I don't understand why The Today Show brought in Tamron Hall especially on the second part of the show with Willie, Natalie, and Al Roker. The team was just fine! She's too loud, takes up too much time when giving input. Almost no time for Willie or the others to speak. And she interrupts when others are speaking. She needs to go... Jenna Bush was much better! But I still think the initial group was just fine.
The today show nabs the Olympics and I love the olympics but they do such a poor job of interviewing the athletes and winners and make it all about them. This cast of characters including Jenna Bush is so self absorbed, even Al Roker has to have a disagreement on his twitter account. Really?? Why don't you ask Kelly Clark about snowboarding at 30 and how she reinvents herself and throws new tricks. Ask the 3 slope style skiers what their goals are for the next round of competition being that they are all so close and friends. How do they challenge each other while still being individuals? Please come up with something better. I used to love the Olympics but then the Today show painted it with stupid gags. Meridith Viera is the only decent thing and even she is acting ridiculous. Please stop embarrassing USA -our athletes worked hard to be there.
Hey Jeff, Thanks for putting a bad light on a small and hard working struggling to survive small town businesses.... You should really have done that story differently!!!! What people really need to realize is that those big companies have those pictures in the books done with prime flowers in their prime season in the perfect lighting. those companies DO NOT provide florist with all of those vases, flowers and accessories for FREE. It is impossible for a florist to have it all !!! The florist's job is not an easy one, we Love our job and our customer's, but you need to understand the business better. First imagine having no idea what item is going to be your best seller so you stock what you hope will be the ones and add in some more for good luck . at a very high cost and possible loss... You order in the flowers needed to fill those items, with No real idea of how many you will actually need, whole sellers, say oh we don't have that flower available or that color , or that amount.. Sometimes the flowers come in and they are crap, again not the florist, from the whole seller, florist tries to get replacements, send back bad ones, replace with something different cause you can be sure there are none of the right ones available. Florist order ahead of time and customers order last minute. Floral arrangements take time, especially quality ones, we all strive to do the best we can in the time we have. It gets really crazy on the holidays. we work 12 -16 hr days with little or no breaks, no days off, multi task constantly... Try to fill orders in the order they came in. Imagine having a box of 50 orders you are working to fill already with basically the same flowers and all of your delivery people are already out for the next 5 hours and having 20 people calling at 12:00 and saying I need you to deliver this order before 3:00 and then getting mad cause it is impossible to be done. Imagine delivering hundreds of flowers in two days!!!! Then to suggest that the florist take pictures of each arrangement and send to customer before sending??? Ok for regular days not on holidays , we're lucky to get to the bathroom once or twice during the whole shift of 12 hrs or more. Our phones and computers are ringing and running continuously as is, and there is no room nor budget for hiring more help.... We are what we are and try to be the best we can be with what we have to offer. Yes sometimes mistakes happen and deliveries get missed we don't like it either but we are human too and try to do what we can to make it up. We know how important it is to our customers to provide good service and that is why we recommend skipping the big order companies and call your local florist ahead of time for the best results and early delivery doesn't hurt either!!!! ;)
I've been watching the Today Show as a part of my morning routine. Everyone is natural and quite entertaining except for Natalie. She comes across insecure, stuffy, and quite honestly not funny. She doesn"t have the natural spontaneity that this job requires. Its really hard to watch knowing that others can do the job better. Jenna B. is likeable and can probably fill these shoes effortlessly. I'm close to switching to Fox but most definitely will continue to change the channel during the boring Natalie hour. Love Kathie Lee and Hoda!
