Jenna Wolfe ***DEMOTED*** on NBC Sunday Today to be replaced by Erica Hill
I know there is a thread on this, but this is a better subject title.
After being fired herself, Erica Hill went around shopping for a new job at the various networks.
She found an opening at Weekend Today when Amy Robach left for ABC.
But the Saturday shift wasn't enough for her. She wanted Saturday AND Sunday (which was being held by Jenna Wolfe)
So Jenna got demoted to newsreader on weekends, and now Erica Hill will be weekend co-host on both Saturday AND Sunday.
Erica is more interesting and more photogenic than Jenna.
Jenna is a lesbian and that's why she got demoted!
While I don't like Jenna and her big mouth, I hate Erica Hill! She has bitch face!
What about Robin Roberts? Being a lesbian hasn't hurt her.
R2 - I disagree about Erica. She has a very expressive face. She does need to watch her weight, but Erica is beautiful.
Any source to why Jenna was let go?
Jenna wasn't let go. She was demoted and will now have to work with Erica. Doing the news updates instead of being in the co-host chair. Which Erica will now be sitting in.
Everytime I see Jenna, I can't help but think, "this is what a thumb would look like if it had a face".
What does being fair have to do with employment, OP?
R7 are you saying that demotions in employment are totally fair? Even if you are doing a competent job?
Erica started with CBS and within months Norah O'Donnell showed up and Erica was gone--banished as news correspondent on the CBS Evening News.
Now Erica starts with NBC and before long Jenna loses her anchor position--but not her job. She's at least still working and has an income.
It all began with the Tiki Barber dustup.
No, I'm not saying they are fair. I'm saying there is little in life that is fair. Don't expect things to be fair.
Jenna Wolfe is usually more mannish than the men with whom she shares the anchor desk.
Actually Erica could have stayed at CBS, but she wanted an anchor position. CBS could only offer a correspondent job. So Erica still had a job and income. But it wasn't good enough for her and she wanted a host job.
So it seems like a circle. Norah stabs Erica in the back. Erica goes and stabs Jenna in the back.
Who's back will Jenna stab?
Will Erica increase ratings like like Gutherie woman?
Jenna is humiliated! I guess that's a way to force her to leave the show.
Erica, herself being supplanted at CBS, could have said 'No I don't want to bump somebody, like I was bumped at CBS'
She could have just took Saturdays and let Jenna handle Sundays.
But the greedy bitch wanted BOTH days.
How is that fair?
Jenna has a thicker neck than Britney spears.
I like Erica enough, but she constantly having people demoted so she can do her anchoring, which is just ok and kind of middle of the road.
Erica should just find a nice affiliate to work at so she can raise her kids and not be foisted upon us in different news programs. Foisting is never good Erica.
Norah has really improved the CBS morning show. It was the right decision to get rid of Erica.
Weekend Today is now going to suffer!
I was hoping they'd bring that nice Ann Curry in to read the news on the weekend.
[quote]Norah has really improved the CBS morning show. It was the right decision to get rid of Erica.
Erica Hill wasn't what was wrong with that show -- it was (& is) Gayle King. CBS got rid of the wrong person.
How can Jenna sit there and read the news? How can she stand such a slap in the face. This is like having your husband bringing his mistress to be the lady of the house while you become the maid!
I never heard of Jenna Wolfe. Good luck to Erica.
R36 - Erica jumped when that happened to her.
[quote] This is like having your husband bringing his mistress to be the lady of the house while you become the maid!
A situation Jenna cannot relate to, no way, no how.
Jenna was on thin ice ever since her involvement in the Heidi Jones scandal - NBC was looking for a way to get rid of her, but her contract was too good and right after the Ann Curry debacle they didn't want the bad publicity, so she got demoted instead.
[quote]Jenna was on thin ice ever since her involvement in the Heidi Jones scandal
I could never figure out how Jenna Wolfe even became an anchor on Weekend Today. Granted, it's the weekend, but it's still high profile.
But nonetheless, to go from anchor to news reader is rather humiliating. I'm sure some part of her is happy to still be employed, but this must be embarrassing for her. I kind of feel badly for her even though I wasn't all that crazy about her.
But I don't watch Today anymore since they treated Ann Curry like shit. I liked her, and I can't stand Matt Lauer any longer.
The Heidi Jone story happened like 3 years ago! If Weekend Today wants to take action, they would have done it then.
Plus, in the mainstream media, nobody linked Heidi to Jenna. While Jenna is lesbian, nobody knows for sure if she was linked to Heidi.
Believe it or not,Jenna was born in 1974. I thought she was much younger.
Born in 1974? That's young!
Most DL posters are born in 1954!
R44 - The point is that Jenna is younger than Erica.
I have always hated Jenna Wolfe. I watch often, because I like Lester, but Jenna is obnoxious, as stated above. Very happy that Erica Hill is replacing Wolfe, I just wish she'd go away altogether.
It amazes me how naively some of you think somebody like Erica Hill has complete control of the situation, like there are no producers or network executives making these decisions. If they loved Jenna Wolfe so much, this would not be happening.
