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POLL: Has Prince Harry Hurt or Helped the Royal Image? | Prince Harry

UpdatePosted 08/23/2012 10:35AM

Prince Harry: Has He Hurt or Helped Royal Image?

Originally posted 08/23/2012 09:35AM

Billiards will never be the same. But what about the perception of the Royal Family?

Now that photos of a naked Prince Harry playing strip billiards at an after-hours party in his Las Vegas hotel suite have been seen far and wide – and from every other angle – questions arise as to whether what he did is conduct unbecoming for a prince, or strictly an example of how down-to-earth this child of extraordinary privilege really is.

Royal watcher Ingrid Seward told PEOPLE that being caught with his pants down gives the 27-year-old an "endearing" quality, while on Thursday's Today show, outraged British journalist Martin Bashir said his countrymen and women may not stand for their tax money going to protect members of the Royal Family who carry on in such a fashion.

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Savannah Guthrie Talks First-Day Today Show Hazing

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Savannah Guthrie Survives First-Day Hazing on Today

Originally posted 07/10/2012 10:45AM

Now that she's taken her spot next to Matt Lauer on the Today show, Savannah Guthrie has plenty of reasons to be happy – and possibly a little embarrassed, too.

On her official welcome to her morning gig Monday, Guthrie, 40, endured a friendly hazing-like induction, in which viewers caught a glimpse of a favorite childhood book about an aspiring cheerleader, as well as a clip of her singing and playing the guitar to Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."

"It was just such a warm welcome, and how could you not feel really good after that?" she tells PEOPLE of her on-air introduction, which also included heartfelt comments from friends, her mother and former colleagues. "I'm thankful and excited for the future."

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It's Official: Savannah Guthrie Named Today's New Co-Host | Ann Curry, Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie: 5 Things to Know About Today's Newest Co-Host

Originally posted 06/29/2012 01:20PM

You've seen her face around NBC before, but now you'll be seeing it a lot more: Savannah Guthrie has officially been chosen to replace Ann Curry as Matt Lauer's Today Show co-host, the network announced Friday morning.

"In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player," NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement on Friday. "She's got an undeniable range, and she's earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike. I couldn't be happier for Savannah and the entire Today team."

The 40-year-old Arizona native is no stranger to the morning show, of course – she's been co-anchoring the 9 a.m. hour since August 2011, and she will continue her role as NBC News chief legal correspondent.

Not too familiar with Guthrie and her friendly yet hard-hitting style? Here are five things to know about Today's newest co-host.

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TV Critic: Ann Curry Has Heart – But That's Not Enough to Co-Host Today | Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales

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Ann Curry Has Heart But That's Not Enough to Co-Host Today: Critic

Originally posted 06/28/2012 03:10PM

If you were worried for Ann Curry, it's all over.

After showing up for work at Today in recent days only to see a path being cleared for her past the cameras and on to the morning-show guillotine, Curry announced on air Thursday that she would be leaving her NBC co-host job scarcely more than a year since taking over from sage, sunny Meredith Vieira.

No replacement has been announced, but in the media universe, where truth is believed to reside, the scuttlebutt was that Matt Lauer's next co-host will be the crisp and companionable Savannah Guthrie, who helms Today's third hour.

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Ann Curry Tearfully Announces She's Leaving Today

Ann Curry Announces She's Leaving Today

Originally posted 06/28/2012 09:05AM

Ann Curry will no longer co-host the Today show – effective immediately.

"This is not easy to say," a choked-up Curry, 55, announced on Thursday's show, as her costars sat on the sofa next to her. She said Thursday would be her last day as a regular on the show, but "I will still be part of the Today show family, in a different role."

She said she has been "given a fancy new title" and will roam the globe for NBC, reporting the news.

With tears in her eyes, she expressed her gratitude and love for the viewers and the behind-the-scenes staff, and said, "To those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line – but, man, I did try."

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Who Should Be Matt Lauer's New Today Show Co-Host? | Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales

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Ann Curry May Leave Today – Who Should Succeed Her?

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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Matt Lauer, Howard Stern Hug and Kiss on Today Show

Originally posted 05/10/2012 08:30AM



It was a sight you don't see every day: Howard Stern, sitting on Matt Lauer's lap with his arms around the Today host, and pressing his lips against Matt's cheek.

For his part, Lauer was smiling ear to ear.

It all started at the end of an interview Thursday in which Stern mostly discussed his role as a judge on the new season of NBC's America's Got Talent, which debuts Monday. After also analyzing his contract disagreement with Sirius Radio, Stern started to say something personal as Lauer tried to wrap up the segment.

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Bobby Brown: I Did Not Get Whitney Hooked on Drugs (VIDEO)

Bobby Brown: I Did Not Get Whitney Houston Hooked on Drugs

Originally posted 05/02/2012 08:05AM

Bobby Brown will not accept the theory that he is responsible for his ex-wife Whitney Houston's death. Nor does he believe he is the one who got the music legend hooked on drugs.

"Not true," the R&B singer, 43, tells Matt Lauer in a Today show interview Tuesday, Brown's first since the Feb. 11 death of Houston. "I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney. I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all."

Brown insists drugs were already part of Houston's life "way before" their relationship. "It's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [claim that I] got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone."

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Matt Lauer Announces He's Staying on Today | Matt Lauer

Today

Matt Lauer Announces He's Staying on Today

Originally posted 04/06/2012 07:15AM

Hardly a cliffhanger, given that the news broke out Thursday, but still nice to know – Matt Lauer is sticking with Today, he confirmed on Friday's program.

The NBC morning host first joked that he was developing a new show in which viewers could tune in every day and "see the host lose a little bit more of his hair." Failing that, Lauer said, "This is my family, this is my show ... let's keep going."

His co-host Ann Curry and weatherman Al Roker applauded, and Curry called his announcement "a huge bit of great news."

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Matt Lauer Signs New Deal with Today | Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales

Matt Lauer Signs New Deal with Today

Originally posted 04/05/2012 08:00PM

Matt Lauer may have joked around that Ryan Seacrest was out to replace him, but it turns out the Today show host isn't going anywhere for a while.

A rep for NBC confirms to PEOPLE that Lauer, 54, has signed a new long-term contract with NBC News as co-anchor of the Today show.

Lauer will make the official announcement on NBC's Today show Friday morning.

On Wednesday, Seacrest announced plans to participate in NBC's primetime coverage of the Summer Olympics.

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