“Today” hosts Al Roker, formerly of Yorktown, and Matt Lauer, formerly of Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, did the Lower Hudson Valley and America proud this morning with the following triumphant athletic exhibition:
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(Courtesy of MSNBC.com; via BestWeekEver.tv.)
Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!
RINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but BeyoncÃ© seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)
MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)
PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)
BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)
VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)
(AP Photo/Darryl Dyck,THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Meredith and Katie, it’s so on. The two have signed on to skewer Westchester native Matt Lauer at the annual Friars Club Roast in NYC on October 24, according to People Mag. While I’m not exactly sure what kind of roastmaster Al Roker will be, I’m already envisioning Katie taking Matt to task for his “glib” understanding of psychiatry and, for that matter, Scientology.
Couric: No, Matt. Here’s the problem.Â You don’t know the history of psychiatry.Â I do.
Vieira: And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem.Â That’s what it does.Â That’s all it does.Â You’re not getting to the reason why.
Couric: Matt.Â Matt, Matt, you don’t even â€” you’re glib.
Vieira:Â Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt …
Ah, good times. Takes me back.
Anyway, Lauer’s plan for the evening, according to what he said to the AP:
“I fully plan to, like, bring an iPod in my sport jacket and run the headsets up to where they can’t see it into my ears so I won’t even hear half of it.”
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?
A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco
The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.
The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.
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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?
A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)
The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.
Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.
North Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.
His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).
Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.
Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).
(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)
Granted, Bonnie Fuller’s rag, Star, isn’t exactly the most reliable source. Still, the magazine’s story this week about how Vieira, an Irvington resident, wants to jump ship is simply too juicy to ignore.
The mag quoted from several unidentified sources and friends in the story (which, annoyingly, isn’t online). Among the best quotes: “Meredith told me she’s already planning her exit strategy so she can leave ‘Today’ with her dignity intact. … For her, it’s been a noble experiment that hasn’t worked as well as she had hoped.”
It’s not totally unbelievable that Vieira would want to spend more time at home, especially given that she has three teenage children. On the flipside, leaving NBC would mean breaching her four-year, $10-million contract. Not to mention, her old cushy gig at ‘The View’ has already been taken by Whoopi.
Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the “Sesame Street” contributions of former Lower Hudson Valley residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker; the perilous bull-related accident of Upper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin; and the appearances of Piermont resident and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” alumnus Alan Ruck on “The Bronx is Burning.”
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Yorktown High School alumnus Eric Stein appears on what current reality TV show?
Further proof that “Sesame Street” is as much for adults as it is for kids, Matt Lauer is part of a star-studded campaign to teach young viewers new words with the show’s new “Word on the Street” segment.
Lauer says the word “newspaper” in a celebritastic promo (click on the first video). To return the favor to the man who spent most of his childhood years in Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, I will say the word “morning show” in this post. Wait, that’s two words. You owe us a “Suburbarazzi,” Lauer!
A fellow “Word on the Street” celeb with LoHud connections is former Yorktown resident Al Roker, who unravels his wallet photos for the word “family.” Aww.
Among the other stars in the promo are Sarah Jessica Parker, Howie Mandel, Tyra Banks, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, Chad Pennington, Ellen DeGeneres, James Blunt (really?), Chris Brown and Conan O’Brien.
Actually, I’ve named all of the stars in the promo except one I can’t identify: the blondish woman in the coral long-sleeve and purple floral blouse who explains that that day’s word is “WINDY!” Who is she, loyal readers?
Appearing on the Monday premiere for the show’s 38th(!) season will be Brown, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and — my personal favorite of all these celebs — Tina Fey, according to Gothamist.
(Photo: The Journal News/Mark Vergari.)
And the lucky LoHudder getting the interview gig? None other than Irvington resident Meredith Vieira.
Another surprise: NBC getting the gig instead of ABC, despite the fact that Barbara Walters had become so close to the Hiltons. As the NY Post reported, “ABC was the front-runner until NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker personally called Hilton’s father Rick and made the pitch, the sources said.” Meredith apparently was chosen by Paris because of quote-unquote “disparaging” remarks that Westchester native Matt Lauer made about her.
“NBC’S $1M DEAL FOR PARIS CHAT” [NY Post]
CORRECTION: Turns out that Meredith Vieira didn’t land the Paris Hilton interview after all. The NY Post reports that NBC’s top brass nixed the deal, and then Larry King swooped in book Hilton. Amazingly, CNN isn’t paying a dime.
The answer for this week’s quiz question — which local mega celebrity said they would consider doing “Dancing with the Stars”? — is after the break.