I couldn't stand Jenna Wolfe. She was a one person "Self Promoter" who thought it was all about her. How many more times were we going to see that she had a 5 second acting bit on Law and Order? My God! She was soooo obnoxious and in love with herself and those dresses she wore to show off her "Guns" were ridiculous.
R46 read R15
Erica Hill just appeared on the Today Show this morning to be warmly welcomed into the Today Show Family.
Jenna is winning the poll
I LOATHE JENNA WOLFE. She's such a bad match with Lester. ANYONE would be better.
R51 Jenna is walking around with a knife in her back.
"I could never figure out how Jenna Wolfe even became an anchor on Weekend Today."
I'm guessing NBC was going for the youth market with teeniebopper-like Jenna along side old man Lester. Too bad Jenna has femmed herself up and got boob implants and everything for the job.
R15, do you know anything about getting a job? It's not high school, it's getting a better job. Fuck who bumped her at CBS, she should take what she can get and it has nothing to do with being a "bitch." If Erica hadn't taken the job, somebody else would have gotten it.
R53 So what you are saying is that since Erica got stabbed in the back, it is okay for her to back stab someone else.
An eye for an eye?
What is Jenna's link to the Heidi Jones scandal? Someone care to give a quick summary?
R54, how old are you, 14?
NBC HIRED Erica. Erica didn't demote Jenna, NBC did. If you got fired and had the opportunity to say yes to a job offer in which the previous person had been fired, would you say 'no' because it was backstabbing? Do you know nothing of the real world outside of old daytime soap operas?
Erica wasn't fired. She was demoted herself, and given the opportunity to stay at CBS as a correspondent. But she wanted an anchor job.
The job opening at NBC Weekend Today was for the Saturday shift, as Amy Robach left. The Sunday shift was already filled by Jenna.
The offer presented to her was for Saturday Today.
But she wanted BOTH days, which is why she stabbed Jenna in the back.
"I'm guessing NBC was going for the youth market with teeniebopper-like Jenna along side old man Lester. "
Jenna is 38.
Jenna would've done the same thing to Erica R57, don't kid yourself.
Erica has a history of stabbing people in the back.
Who has Jenna backstabbed in her climb to the top at NBC?
Heidi is the weather person at ABC local. She lost her job after making up a story that she was sexually assaulted. Supposedly, she made up the story because she broke up with someone and lost her mind. The person she supposedly broke up with was believed to be Jenna Wolfe.
R60 "Erica has a history of stabbing people in the back."
R62 read R22
It's a tough business, I'm sure there's backstabbing all around including with Jenna.
and now you can add the name of Jenna Wolfe to the list of people Erica stabbed in the back
R63 - Links for those?
True but with Erica she is leaving her fingerprints on the knife she is using to stab people in the back.
Usually people are more subtle.
If I were Jenna, I would burst out crying every time I had to read the news while Erica is sitting pretty on the couch!
How is it "backstabbing" to compete with someone for a job?
I've always understood "backstabbing" to mean unethical conduct -- like some kind of cheating, lying about another candidate, sleeping your way into the job, blackmail, etc.
I've never heard any suggestion that Erica Hill was unethical. In fact, I've always heard that she was well liked & respected by the people she worked with.
Erica has a trail of bodies she has left behind in her wake of climbing to the top.
Russ Mitchell, Maggie Rodriguez, Betty Ngyuen and now Jenna Wolfe.
Is there any evidence that she did anything unethical?
The trail of backstabbed bodies speak for themselves.
R72 - No they don't. Erica may be a tough competitor, but that doesn't make her unethical.
R73 if you were Jenna, how would you feel? Working alongside Erica, in a demoted job?
R74 - I'd be pissed, but really those are the breaks. It's a very competitive situation. And recall that the same thing just happened to Erica.
Then Erica should be sympathetic to Jenna's situation, instead of trying to throw her under the bus.
What is remarkable is how Erica keeps getting hired by network after network after network, even after being fired.
R76 - Erica is playing by the norms of the industry.
and the trail of bodies she leaves behind. Something just doesn't seem right. Which is why I assume there must be some sort of backstabbing going on.
I heard that Erica Hill helped Betty Nguyen get a job at CBS in the first place.
A couple of weeks ago when it was first announced that Erica would anchor Weekend Today--it was for Saturday 'Today' only and that Jenna would anchor Sunday 'Today.'
That was the anouncement--the weekend anchor duties would be split between Erica (Sat) and Jenna (Sun). What happened in the past two weeks to change this original announcement?
They realized that Jenna was not clicking with audiences - Erica has not had a successful show, but she does connect with people.
Oh, my. Jenna really stumbled through the news...the teleprompter is NOT her friend!
Show is on now, Erica making her big debut. Jenna doesn't seem to happy. There is a certain click in Jenna's voice when she says 'now back to ERICA'
Jenna is a polarizing figure, so no one expected her to last long in the role. Many viewers seem to find her incredibly annoying.
