03/09/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, their stint as temporary anchors on ABC's ailing "Good Morning America," Monday. Both gushed over their ill-fated predecessors, Kevin Newman and Lisa McRee, while the pace of the show seemed no more brisk than before. Meanwhile, on NBC's "Today" show, Matt Lauer and Katie Couric faced their new competition by presenting an in-depth feature on toilet training.

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