1:55 pm, June 7th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Couric was particularly bubbly and a little sassy on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where she had some disparaging things to say about Donald Trump’s recent behavior:
“He actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart, but I think he was just acting like a jackass for a while.”
Couric said that though she’d mingled with the Donald at “events in New York” (Leno said he had too, of course) where he’d been pleasant (Leno noted how polite the Trump children were at such events), she found the whole presidential bid to be “strange.”
6:35 pm, June 6th | by Amy Tennery
Jeff Zucker is back… sort of.
ABC announced today that former “Today” show co-host and more-recently-former host of “CBS Evening News” Katie Couric would be launching a new syndicated talk show on its network, confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry.
Zucker, meanwhile, will produce the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
11:55 am, May 24th | by Amy Tennery
A new documentary called “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” chronicles the 32-city standup tour the forsaken late night host launched after his brutal split from NBC. By most accounts, it paints him as sympathetic, wounded, beloved and, yes, hilarious. And while O’Brien is safely settled over at TBS now, the documentary reportedly reexamines the personal pain he went through during the fallout with NBC.
Yep, it’s absolute last thing Jeff Zucker wants to see released right now.
12:29 pm, May 9th | by Hillary Reinsberg
If you’re out as head of NBC, how better to show a few of your hundred nearest and dearest that you’ve still got it? Invite Kanye West to perform at your son’s Bar Mitzvah. Oh wait, what if Kanye says he’ll only do it for a million dollars?
Unfortunately for both teenage Andrew, and the elder Zucker’s ego, Kanye’s price was too high, according to The New York Post. However, rapper Drake did step in, though for an allegedly more reasonable price, to celebrate Andrew Zucker’s ascension to manhood. Although, considering the whole bash cost $250,000, we’re not sure it was all that reasonable of a performance fee after all.
Once the rap act debacle was settled, there were plenty of other things to gawk at.
10:34 am, May 5th | by Amy Tennery
One of NBC’s top communications execs is out, according to the New York Post, allegedly over his ongoing friendship with Katie Couric. Jealousy much?
Kevin Goldman, a communications vice president, allegedly had gobs of correspondence with the former “Today” show anchor in his email — which NBC higher ups reportedly spotted. Goldman left immediately after the discovery, sources say. Awkward!
But here’s where it gets confusing — sources close to Goldman say that the six-year NBC vet had “started looking elsewhere weeks ago,” after anticipating possible job cuts due to the Comcast merger. It’s a chicken-and-the-egg type of situation, if we’ve ever heard one.
9:48 am, May 5th | by Amy Tennery
Welcome to Scene and Heard, Mogulite’s regular column tracking the moguls who play as hard as they work. From charities to parties and from St. Barths to Davos, we leave no stone unturned. Eat your heart out, Robin Leach.
Last night we feted the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at its fourth annual Spring Ball. We also caught up with some moguls in the house…
– Event Co-Chair and fashion mogul Tory Burch told us she’s jetting off to Taiwan on Sunday for the opening of a new store, likely the first of several new outlets in Asia (Burch said her label is planning to expand across the continent in the coming months). Burch was decked out in a jewel-toned purple Vera Wang gown, which she said her “friend Mario pick out” for her. And, for the record, when she said her “friend Mario,” she meant Mario Grauso, the President of Vera Wang. Sure. And I was dressed in a J. Crew skirt. Which my mom picked out for me. Take that, Burch!
4:08 pm, May 4th | by Peter Lauria
When Jeff Zucker was at the helm of NBC, he was fond of saying that the broadcast television model was broken. Throughout the takeover process for the Peacock network, however, Comcast’s Steve Burke was adamant about his commitment to it. The ratings success of “The Voice,” shows what a difference a little faith and some financial resources make. In essence, it is a rebuke of Zucker’s mentality.
While NBC has scored critical — if not ratings — success with shows like “The Office” and “30 Rock,” “The Voice” represents its first legitimate ratings smash since the first season of “Heroes.” A total of 12.4 million people watched last night’s episode of the singing competition, up 5 percent from its premiere week. More importantly, “The Voice” beat all of its competition, including ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” in the all-important 18-49 year old demographic that advertisers love — no easy feat.
11:25 am, May 4th | by Amy Tennery
This gem of a soundbite from the Future of Capitalism blog nearly escaped our attention. Former NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker made some unusually candid remarks at an annual luncheon for the Harvard Crimson, during which he applauded General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt for doing what he calls “a very good job.”
In what must be an increasingly annoying trend for Zucker, it sounds as though the majority of the questions directed at him during this public appearance related to his mistakes over at NBC.