This might be one of the reasons for the demotion.
‘Good Morning America’ Snags First Weekend Win
As ABC’s “Good Morning America” widens the lead over NBC’s “Today,” the show celebrates a new milestone. Last weekend, for the first time since the show expanded to include both weekend days in 2004, both the Saturday and Sunday editions of “GMA” beat the corresponding editions of “Today.”
“GMA” topped “Today” on Saturday and Sunday in both ratings measurements, coming in first on Saturday and second, behind ratings stalwart “CBS Sunday Morning,” on Sunday. On Saturday, “GMA” won by +300,000 Total Viewers and +100,000 A25-54 viewers. On Sunday, during “Today’”s celebration of the weekend show’s 25th anniversary, “GMA” won by +140,000 Total Viewers and +38,000 A25-54 viewers.
“We have a small, scrappy, happy team and it’s nice to do well,” weekend “GMA” anchor Dan Harris told TVNewser this week. “We definitely respect our competitors and don’t take anything for granted.”
Let's face it:
Dan Harris is adorable on GMA weekend, while Jenna Wolfe is the epitome of caneface.
Which would YOU rather watch?
I think it is a disgrace that Jenna was demoted, she did a great job. She has such a quirky sense of humor, and it will be missed. I guess that the weekend today shows will no longer be on my must see list.
How did Erica do?
Jenna Wolfe was so refreshing as a co host, we are back to boring again. Who is making these terrible decisions
I had this on in the background a couple weeks ago and she was even screechier than usual. I actually winced a couple times because I got too close to the TV. Her voice is not just loud, but unpleasant sounding, no nuance- just full-on bray all the time.
She should just do a Maury Povich-style show about baby daddies and stuff- and get off the cereal circuit.
Why would they want Jenna to quit? She is great and has chemistry with Lester..As for Guthrie it looks like her jokes about Matt's age is getting old. Think Natalie should have been in that seat.
Jenna is not great, unless you meant grate. Natalie is sweet but not the brightest bulb on the porch.
They need credible news people, though I do realize the show has recently lost its way and has become way too tabloid, but I expect that to change.
Jenna's is loud and way to sarcastic---does not come across as a likeable person. I found her very irritating.
Is Jenna Wolfe half black?
Is she a lesbian, as in out lesbian?
What a shame! I love Jenna Wolfe and am very disappointed at the change.
I am glad my employer is not NBC!!
man what a bunch of strong opinions! i think jenna is a lot of fun. very different and entertaining. i am not (intimidated by her at all people!). not the beauty queen but don't you have enuf of them on TV? again erica hill boring pixie.
About time they added a woman to the co-anchor seat next to Lester. The arrogant, self obsessed, loudmouth transvestite who has been sitting next to him for the past year was terrible!
Erica Hill is a boring pixie.
R101 = Erica is not boring. And I don't see how pixie could be applied to her.
R100, do you think Jenna is hung? Like Bea Arthur hung?
What's with NBC humiliating the female anchors on national television. Yes, it's a business, but Jenna doesn't deserve this, and I'm not a big fan.
But I haven't watched NBC since they humiliated Ann Curry and gave her four minutes to say goodbye after having been with 'Today' for 15 years. Get rid of Matt Lauer and you'll solve many of the problems.
Here's a photo of Jenna with her partner, photographer Jamie Davidson.
They're seen together often on the NY social scene.
Jenna was born in Haiti and in 2010 went back there after the earthquake to see the devastation - Jamie went along as her "official" photographer and the results were a week-long series on TODAY.
anybody notice on saturday how much tension there was coming from jenna's face? you could tell that she was very upset and angry in her body language and her real lack of enthusiam for whatever they were saying.
r106, yes, I noticed it. Truth be told, I am not a big fan of EITHER Erica or Jenna. Wolfe is too abrasive, too mannish to be appealing on a morning show. Her voice grates. She seems like a bully. And maybe a cunt. Erica is too cream cheese and sugary sweet for me. That "welcome to NBC" video they ran made me barf. No one has a perfect family and a perfect life and no one wants to watch that shit. Perfect husband, perfect children. And she misses her perfectly deceased dad who was, of COURSE, her role model. She still "calls his cell" sometimes? Um, okay. And she has chicklet teeth, too, when she smiles. Too much gum exposed. Hey, these are all picky, bitchy critiques but, you know, when you are on national television and wanting the nation to want to watch you, you better bring it. I think NBC could do better than either of these two very different women.
Jenna did look like she was seething and just barely attempting a smile yesterday, though. And who could blame her? Bitch stole her job.
I always felt sorry for Lester because he had to work with Jenna. Besides her constant me me me crap and her awful wardrobe, her mouth was ugly to see moving all morning.
Jenna just seems sad today...Erica is much smoother.
Unfair to Jenna who has put in her time and is good
This is the final straw for me. I am done watching The Today Show. The only thing that kept me going back was Jenna and Lester.
You really screwed up with Erica. You did not learn from Ann C.
