Maria Shriver is almost single and now gainfully employed ... as a "special anchor reporting on women's issues" for the "Today" show.
TMZ has previously reported ... Shriver wanted to get back into the broadcasting game, but didn't want the day-to-day grind. She also wanted a TON of money. We're told Arnold repeatedly told her she was always worth way more than NBC wanted to pay.
Now Shriver will report on "Today" from time to time about all things women -- from faith to finances.
As for her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger ... our sources say it's close but no cigar yet -- still some squabbling over finances.
I Finally Learned That
Beating Women Is Wrong
4/1/2013 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It took Chris Brown 23 years but he's finally done it -- he's learned that hitting women is a bad thing!
CB sat down with Matt Lauer on "Today" this morning and actually opened up about his relationship with Rihanna, rather than throw a chair through a window when asked about it.
"As far as me and her are concerned," Brown said ... "She knows my heart and I know her heart. I'm not really focused on the negative, everything about it is positive for me. I did my 52 weeks of counseling and learned that it was absolutely wrong."
So that's a 23-year-old man ... having to learn that beating the living crap out of a woman ... is wrong.
Gold star for you, Chris.
FLIPS OFF Matt Lauer
Your Vacuum Joke Sucks!
3/29/2013 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Matt Lauer definitely got the finger from co-host Savannah Guthrie this morning ... live on 'Today' ... only question is -- which finger?
During a segment on vacuum cleaners ... Matt cracked, "By the way this is the first time Savannah has ever used a vacuum."
Savannah apparently thought she was off camera when she fired off a one-finger salute in Matt's direction!
But wait ...
Savannah immediately hit her Twitter page to claim it was NOT the bird, and just her index finger.
She might have a point, but still -- considering all the crap Matt's been catching lately -- Savannah's intent is there, no?
I'm Down w/ Anderson
Replacing Me on 'Today'
3/27/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources connected with NBC tell TMZ ... network honchos approached Anderson Cooper about the possibility of replacing Matt Lauer on the "Today" show at some point ... not immediately but at some point.
There is a story on Deadline.com that Matt made a call to Anderson to express his disapproval ... TMZ has confirmed that is inaccurate and that call never happened.
In fact, sources connected with the network and Lauer tell TMZ that Lauer is actually on board with the idea of Anderson replacing him ... and he actually planned to have a meeting with Anderson to sit down and discuss it. We're told Matt put that meeting on hold because of a negative article that appeared in "NY Magazine" a few days ago.
'Today' Wants Her
3/20/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maria Shriver was a smash hit on the "Today" show Monday and sources say NBC honchos are talking about a more permanent deal ... but we're told something big is standing in the way ... MONEY.
Maria -- who was a fixture at NBC for a long time and hosted "Dateline" -- has been courted by the network for years ... especially when hubby Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor of CA.
The former first lady of CA -- who reported from the Vatican -- has turned down the overtures of NBC as well as other networks. Sources say several networks and cable stations have approached her to do a talk show and she turned them down flat.
Maria, sources say, doesn't want a daily gig because she just doesn't want to work that hard. She's deep into charity work and also raising her kids, and she's just not that into it.
But here's the real deal breaker ... Maria is loaded. Her reported worth is north of $100 mil and that could increase by as much as $200 mil when her divorce is final. We're told the networks have offered her money at various times and for most people it would be a huge deal -- for Maria ... sources say it's not gonna change her life and isn't nearly enough to make her sign a contract.
Short story -- Maria may tease NBC by coming on from time to time, but it's unlikely you'll ever see her every day on TV ... ever again.
Kathie Lee Gifford
People Who Shave Their
Vaginas Are STUPID
3/15/2013 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kathie Lee and Hoda were talking pubes on "Today" Friday morning ... and discussing if certain personality traits fall in line with how a woman manicures her special area.
Kathie Lee made it clear ... she rocks the full vagina-fro ... and she's damn proud of it.
Hoda on the other hand ... not so much.
Just watch the video.
DRUNK On 'Today'
... Or Just Goofy??
2/22/2013 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:28 AM PST: A rep for Paula tells TMZ ... the notion that she was drunk is ridiculous, because Paula's not a drinker.
She INSISTED the morning mojito she sipped on was of the virgin variety ... but Paula Deen's goofy, salsa-dancing, chicken-ball obsessed appearance on "Today" had the Internet asking ... was she drunk??
Deen and her son kicked it with the morning show gang in Miami this morning to talk food -- but Deen was taking the conversation all over the place ... and people on Twitter began to question her sobriety.
She started with an impromptu hip-shaking salsa dance ... before talking about a run-in with a skunk that went down before the show began. Deen also tried to make the hosts smell her hands.
Doesn't seem like she was hammered ... just her usual loud, uninhibited self.
Still, we gotta ask ...
Un-Vailed in Colorado
2/20/2013 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ now knows where in the world Matt Lauer is ... skiing his face off in Vail.
As we previously reported ... Matt took the week off from "Today" to spend time with his kids ... smack in the middle of a critical sweeps period ... when show ratings = ad money.
