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'Today' Show Stunt

Al Roker Faux Filthy Rant on Billy Bush

3/21/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

032114_al_roker_launch_v3The "Today" show has an interesting new strategy for regaining its king-of-the-morning title ... do a phony, f***-laced meltdown with  Al Roker ... but the show needs some pointers ... which TMZ will gladly offer.

We just got this video of Al going off on Billy Bush, who was interviewing Johnny Weir during the Sochi Olympics.  The clip has a whispery set-up, where Al seems to be schooling Billy who just doesn't know his place on the broadcasting food chain.

And then Al rants ... and it's dirty. And NBC clearly wanted us and everyone else to run it ... which we will gladly do. 

Advice to NBC:  Lose the crew from the shot.  The camera guy can barely focus he's laughing so hard.  Also, use a lavalier mic (clip-on), rather than a boom.  The boom is in Al's face so there's no way anyone would believe it's authentic.  And, get Al an acting lesson or 2.  The overacting is felonious.

Nonetheless .... it's an interesting new strategy.  We'll see if foul-mouth stunts actually work.

43 COMMENTS

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may28    

Watching it...its just a joke. No one is serious here

213 days ago
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Jackie    

TMZ giving NBC advise...ha ha.....Really?

213 days ago
3.

jenlolo    

Is like Kim Kardashian pretending to be a clash mother and future wife :) so desperate for attention and drama everywhere

213 days ago
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Marco Polo    

Cliche but funny Al.

213 days ago
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CelebrityScum    

Al Roker is a hack. How does he even keep a job?

213 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

They're just doing what the KarTRASHians have been doing for years

213 days ago
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LastOfADyingBreed    

Al is just showing everything bald is beautiful. lls

213 days ago
8.

cj    

Does anyone still watch this show?

213 days ago
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Joe    

the Today show is pathetic. Get rid of the host. He's nothing more than a pompous ass now.

213 days ago
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Truth    

Johnny Weir has a groupie at the TMZ office today posting all this crap.

213 days ago
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Vote2012    

Bring back Willard Scott I have never liked Al Roker since he lost weight, he has turned into an angry guy.

213 days ago
12.

al baby    

Can the black dude and just put Stephanie Abrams on the air in as little as possible Win Win

213 days ago
13.

static    

Funnier than an SNL skit but you really don't have to try very hard to be funnier than that.

213 days ago
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Tracy    

From my perspective, it doesn't look like a feigned confrontation, but a joke between coworkers.

213 days ago
15.

Observer    

F'ing STUPID!

213 days ago
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