There should be a mass shake up off screen with casting.
Sorry Jenna! You do not deserve this.
I think Jana and Lester made the weekend show. They were great together. It's a shame what the Today show did. It make me want to watch Good Morning America.
I really enjoyed Jenna Wolf..and am very disappointed she was replaced as one of the weekend anchors....she "earned" her anchor spot......she is quirky, up for any challenge and I understand NBC is scrambling to get ratings back, but seriusly, with what they did with Ann Curry...you would think they would thin twice about removing/demoting a likable, fun anchor. Extremely disappointed NBC the way you throw away people.
I could live with that bitch Erica, but WHAT a CUNT that Jana is!
First its Ann now itsd Jenna..what is up with NBC? I loved Lester Jenna on Sundays...Wonder why Erica got fired from CBS. I am moving on to ABC
Jenna was not a "robot" on the show and brought much needed humor as you were never sure what she would say. I enjoyed this aspect of the show.
The problem could have easily been solved if they kept Jenna on Sundays, and gave Erica the Sat shift.
This just sets up way too much tension.
NBC has an offensive pattern of only changing the women and leaving the men in place. Yesterday they had a "cute" segment designed to get people to like Erica and Jenna had to sit there on the couch while it ran. Really mean. Why do so many of these women look and sound so much alike that they are interchangeable? I like Jenna because she is a little different, in a good way.
R118, Lester is smart and a credible journalist. His partner was neither.
well still can't figure out why people are so intimidated by Jenna? no every woman has to look & act like the twits on GMA.
If Robin Roberts can make it in AM TV, why not Jenna?
For me, it was just Jenna's personality. A visceral reaction. If others really liked her style, fine. She was too strident for me. Too competitive. Too "butchy yet femmy" in the way so many college dykes were. She is Peppermint Patty. ("Hi, Chuck.") Robin Roberts got on my last nerve, too, for different reasons but I hate even saying that knowing what she has been through. Hope she is getting completely well so she can be back on the air annoying me some more. I am a GMA watcher. Cute little closeted George (I just want to pinch his hiney) and "on air boyfriends" Sam and Josh. LOL
JEANNA IS A LESBIAN?
NBC you did it again- you threw Jenna Wolfe under the bus, just as I started watching your weekend show again. I stopped when you threw Ann Curry out. Erica Hill Is very boring and fake. But I will now only watch GMA. Your station needs Management Training, people have feelings, and who cares what erica did when she was kid geez.
I enjoyed Jenna very much.She was a wonderful co host.So is Erica that wonderful?Please!I am so upset with the DEMOTION of Jenna I am going to Good Morning America. I'm sure some one on Today will read this and that's as far as it goes.
sincerely, and not happy
Erica Hill is really boring!
I love Jenna, her humor, her back story is interesting and unique.She is clever and actually has a personality. Her exploit for the show are awesome. As Michael Phelps would say, she is a STUD.
Now replaced with a pleasant enough person in all respects but a polished, unwavering, reliable CLONE
Jenna inserted herself into every story she covered. The girl just couldn't stop talking about herself. I had no clue she was a lesbian, but she was certainly an egomaniac.
I totally enjoyed Jenna Wolfe and her interaction with Lester. There special segments together were GREAT. All the busses must be running very late in NY with all the bodies they have to negotiate!! Business everywhere do what NBC has done with Ann and Jenna. Been there and done that. Jenna is fortunate (not) to have a job at all. Don’t mis-read that...I really liked her on the show and I am glad she has the GUTS to stay. Maybe in time, NBC will realize she is the better person for the position.
As far as Jenna’s physic ..... I find her HOT regardless of her sexual orientation. But this isn’t about that.
Jenna did a good job, and that is only my opinion and as I just scanned the 100+ comments; there are a lot of opinions out there to the contrary. Just remember, she is a human being, and like YOU, not everybody likes everybody. Life’s a bitch and then reality sets in!!!
a little off the subject. I would so do Lester Holt. He looks hot in gym clothes. He is fit and trim and manly............
It took a while for Jenna to grow on me but she has high energy and is a happy and good reporter.
Never heard of this Erica person and she does nothing for me.
Is anybody competent in charge of "Today" at NBC? First the Ann Curry firestorm and now this. They are draining the franchise of any talent. I bet you they eventually fall to 3rd place with all of this nonsense until they make the required major changes most people want.
Jenna has a dynamic personality. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her on the weekends. I guess for some reason it was thought she wasn't doing her job well. On the contrary I thought after Amy left that it was a hard act to follow. Jenna was a very skillful correspondent as well as anchor and filled Amy's spot perfectly. I know business is business but I am a person who loyally watched Amy and Lester and then enjoyed Jenna and Lester. I will not be watching this weekend show anymore as it isn't business with me it's about people.
