Rumors about morning television

One thing that has changed dramatically in the past ten years is how fast not only news travels, but rumors. Rumors usually do take on a life of their own, especially when it has to do with whether someone is leaving a station or network or newspaper or got fired.

Willie Geist (via Wikimedia Commons) and Natalie Morales (via US Navy)

Willie Geist (via Wikimedia Commons) and Natalie Morales (via U.S. Navy)

This week was no different when a rumor started circulating that Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were fired from NBC’s “Today” show. It apparently started when Us Weekly published a story saying the duo were let go by the network. NBC News president Deborah Turness spoke out quickly denying any truth to the report.

“In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”  –Deborah Turness to CNN Money

Now, there may be moves in the near future as Turness did fire “Today”‘s general manager Jamie Horowitz. But for now, Turness says everyone on deck has been accounted for and no one is being tossed overboard.


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