to marry him. The look on Simone’s face and the awkward distance between the newly engaged couple seemed to indicate that despite saying “yes” to his proposal, Simone was not especially psyched that she had rehearsed and prepared for a segment about her nonprofit work had been derailed by her now-fiance’s kind of selfish desire to be splashy and romantic. I hope “The Today Show” has her back tomorrow to discuss her work, as was originally intended. [Jezebel]
Alright, I think it’s time to start a petition to ban Matt Lauer from interviewing young famous women on “The Today Show.” It rarely doesn’t tread into uncomfy territory. (Remember when he asked Anne Hathaway about her vagina?) This morning, in between singing her hit songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” Lauer interviewed Miley Cyrus about her new album, Bangerz, that whole Sinead O’Connor mess and, of course, her performance at the MTV VMAs last month, and it got … yucky. Watch above.
We were all wondering if the “40 Days of Dating” project would end with Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman in a relationship. Who am I kidding? No one was wondering. More like, we were hoping they would come to their senses and break up. They were so glaringly, obviously ill-suited for each other, fighting over that damn Minnie Mouse sweatshirt. As we predicted, they are no longer together, but they remain good friends. As Tim points out, there was nothing natural about this experiment. Uh, yeah. Going to couples therapy with someone you’d been dating for one day would be awkward to say the least. Keep reading »
I never thought I would agree with Tom Cruise about anything, but dammit if Matt Lauer isn’t the smuggest, most terrible interviewer. On Thursday’s “Today Show,” Matt Lauer interviewed Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. The interview starts out okay, and then Matt Lauer can’t contain his Matt Lauer-ness anymore. Of the jury, he says, “Do you have anything to say to the jurors — obviously they tried their hardest.” Because obviously Matt Lauer is omnipotent and knows. He then goes on to talk about all the violence that’s occurred at Justice For Trayvon rallies (all the while “The Today Show” is airing clips of violent scenes that are in no way representative of 99 percent of the rallies that actually took place and fails to mention how the police were complicit in what violence did occur). Keep reading »
Paula Deen made her much anticipated appearance on “The Today Show” this morning and attempted to convince Matt Lauer and the public that she is not a racist. Deen insisted that she only ever used the n-word once, during the incident mentioned in her deposition, and went on to say, “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.” And neither is my opinion of you, Paula. Bye, y’all! Watch the full interview above. [MSNBC]
Poor Ann Curry. She was not only publicly fired from her cohost position on “The Today Show,” but she then had to sit there and weep about it to Matt Lauer – who probably couldn’t wait to see her go. But apparently that was far from the first time the show had humiliated her. Behind the scenes, Ann was reportedly dealing with a “boys’ club” that relentlessly bullied her, made fun of her, and conspired to get her fired in something her haters called “Operation Bambi.” If you’ve ever been bullied at work by your coworkers or superiors, you’ll totally empathize with what Ann went through.
Ann had spent decades working her way up the newsroom ladder, but when she finally reached the pinnacle, hosting alongside Lauer, ratings began to slip. Reportedly producers, especially Executive Producer Jim Bell, thought that Ann didn’t have “chemistry” with Matt. But Ann was also reportedly hassled in many other excruciating ways, according to author Brian Stelter in his book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. Read more on The Stir…
Let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. Better yet, let’s play it with Martha Stewart! Martha will go first. Okay, so: she’s friends with Snoop Dogg, she does yoga every day, and she’s a terrible, terrible boss. Do you know which one is the lie? (It’s the last one. According to Martha, of course.) She actually is friends with Snoop Dogg! They bake brownies together. Do you know what kind of brownies? Here, let Martha tell you herself. Try not to cringe when Natalie Morales refers to the rapper/actor/icon/Lion as “the Snoop.” Who does that? [BuzzFeed]
There’s seriously no better way to end a week than to discover my spirit animals Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb spent a whopping eight minutes discussing the piece I wrote about what your pubic hair says about you. Watch the incredibly hilarious segment above, in which both Hoda and Kathie Lee reveal their potentially surprising pube styles. And then check out the original piece, to find out whether I got your pubic personality right…
Eww, Matt Lauer. “Anne Hathaway, I’ve seen a lot of you lately.” Really? The “Today Show” host kicked off his interview with the “Les Miserables” actress with a pervy reference to the bare crotch shots that hit the web yesterday, taken when Hathaway exited a car at the movie’s NYC premiere and apparently wasn’t wearing underwear. Oops! Hathaway handled this awkward moment with total class — check out her response to Lauer above. [via HyperVocal]