I have a great idea. Why not have a weekend segment on one of the other stations with Jenna, Amy, Ann and Lester. I bet there would be alot of followers. Many viewers felt the stinging loss of Ann and now feel Jenna has unfairly been kicked down too. While Erica was apparently unjustly squashed too, I'm sorry I can't get use to her. Come on bigwigs pick up the slack here. Listen to what the people want. While those in charge thought they could do whatever to their viewers, the joke is on them as every day now I will be watching another station. Sorry Ann was too much but now Jenna?
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l hate seeing jenna look like she lost her bff. jenna is great at her job. I can't seem to watch the the weekend show anymore. erica looks older and not as sexy as jenna. as for lester, he should of steped up to the plate and backup his partner.
R135 - Jenna is actually older than Erica.
Erica you were just kicked to the curb by cbs replacing you abruptly then you turn around and do it to someone else. I can't watch the today show aymore if I have to watch you.
I've always enjoyed Jenna and think she her personality and energy brings a lot to the show so I was ver disappointed to see this change.
I suspect that Lester had something to do with Jenna's demotion. He may not have beebn comfortable with her competitive, agressive, in-your-face style.
Jenna is like a B movie
Lester likes to fuck Matt
Jenna has many talents and just needs to find a niche that lets her do her thing. I read on another thread that there isn't anyone on here that was around in the 70's so you may not know about Linda Ellerbee and her early career. She was quirky and unique. I am so sick of barbie dolls and kens reading something written for them.
I adore Jenna Wolfe. Have watched her with appreciation each weekend. Was most unpleasantly surprised at the change. I observed Miss Hill being "frost" to Jenna, as opposed to the opposite. Will change channels on the weekend if Miss "frosty" Hill continues in this role.
It will be such a loss to the show to have Erica Hill, so stiff. Jenna Wolfe is so real. So entertaining. How can this happen
I wish they would take annoying Jenna OFF the show entirely. Until they do, I'll be watching HGTV.
Erica must be better on her knees.
Jenna doesn't suck cock - she's a lesbian.
Erica, OTOH, loves to cockgobble - she even tried to deep throat Anderson Cooper back when she did the news updates on 360.
After watching Erica for the last two weeks, I now think I actually prefer Jenna. Erica is smooth and professional, but too "cookie-cutter" morning anchor -something others actually do better than her. I think I actually preferred Jenna's story chewing.
Well. It's back to the drawing board. Who should we kick down now? Hmmmmm....The next anchor will be perfect. So, Erica maybe you shouldn't unpack your bags just yet. We thought Jenna was great to watch. She was energetic and original. We are tired of the same old cookie cutter mold . But lo and behold now we have a new one. Oh well all it takes is a little click click of the old remote........
I hope she gets taken off the air. It is so nausiating to watch her on television. She is so FULL of herself. I'm sure almost anyone would do a better job than her.
Thank God, im tired of jenna and her man arms dominating the weekend. nothing could make me change the channel quicker than jenna wolfe. here constant lets work out just got old quick.
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Miss Jenna's enthusiasm and rapport with
Lester. Want her back. Will stop watching Sunday today. Been watching since inception. Love u Jenna
Jenna is the heart of that show. I guess we all try another network.
I Missed Jenna, she funny, doing petty dam good job when she with Lester. I wish the station think before offer that bitch Erica Jenna Job.
First Ann now Jenna, what else going to happen next. Shutt the net work down noone will watch NBC any more if they keep demote the great people.I'll never watched NBC again.....
sad in PA
After what they did to Ann Curry no one should be surprised what happens to any woman on the Today staff. Ladies if you're not a pretty perky white girl with virtually no personality
watch your back.
I can't believe NBC would lower themselves to let a woman come in and tell them what SHE wanted and have them fall for it Just like Petraus he/they failed, Jenna is good at what she does, NBC you just messed up.
I have watched the Today Show 7 days a week for years. I have NEVER liked Jenna Wolfe...her voice is like nails on a chalkboard, her jokes aren't funny & she acts obnoxious...just gratingly annoying. Perhaps she is nice off air but I don't like watching her and clearly I'm not the only one since she was demoted. She should use this experience to closely examine what she needs to improve on to improve her likeability factor!
I love Jenna's energy and willingness to try new things to keep the show interesting! I give her lots of credit for staying with the show that disrespected her so much.She is showing that she isn't broken by a ruthless network. I watch lots of news shows and she is my favorite personality-fresh and different. As a person approaching senior citizen status, I have been disgusted by all the networks throwing anyone over 40 out and feel bad that Jenna got similar treatment. She was wronged and hopefully will have her moment someday soon-maybe when Erica Hill has exhausted all the networks.I think she hit her stride on Anderson Cooper's 360.
Even with her "demotion," Jenna is actually seen MORE every weekend. She was never part of the longer Saturday show and IS now.
Erica Hill, was boring on CBS, and continues to be lackluster on NBC. So, what does NBC do now with yet again another blunder? Live with it til contract renewal.
Actually, R161, they will fire Savannah by spring and promote Erica to weekdays. Naturally, NBC will be scratching their heads a year from now when local public access channel morning shows are beating them in the ratings.
Again this morning, Jenna still seemed uncomfortable with the new arrangement. She now seems to be trying too hard to be funny and to make her presence known.
