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Today Show Helps Son Honor His Parents

Originally posted 09/29/2008 11:15AM


The Today show helped make a dream come true Monday morning, when Lance Carr of Colorado got a phone call from the program's fourth-hour hosts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Carr, who, since the age of 10 months has had a rare form of muscular dystrophy, is the first winner in the show's "Everyone Has a Story" contest in which entrants sent essays telling their story, explaining what makes it special. The prize? A chance to have his story to told on the air – and have a brand new song, inspired by the tale, written and performed by a Broadway star.

As Gifford said of 38-year-old Carr – who wrote in to say that his father Larry is his hero – his disease renders him unable to move any part of his body except for his thumbs, making him completely dependent upon his parents.

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Kathie Lee Defended After an On-Air Swipe | Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee Defended After an On-Air Swipe

Originally posted 08/11/2008 09:55AM

In light of some new criticism about Kathie Lee Gifford – stemming from a Today show regular telling her on-air last month to stop being such a Chatty Kathie – NBC is speaking up on behalf of its still-relatively new addition to the fourth hour of its top-rated morning program.

"The feeling here is we love Kathie Lee," Today executive producer Jim Bell tells the The New York Times. "She is unique, she's a character, she's colorful and she's not afraid to speak her mind. I don't think we’d have her any other way."

Since joining co-host Hoda Kotb in April, Gifford, 54, was targeted by some TV critics for falling into her same old pattern of monopolizing airtime to talk about herself and her family. (A PEOPLE.com poll in April, asking for reaction to Gifford's return to daytime TV, found that 42 percent of the respondents "loved it," while 58 percent "loathed it.")

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Kathie Lee Gifford's Return Gets Mixed Reviews

Originally posted 04/08/2008 12:25PM



Kathie Lee Gifford came out for her second day as fourth-hour co-host of the Today show Tuesday, and said, "Everyone's reaction around the country was so nice ... Thank you, America."

Indeed, for the most part, the return of Gifford to daytime TV on Monday was largely met with open arms – though, as has long been the case with the personality, there were detractors. Strong ones.

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Kelly Ripa: I'm 'So Excited' for Kathie Lee | Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa: I'm 'So Excited' for Kathie Lee

Originally posted 04/04/2008 06:30AM

You think there'd be a little professional rivalry between Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee – but you'd be wrong.

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Kathie Lee Gifford: I Can Handle Spotlight Better Now | Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee Gifford: I Can Handle the Spotlight Better Now

Originally posted 04/03/2008 11:40AM

Kathie Lee Gifford had no intention of returning to TV – she just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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WEEK AHEAD: Regis & Kathie Lee, Together Again! | Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin

WEEK AHEAD: Regis & Kathie Lee, Together Again!

Originally posted 09/08/2007 06:00AM

Live With Regis and Kelly 20th Anniversary What: Kathie Lee Gifford returns to her former talk show to celebrate its 20th season with Regis Philbin. When: Sept. 14 Highlights: Kelly Ripa has nothing to worry about – Kathie Lee's just visiting! After leaving her post in 2000 – to spend time with her family and write – Gifford caps off a two-week anniversary celebration by visiting her former talk show. And after seven years, an update about Cody is, uh, long overdue.

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Kate Bosworth: Superman's Lois Lane | Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth: Superman's Lois Lane

Originally posted 01/07/2005 08:00AM

CAST: Kate Bosworth has apparently won the role of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's new Superman movie over such other contenders as Claire Danes, Linda Cardellini and Michelle Monaghan, says the Hollywood Reporter. Bosworth will costar opposite Brandon Routh, who was already named the new Man of Steel. The villain of the piece, Lex Luthor, is to be Kevin Spacey, who currently stars with Bosworth in his film bio of '60s singer Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Long in the works, the Superman movie is finally set to start flying before the cameras in March. … That same month, in Florida, John Travolta and James Gandolfini will start filming Lonely Hearts, based on the true story of detectives who captured a couple known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers," who found their victims through newspaper personal ads, Variety reports.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Nicole Tops Rich List

Originally posted 04/15/2004 01:00PM

NAMED: Nicole Kidman, 36, more than doubled her annual income in 2003, earning an estimated $18.6 million, making her Australia's richest entertainer, Business Review Weekly magazine reports Down Under. Her income in 2002 was reported at $8.63 million. The other name on the list familiar to Americans, other than the rock group AC/DC (in third place, with $14.9 million), was "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" director Peter Weir, 59, in fifth place with $7.4 million.

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Kathie Lee Settles Suit with Tabloid

Originally posted 04/03/2002 01:10PM

A supermarket gossip sheet and the former star of "Live!" (who says she doesn't miss the show) have reached an agreement over a false story about her son.

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Kathie Lee Gets a Name

Originally posted 11/04/1997 12:00AM

Filed Under: Kathie Lee Gifford

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