well you complained that California wines may skyrocket their prices due to drought ---- well all I can say is buy NEW YORK STATE WINES ---- YOU'LL BE SURPRISED TO FIND THEIR THE BEST ---NOT CALIFORNIA GO NEW YORK
Since the arrival of Ms. Hill, the weekend edition of the show has has taken a dive. Ms. hill's on air presence is absolutely zero. Droll, uninteresting and boring is what the show has become. I can see why she was removed from CBS. Jenna brought life to the broadcast, fast paced and exciting. She brought out the life in Lester, always having fun and keeping viewers interest. I find myself unconsciously turning the sound down when Ms. Hill is on, only turning it up when my wife ask after a minute of silence. She likes the background noise while eating. Since Ms. Hill now sits next to Lester, he has reverted back into his weekday persona. But this is the weekend, I want to relax, put my hair down and have fun. if I want droll, I'll turn on CNN. The weekend desk is not for Ms. Hill, she needs to go and have Jenna return
Seems Kate Gosselin may not have prepared her girls well for the Today interview and she's taking heat for it. But, Savannah was inappropriate as well! She couldn't relate to Cara and Maddie at all. Why was she put on the interview? She doesn't have kids of her own and obviously can't communicate well with kids that age. Those questions were strange and awkward! Started out, something to the effect, "what is it you want us to know?" No wonder those poor girls couldn't respond! Terrible interview, but it had the potential to be great because we haven't seen the girls in quite some time on TLC and now they are growing up! I wouldn't have brought Kate out at all and put a different interviewer on the job. BOO Savannah!
Please tell your people that every time they say "between you and I," "with Don and I," and "to Sally and I" they sound like uneducated nitwits. Learn to use objective case pronouns correctly if you want to call yourselves professionals. Someone should have paid attention in junior high.
I love Lester Holt but I continue to be disappointed with Erica Hill as his co-host. Jenna Wolfe was and is a much more personable co-host. I'll never understand why we lost Jenna as co-host. Please bring her back.
The show has targeted a younger audience and appears to be hip, current, and everyone talks over each other. It's almost like middle school where everyone tries to get their comments in and it's coming across as Middle School 101. There is no maturity level on the show and they laugh at almost anything like they are trying to get everyone in that feel good moment I sure miss Ann as she was the only one who demonstrated good judgment and was not caught up in the everyone trying to upstage each other. Sometimes, when I watch, it's like they are all on death row; hoping they get that call from the governor.
November is over and the facial hair has got to go!!! Matt's mustache is horrible and Al's makes him look 20 years older!! I hate to be so mean but what has happened to having a professional image? If a women let herself go like that she wouldn't even be close to a camera!
Also please let the guest talk!!!!!!! So many of them talk over each other it give me a headache, I know this morning why I stopped watching months ago and I've already had to turn it off! Great show gone bad.
These ladies are way to aggressive. Their behavior depicts those who wants to be heard no matter what! Even if that means interrupting each other or the other cast members. I've also seen them bringing that behavior over to the guests. Come on people! Those guys didn't get up at the crack of dawn only to be talked over and treated like a piece of meat. The interview is about them not your thoughts,ideas and opinion on the subject at hand. I swear, I just want to scream at the TV sometimes to just "shut up" and let them talk. Getting to be too much. Who wants to start their day off with so much aggression and bullying? Not me!
I watch the to-day show on NBC because it is the Channel my local news is totally they encourage the people in the crowd to start to scream ,I am a combat veteran and that hurst my immediatly change the channel to FOX to avoid the pain in my head because of the screamming!!Could the people AT NBC please discontinue this unnecessary noise,Thank you!
The Today Show has deteriorated to a bad soap opera. Suggestions include: Get rid of Savanah - she thinks she runs the show, comes across as insincere when interviewing people, continually tilts her head back and looks down her nose at everyone and is a just terrible as the female lead! Get rid of Al Roker - he is so full of himself no wonder he has weight problems and adds nothing resembling intelligence to the show! What's up with this new stupid Orange Room - need I say more - I think Stupid describes it in one work. Matt could be good if he finally had a co anchor who wasn't trying to run the network as her next step. Natalie Morales is the most human of all of them. Perhaps you start with her since she seems to have intelligence, empathy and comes across as credible then build from there. And if watching one fiasco in the morning isn't enough, it is followed by two disgusting "cougars" Hoda and Kathy Lee. Can we say desperate!!! This show adds absolutely nothing to your network line up. NBC does a great job in the evening with Brian Williams so why can't they get it right in the morning?
Completely agree with the posting by earthwarrior54. Iwas an avid watcher of the Today Show, but it has now degenerated into the most awful TV tabloid. New management has done nothing to improve the program. The only thing that will give the show a chance is getting rid of people like Al Roker, who is a victim of his own self assessment. Natalie Morales would be a prime candidate for the lead in a remake of the movie "To Die Willie Geist? Enough said; just free Willie. Matt Lauer? Hang up your mike. In short, start from scratch and get a show that has no personality cult people. Is shorter and has more focused content. By this I mean what is happening TODAY.