No, it's not fair! I thinks she does an awesome job, and I want her back where she belongs!!!
Jenna Wolfe was one of the reasons I watched
the weekend today show. Also Ann Curry should
have never been replaced. What are you people doing? Are you all about the bigger bottom line?
There was nothing wrong with Jenna, she brought a lot of personality to that position and her sexuality has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.......LOOK AT SAM CHAMPION ON ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA, LOOK AT ROBIN ROBERTS, ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND SUE SIMMONS FROM NBC LIVE AT 5 AND THE NEWS CASTS.....PLEASE COME UP WITH SOMETHING ELSE........
I MISS JENNA, AND I DON'T CARE FOR THE NEW ONE......I HOPE JENNA LEAVES LIKE AMY DID AND SHE LANDS ON HER FEET WITH A NETWORK THAT WILL APPRECIATE HER.
YOU ROCK JENNA.......
We saw Jenna segments over the weekend and seems like I have seen several this week on the Today show.
I wonder if they are not transitioning her into a new role. There is certainly a place for a correspondent like Jenna
They need to get Jenna off the show permanently. She's still annoying as the newsreader.
Jenna got a spanking for her behavior during Erica's first show.
Jenna is cutsey (personality) but Erica is a babe. What's all this fairness stuff; it's about Darwinism. Hey Connie Chung, if I'm in your neighborhood, can I use your bathroom?
The most down to earth woman, you deserve better. The good ones always gets away! There LOSS I and my husband which you the best. K&S HANSON DAV,IA
OH MY GOD SHES GAY! I Still love you! Tell them to KISS YOUR ASS!
Big mistake NBC you hire bitches the next thing you know there running the whole show. This bitch will have Lester gone before you know it. At least Jenna was somewhat funny this new hire is nasty. Erica seems like a camera hog if you notice her eyes she's always looking for a camera that's on. All I can end with is thank god for other channels !!!!!!
Well, well, well. Look in that business everyone is trying to get ahead apparently any way they can. I don't dislike Erica but think next to Jenna she is lifeless. Look everyone has their tastes. I prefer a personality that is full of life rather than someone who is safe but unmoving.
I always loved Jenna, I also was sad to hear she's GAY. I thought she was doing a great job as co-host. I stopped watching the show as well.
NBC doesn't know talent. Jenna Wolfe has a ton of personality. I was surprised she wasn't the one who replaced Ann Curry. The other women are easily forgettable.
NBC Today show deserves to not be watched. ABC knows talent. NBC doesn't. Goodbye Today show.
Good luck Jenna. You have the "it" factor.
I like Erica Hill, she has the spunk, that so many of them don't. Plus she's pretty unlike Jenna Wolfe, and she has a pleasent sounding voice, unlike Jenna Wolfe
At least Jenna was interesting and different. Erica is boring!! And she really is not very good looking.
NBC's hiring and firing practices are the real issue; about every ten years NBC IS THE NEWS. NBC's management style and employment processes need to be addressed. I was not a big fan of Jenna's; she is loud, winy, and obnoxious; but she did not deserve to be publicly humiliated by some old chick from CBX that cannot seem to connect with her audience.
1. I recall Deborah Norville was being harassed after replacing Jane Pauley; NBC did not come to her defense, which they should have.
2. Anne Curry fired and replaced by some non-American that kisses up to Matt, with a face like a horse. Matt with his ego, veto power and big bucks need to go next.
3. They let Natalie Morales go. If they wanted to replace Jenna, they should have given it to Natalie, she was on the NBC clock and we know her and her face.
These are my opinions and observations, and I hope Anne and Jenna are suing and force the discrimination that goes on at NBC to stop.
Ummm...do you know something that I don't, R179?
How are the ratings?
Did Erica bring the ratings?
If Jenna cannot swallow being kicked to the side on her own show, will she leave? Can she leave if she still have time on her contract?
YES! JENNA LEAVES! I can't wait.
Jenna was obnoxious and should never be an anchor. Every week she tried to belittle Lester Holt. She even tried this morning from her weakened news reader chair, trying to force Lester to admit he read 50 Shades of Gray. Let it go girl.
No inside scoop...
I didn't have a clue Jenna was gay, but, I couldn't stand to watch her downgrade her coanchor......as far as Ann Curry goes she never impressed me with that phony low voice....I always was afraid she was going to burst into tears...got tireing.
[quote]Big mistake NBC you hire bitches the next thing you know there running the whole show.
Except for changing "there" to "they're," that's certainly true of Matt Lauer. It was also true about Bryant Gumbel back in the day, and probably other male anchors on Today who were more subtle than those two.
Bryant Gumbel was OCD and he couldn't stand that Jane Pauley's desk drawer wasn't neat and organized to suit him. He was a jerk.
No inside scoop...NBC has an ensuing deficiency...lacking Morals...read between the lines
As if to bait the veiwers to watch even more, they have changed the seating arrangements on Weekend Today.
