02:56 AM EDT 07/07/2014
Originally posted 05/16/2014 06:00AM
The titans of TV came out to honor Barbara Walters, who is retiring after more than 50 years on air.
The first lady of network news is leaving The View, the show she created and has hosted ever since, after Friday's episode. Gathering at the Four Seasons in New York City on Wednesday evening were Walters's co-hosts past (Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Lisa Ling, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos) and present (Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd). as well as a bevy of other stars.
Also celebrating Walters, 84, were Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Michael Douglas, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos and wife Ali Wentworth, Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts and Joan Rivers.
Originally posted 05/02/2014 11:15AM
Were you a little disappointed when you heard George Clooney was officially off the market? Well, you're not the only one.
Originally posted 12/09/2013 11:10AM
While much of the nation endured a winter chill, snow and ice, Today's Hoda Kotb soaked up the sunshine in a blue and white bandeau bikini, showing off enviable curves and a toned physique Saturday on the beach in Miami.
One year shy of a benchmark birthday, Kotb, 49, looked confident in the two-piece and a sheer white sarong.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:30AM
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Hoda Kotb says it was a perfect stranger who inspired her to open up about her private struggle.
"Often we are so busy with our heads buried in a book or looking at Twitter, you don't look up and notice what's around you," the anchor, 49, tells PEOPLE as the morning show continues its weeklong series "#InspiredBy," which honors Today's personal heroes.
"You might miss a life-changing moment because you weren't paying attention. I started paying attention and I ended up meeting two people."
Originally posted 09/26/2013 12:40PM
It wasn't quite like the first time he laid eyes on singers Austin Jenckes or Holly Henry on The Voice, but another face-to-face meeting got Blake Shelton fired up Wednesday: his official introduction to Hoda Kotb's dog, also named Blake Shelton, on Today.
"I love him. I've seen so many pictures of him that I feel like I know him," the country singer told Kotb, as he snuggled with the pooch in a chair beside her.
Kotb adopted the black and white cockapoo in March after a segment on rescue dogs. A few days later, Shelton called into the morning show and convinced Kotb – who has been open about having a celebrity crush on the singer – to name the dog after him.
Originally posted 06/14/2013 11:10AM
Breaking up is hard to do, but Hoda Kotb is back in the dating game.
Having been linked to lawyer Jay Blumenkopf, the NBC star went so far as to say on Bethenny Ever After in February 2012 that Blumenkopf was "the real thing."
Only the real thing didn't last.
"You know what, I was with someone for two years," Kotb, 48, tells PEOPLE. "Now I'm getting back in the groove. It's really fun again."
Originally posted 06/04/2013 09:45AM
They were an unlikely pair at first: serious Dateline reporter Hoda Kotb and performer Kathie Lee Gifford, who shot to fame as Regis Philbin's morning chat show partner of 15 years.
Combined, the co-anchors have energized the once-stale fourth hour of the Today show since 2008. The chatty hosts drink wine, dish on celebs (and themselves) and share heartfelt girlfriend wisdom to a growing group of fans.
Their partnership is chronicled in the June-July issue of AARP The Magazine, which has the supportive TV colleagues appearing on the cover in bathing suits and wide grins.
Originally posted 06/03/2013 12:25PM
Cyndi Lauper has plenty to celebrate – and she's not doing it alone.
Not only is the singer-songwriter Tony-nominated for her critically acclaimed score to the best-musical contender Kinky Boots, but she's also marking the 30th anniversary of the monster hit that first put her on the map, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which she released in 1983.
To celebrate? She was totally surprised by the Kinky Boots ensemble. After quietly securing permission from Lauper's manager and her record company, Sony Music, they assembled this performance music video (see below) of Lauper's signature number.
"It's so sweet, I'm crying," Lauper, 59, during a quick break from rehearsal Monday, told PEOPLE of her reaction to what was done – and about those who participated. She first saw the video Sunday night, before it was posted to YouTube.
Originally posted 10/12/2012 01:20PM
Things usually get slippery on the fourth hour of Today, but even Kathie Lee Gifford is feeling shaky after Thursday's episode.
In a segment featuring adoptable rescue dogs, the morning show's co-host picked up one of the visiting pooches.
"Oh, puppy needs a bath-y," Gifford remarked, before the dog quickly tumbled out of her arms.
Gifford's fourth-hour partner, Hoda Kotb, backed away from the scene just as quickly, saying, "Puppy took a nose dive-y!" Gifford apologized profusely to the dog as she picked it up again to comfort it after the fall.
Originally posted 06/21/2012 03:35PM
Is Ann Curry leaving the Today show?
According to a The New York Times report (citing unidentified parties involved in the negotiations), Matt Lauer's latest co-host may soon find herself off the popular morning show and into a new job at the network as a foreign correspondent.
An official announcement is reportedly expected before the start of the summer Olympics next month.
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