There was a time many - many years ago I used to actually enjoy this show. It was the only news cast I'd watch as I got ready for work in the morning. Even as recent as 911 I recall being glued to the TV as events of the day unfolded. But over the years it's just become the most obnoxious show on in the morning. I can't even call it a news show - CNN is news this is tabloid crap at best told by people who think they are celebrities or comedians or both. First, the live loud outside audience is old & tired & just gives me a migraine!. Been there done that for way too long. Now it's like people - get a life. What fool is going to stand out there in the cold & rain to see Al Roker or no lips Guthrie? I used to respect Al Roker but now his ego has taken place of the weight he's lost & he's NOT funny! Poor Matt was given the position of host of the Today show so many years ago but he continues to be squashed by over egotistical females who just walk all over him. I remember when he took over for Gumball & Couric just stepped right over that promotion & it quickly became the Couric / Lauer competition hour. And jump to today.... when it comes on I am soon to change the channel. Then to add insult to injury they bring on Kathie Lee & Hoda. Who names their kid Hoda anyway? I'd rather stick needles in my eyes then listen to the 2 of them. These people are not actors, comedians or celebrities: they are newscasters & weathermen. Is this really what they envisioned back in the day when they choose their career paths? This isn't news, it's garbage, tabloid trash with no value. But then hey, at the end of the day it's all about the paycheck right? And God knows they are getting paid well. NBC lost its way a long time ago & by many of the other comments on here I am not the only one who'd like to see this be the "yesterday show". Now in the words of singer . "please shut up, please shut up!"
I would hope that if you were going to cover the storms in Illinois, that you would choose to also cover the devastating storm that hit the southern tip of Illinois in the community of Brookport. It is a very small community with three confirmed deaths now that took a devastating blow of destruction. I am not sure why you only focus on Washington, Ill except for the fact that it is near Chicago, but there are other places that are suffering just as much and have seen as much or more devastation. I think that it would be diligent on your part to be unbiased in your reporting to make sure that you are bringing all aspects of these storms to light and not just the area you choose to highlight.
I was raised on the Today show and remember hearing the them song as my signal to wake up for school! My history is long with this show and it pains me to see it implode in this way! But the last straw was the "Puppy Party" this morning. Watching Tamryn roll on the floor with puppies crawling all over her was all I could take! Then to add insult to our intelligence and morning dining routines, they decided to discuss what the puppies left behind in the Orange Room! What?! And who came up with this Orange Room concept? And the swiping of the screen is supposed to make us feel like the Today show is current? Because they give updates on celebrities?? Where is the real news and, by this point, considering we've lost all respect for anyone left on "the couch" even the real stuff doesn't come across as credible anymore. What a desperate attempt to capture the youth market, but even that is insulting to our young people. They're not watching the Today show so why bother?? This new charade is geared toward idiots who want to be entertained in the morning and not informed. All the chatter and banter among the 9:00 hosts make my ears bleed and my head ache! I am so done with this show!
This show used to be my morning ritual, but since dumbing it down to try to recoup their audience, it's devolved into a noisy, chatty mess. There used to be a balance of actual news and intelligent content mixed with the lighter stuff, but rarely anymore can I find a reason to leave it on before my ears start bleeding. They're desperately pandering with an ever-growing cast instead of focusing on quality. And I agree 100% with Needpolite below: Natalie Moralis constantly talks over people. Last but not least (since I will never be back on this site again)---I'm tired of all the grief Matt Lauer has taken over the Ann Curry firing. Ann Curry appears to be a very nice woman, clearly compassionate and feeling toward her interviewees, and not afraid of a challenging field assignment. But that does not mean she was appropriate as the co-host on the show. She could not read well, she was too soft and not quick-witted in the way Meredith Vieira or Savannah Guthrie or Katie Couric are. You have to be more than a kind person to be able to handle the position she was given.
Natalie interrupts every sentence Willie and Al starts. Even after a piece on finishing other people's sentences she constantly interrupted. It makes her appear insecure. Is she afraid the show will let her go?