They now have Jenna sitting next to Erica in the opening and when she does the news.
Gayle, I am NOT missing from the show.
No more inviting Jenna and Lester in our home for coffee with us in the moring! How sad. Did any of the executives think you were actually taking away a simple relaxing, enjoyment? I know there are many like us. NBC --- see ya. I am angry you so flippantly think we don't matter. Well, now you don't matter. Hello CBS......
I WANT TO FUCK LESTER
They need to get her off the news desk now too. Can't stand Jenna.
Me to, saw a segment where he was in work out clothes, he is fit for sure.
I think the stories segments she does are some of the best on televison
I've noticed that they have been moving the news readers (Natalie and Jenna) closer to the "big table" during the past couple of weeks.
Lester looks ill and has for a while. Hope he's OK.
His son is a newscaster in Chicago and is hot as hell. They had him on the show recently.
Agree that Jenna Wolfe would cut him down constantly and almost vindictively on air, and not only did she deserve to be demoted, she should be run out of town. I foresee her being the sportscaster in a lower-mid-tier market like San Diego or Charlotte.
Pic of Lester's hawt son:
Erica Hill comes off as a cold, humorless bitch.
And all the Botox and plastic surgery she's had makes her look ten years older than she actually is. She's only 36!
Just a play on Moral words. Typo, its this ipad, should say, Natalie IS on NBC, we know her and...... hieroglyphics on the wall
Let's face it, women of color no longer have a place on the Today Show. Ann Curry, now Jenna...it is a change that speaks directly about the show's attitude toward inclusion. Sure Jenna (and Ann) had different styles. Instead of giving the viewers a chance to appreciate these differences, the Today Show's producers have made it clear that they like a more homogeneous approach to their Anchor Teams. Don't get me wrong, Lester Holt does appear to be one on the hardest working news guys on television...however, an exception does not a rule make.
What is Jenna Wolfe's ethnic background? Her bio says she was born in Jamaica.
I want both the Holt men to double dick me!
To me Jenna is just down right nerve racking
Yeah Erica .....you rock
I LOVE JENNA. SHE A REAL WOMAN. ERICA IS GREAT TOO. I KNOW NETWORKS AREN'T FAIR. IT'S TO BAD THERE'S NO LOYALTY. JENNA IS FUNNY. WHY COULDN'T THEY EACH T AAY. I LEFT CBS WHEN THWEY GORID OF MAGGIE. I MAY JUST GO TO ABQ
Can't stand her. I love Lester and it was grating beyond belief to have to endure her to see him as well. Good riddance. Hurray! Lester is finally free.
It is not Erica's fault. She applied for the job and got it! Jenna needs to adjust her on the air attitude. It is AWFUL.
CBS Morning show is the best!
NBC: You are genius for allowing us to watch this comedy of Jenna jabbing Erica at every moment. It's so uncomfortable to watch that it becomes hilarious after a few rounds.
I thought Jenna was awesome and got screwed over in a similar move to Ann, which shows your power that anyone can be replaced. Guess what? This totally turns off 99% of the public, so obviously you are out of touch and don't care what viewers think.
Anyway, its fun to watch this train wreck for a few weeks. I've already tuned to GMA now for good during the week after watching Today for 20 years, so once this gets boring I'll do the same on weekends.
Hey Jenna, maybe ABC is hiring? They seem to have a superior skill in managing talent and a fun environment to work.
Jenna is a twit and is so very unconfortable in her own skin. How did she get a posh position in the first place?
Jenna Wolfe has more personality, zest for life and better influence and control of the dialogue than Erica Hill. Sad. Try to reconcile issues with Jenna for an enjoyable weekend Today.
I Love Jenna!!!!! She has a GREAT smile and can dish it out to these,I'm better than life,stuck on themselves, females on this show. Jenna has class far above the others and is a pleasure to watch. Time you fight back Jenna! If she goes I will also follow!
You have a vagina, right Jim?
I LOVE that this awful woman has been demoted to newsreader, and a few assignments.
The looks she gives to Erica are PRICELESS.
Erica has now bumped Jenna off of the weekday Today. Instead of Jenna filling for for Natalie (who was filling in for Savannah), Erica is reading the news this week.
Erica's also been looking trimmer.
Erica's Botox makes her look a decade older than she is. Anyone agree?
Erica looks her age, maybe a little older, but she does not look a decade older. Jenna looks young.
Jenna did her job,as well Anne Curry.I would liked to know why they treated these two ladies this way.I loved Jenna,she is beautiful as well as intelligent!
Anne was so soft spoken and genuine,you could see her compassion,but also her ability to do a great story along the way,she Did Not , nor Jenna to be treated this way,period! Why make fun of these ladies,do you think like NBC they have no feelings,come on you don't have to make fun and be cruel!:)
Most visitors to these pages are here to trash someone or something, to accuse everyone of being gay and to dote on aging movie queens.
The problem at NBC and the Today Show was ratings. The NBC is under new executive leadership and as usual in this kind of business the talent is at the mercy of management. They allow the completely obnoxious 4th hour with KLG and Yoda to continue because being drunk on air at 10AM everyday gets the ratings.