The pic shows Matt purchasing a pair of ski boots today at Surefoot in Vail, Colorado.
The salesman tells TMZ, Lauer came in and said, "Gimme the best thing you have for my foot" ... so he obliged.
Coincidentally, the salesman's friend is Matt's ski instructor ... who called Matt a "solid skier."
While Matt plays in the snow, the "Today" show is getting trounced by "Good Morning America" -- on Monday, "GMA" beat "Today" by 800,000 viewers. On Tuesday, nearly a million.
And today should be devastating for "Today" because it's Robin Roberts first day back on "GMA."
In fairness, we're told Matt has taken off in years past at exactly the same time -- when his kids are off from school.
Kathie Lee and Hoda
'Tension' Over 'Today'
2/15/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are at loggerheads over moving their hour of "Today" to Hollywood ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to "Today" tell TMZ ... Kathie Lee has been lobbying to move the show for a long time, but Hoda has been adamant -- she wants to stay in NYC.
Our sources say Hoda felt the heat was off when Kathie Lee started doing her Broadway show ... she thought Kathie Lee might get off the whole L.A. thing. But when the show wrapped in December, Kathie Lee immediately started pushing again for an L.A. move.
Our sources say there is "some tension" between Hoda and Kathie Lee ... which began when Hoda felt Kathie Lee snubbed her by not promoting her book on the air.
"Both women are really strong, so tension is almost inevitable," says one source. For now, they've reached a compromise ... they would do the show for a few weeks here and there in L.A., but we're told Kathie Lee is unbending -- she wants to make the move.
Sources connected to CAA -- the mega-talent agency which now reps Hoda -- tell TMZ ... Hoda wants new projects in addition to "Today" and if the agency gets her some gigs in L.A. that could change things, but for now she and Kathie Lee are East Coast/West Coast rivals.
... I Think
1/30/2013 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is gay ... at least he thinks he's gay ... he's not really sure -- at least that's what he told Dr. Phil.
Phil appeared on "Today" this morning ... and dished about his interview with the man behind the Manti Te'o not-really-dead girlfriend hoax.
"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," Phil said of Ronaiah.
"I ask him straight up ... was this a romantic relationship with you? And he says, 'Yes.'"
Phil continued ... "I said, are you then, therefore, gay? And he says, 'Well, when you put it that way, yes.'"
Phil says Ronaiah then "caught himself" and said, "I am confused."
Phil says Ronaiah admitted to running the hoax -- but says he had a number of life experiences that left him "damaged" in many serious ways.
As we previously reported, Manti says he had NOTHING to do with the hoax and was just an innocent victim. He also told Katie Couric he was FAR, FAR, FAR from gay.
On His Own Show
1/15/2013 3:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
First he sharts ... and now Al Roker is urinating all over the "Today" show -- figuratively speaking (actually, the sharting was real).
Roker groused to a reporter that our story on Al pooping his pants at the White House should not have blown up the way it did because it was old news.
But as Al explained ...he spoke about the sharting incident on the "Today" show several days before and nobody cared -- it was only when the story appeared online that anyone noticed.
In so many words ... he's saying the "Today" show is irrelevant.
NBC bosses have gotta love Al ... even more than Al loves a clean pair of shorts.
ESPN Should NOT Have
Apologized for Ogling
1/9/2013 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Webb -- the GF of Alabama star QB A.J. McCarron -- says ESPN had no reason to issue an apology for Brent Musburger's televised swooning during the BCS Championship game ... because the comments were nothing but flattering.
Webb appeared on "Today" moments ago and stood up for the 73-year-old --saying, “I think the media has been really unfair to [Musburger]."
She added, "If he would’ve said something along the line that we were hot or sexy or made any derogatory statements like that, I think that would’ve been a little bit different, but the fact that he said that we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t see why any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that."
ESPN later issued an apology for Brent's comments -- but Webb says, "I don’t think it was needed, honestly. Of course, I appreciate it, but at the same time, I don’t think that I needed an apology.’’
People Are Screaming
Bad Things At Me!!!
12/27/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Matt Lauer is "freaked out" that people -- and lots of them -- have been screaming at him on the streets of Manhattan, calling him names and blaming him for the demise of Ann Curry.
Network sources tell TMZ ... Matt is "miserable" over what he believes are hateful and unfair tirades. Matt says the harassment is constant, with people screaming things like "You're a bad guy,"and "You got Ann fired. Does that make you happy?"
Matt is telling people at NBC there have also been lots of sarcastic comments about his $25 million salary. He feels "abused," insisting Ann's firing is not his fault. But, as TMZ first reported, Matt made it clear when he re-signed -- he didn't want Ann in the picture.
One network source says, "It's driving him crazy. He's so unhappy."
As for Matt's future at "Today," it's secure by default. Aside from the fact that he has a contract, our network sources say NBC honchos are stuck. They have no one who can step in and stop the bleeding. As for Willie Geist, the new, 9 AM "Today" host, one very connected source says the sentiment is, "He's not ready. He's not there yet."