Now I get it, the Today Show really is trying to attract the dumb and naive viewer. For the 5 minutes that they actually report the news, could they be more one-sided. It has really gotten bad in the last 6 mos. As an educated moderate that cares about our country and its economy, I want somewhat objective news from the Today Show- both sides. Stop trying to pretend your being honest and fair! Why are you AFRAID to report the atrocities happening daily in the White House- the lack of leadership? Now, as a long- time viewer I have to turn you off- not buying your irresponsible reporting manipulation tactics anymore. I would think most informed smart viewers will do the same.
I was a long time viewer of the Today Show, but I just couldn't continue to watch the fluff that they consider news any longer. Most of the show is updates on "celebrities", chatter amongst themselves with stupid jokes and personal information. Who cares? And when did Al become one of the anchors? No one is interested in his opinions and his "jokes". Let him go back to reporting the weather. Matt has become arrogant and his treatment of Paula Deen, is still today, one of the lowest points of his career and the show. What is the point of the Orange Room and Carson Daly? Love Hoda & Kathy Lee, but hate the woman is is always cackling at everything they say. It's so annoying.
Same pig just different lipstick I did not watch for 2 years, whe I red about the make over I was hopeing they also changed the format. However it was the same pig just different lipstick. I'll check back again in a year to see if the ship has been corrected or if cbs took iver the second slot
I usually don't take precious time out of my day to actually make a complaint, BUT, I feel it is necessary to save The Today Show! Lately, my husband and I cannot even make it through a show. We've been loyal viewers since Jane Pauley & Tom Brokaw but find the Today Show has become the Parenting Network! Yesterday, I took the time to write down everytime they talked about parents, babies & children. How about 8:21am,-8:25am, 8:32-8:33, 8:45-8:50, & 8:56-8:57 I finally had to give it up.. I know it's only for a few minutes, but they add up. I love children, but don't want to watch a show that constantly harps on it. Also, Jenna Wolfe and Jenna Bush are too much to put up with. I can't stand either one of them! Willie, Al, Natalie and especially Mel B are very inspiring but please don't have them do anymore segments on parenting, babies & kids. We watch the Today Show to hear the NEWS and yes, stories of the stars occasionally, but not babies, parents & kids in every other segment. Also, Kathy Lee & Hoda need to tighten up - they are too focused on drinking/boozing and everyone talks at the same time including the lady in the background who hoots and hollers constantly (JoAnne?) Why doesn't she get her own show??? Obviously she wants to be on camera so bad! OK, I've vented - now I feel better. Hopefully, you will take my comments to heart and listen to a long time viewer who has always supported the Today Show. Let's just call this an intervention because I care enough. Thanks!
Like many of the commenters here, I have always watched the Today show from Jayne and Tom through Matt and Savannah. I know times have changed but this new delivery of the news is terrible, it's like using People magazine as a book report.
I understand the twitter focus, indeed, this is a new media which should be explored and incorporated in the news, but the main reason for a news organization is to inform and educate the public of current events. Perhaps during four hours of the Today show you could dedicate at least 30 minutes of actual news like the greats of NBC news, Huntley, Brinkley, Brokaw, and even Garroway. Instead it now looks like the monkey, Muggs is making the executive decisions of what should be on the show. This phony humor, the constant use of the outside audience , as well as the coffee chatter is very annoying.
I will say the addition of Willy Geist and Carson Daily could have legs, but definitively needs development.
Kathy Lee and Hoda are great and really perfect for their time period.
Please fix this show! I know you can do that. Please go back to the delivery of the news. Maybe Lester Holt could do the morning news he is terrific in the anchor spot but not quite comfortable in the weekend team lead. I think he likes the more formal approach to news.
BTW, please don't have Jenna Wolfe return, I don't want her telling me how wonderful she and anything she touches is wonderful, completely inappropriate !
What happened? What did you do? You have turned the Today Show into "just another talk show". How sad! There are so many talk shows out there that I could watch if that's what I wanted to do. I watched the Today Show because it delivered the NEWS, not current events, what's happening with the stars, how to raise your children, etc. The one thing I could count on is that I could always count on The Today Show to be able to watch and find out what's happening around the US and the world. Not anymore, obviously. I won't be watching the Today Show anymore.
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