1. Nice 2 c Natalie doing evening news tonight...watch out 4 those Bumps...
2. Still cannot watch the horse frace kissing up...
3. I am now repulsed by the mat who're thing, additionally...
4. Erica is still 2 fake, cannot and will never connect with us, and...
5. NBC seems so nonplussed by their audiences receptivity...
I would recomend soliciting objective unbiased opinions in the future...new sets and graphics will not cut it...NBC needs to hire a marketing manager that knows how 2 bring about and launch changes...actually, I think NBC wants 2 B the news, the old adage of "any publicity is good publicity"...is old school thinking, hows that working 4 ya?
Jenna was demoted because she was "uncomfortable to watch". I love Lester Holt and always felt Jenna was trying to one up him. He is all class and Jenna is "different." She should be a trainer on "The biggest Loser" where all her "sports enthusiasm" could be better utilized. I am sure she would also make more money and who knows what other opportunities would branch off of that gig! I am now a GMA fan as they are more fun, more hip and just make me feel good. Once Today canned Ann Curry I just decided it was time to find another morning news program!
Jenna would be good as a host of a fitness show.
I think Jenna received her due. She is the most egotistical person since Matt Lauer. Glad she is not the person I have to watch with the gracious Lester Holt.
Can someone take the stick out of Erica Hill's ass? Jenna may be masculine but at least she has a personality.
I am 71 years old and have enjoyed Jenna Wolfe as long as she was host of NBC Sunday Today. It was a shock to me to turn the TV on one Sunday morning and she was not sitting there. I think this is a shame. It seems that NBC does all their good people like this.
Erica is the fill-in news reader for the weekday show now?
I like both of them, I just watched today's show and although Jenna was the reader and Erica was the host Jenna had a news piece she did which was good, that was a nice mix for her. I hope they both. Stay and would like to see Jenna moved eventually to Today during the week.
202...NOT..erica does not rock anything except that stick 223 was talking about
When Anderson and Erica used to do the bulletins when she was still in Atlanta, and when she first moved to AC's NYC studio, I got the feeling he thought she was the second coming. When he wrote that blog post announcing her, he must have pee'd in his pants, and he couldn't contain himself her first night when he announced her.
towards the end of their time on 360, he didn't seem entirely thrilled with her.
Jenna should replace Matt - I'm sure she has a bigger penis.
Jenna would be a good host of any show if she is not required to speak. Her voice and "humor" is more than annoying. Lester is far too dignified to have her as a co-host.
There are other networks that would appreciate Jenna's investigative style and thoroughness. Are you listening CNN?
I love Jenna, she is an excellent anchor and I always enjoy her humor.
God bless you girl and something good will happen in your future.
Sometimes it just takes time...stay positive.
Jenna is annoying and she was not meant for a anchor position like Today. First and foremost her style is to hard. She talks to fast and anytime she talks it seems like she is yelling at you. Not good if you are a broadcaster but she will feel at home at the WWE.
Lester is far too gracious to have a nitwit like that be his partner. Erica and Lester are professionals not a frat club. Anytime I see Lester and Jenna together it is like Lester chaperoing his annoying little sister to the big dance. She always comes across as a self absorbed attention seeker. She is always desperate to show how fit she is and she can't say anything without saying "I".
Glad to see her as the newsreader. Maybe this will humble her to learn what being a newswoman is 101.
I can't stand ANY of the females on the TODAY show....weekday OR weekends! They need to get rid of ALL of them.....from Savannah & Natalie to Jenna. I love Lester & have always liked Matt. Also I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO WATCH KATHY LEE & Hora REPULSIVE and a waste of air time.
jenna likes to amke a big deak abut herself and use the TV time as a forum to advertisement what she believed to be her cuteness. I was getting so sick of it
jenna needs to be removed completely from the show along with that asshole lauer.
Jenna was MADE to be a gym teacher.
Lester Holt should be the replacement for that pomous ass lauer. I have switched to Good Morning America after they gave Ann Curry the boot. Best for jenna wolfe is to leave the country. We have enough self serving news people around. Let her take shit-head lauer with her
Jenna leaving the country...I like that!!!
R237 - yes, gym teacher.
Eric is boring but Jenna is obnoxious. I say get rid of them both so we can have more Lester time. And I miss Bill Karins, why'd he leave?
Is this thread still going?
"Jenna is obnoxious" is the best comment here.
Re: This is the business world - media is competitive and driven by ratings. There is no "backstabbing" - just working journalists competing for limited slots. If ratings are not there, media execs make decisions - pure and simple.
Erica Hills brings a much needed professional edge to the anchor spot and is a perfect co anchor for Lester Holt.
I also find Wolfe to be annoying - almost bordering on condescending.
I no longer watch the Today Show on weekdays-I find the entire morning crew obnoxious along with the infotainment and scandal segments programming! There is no news - last week was the worst with all the cast sitting on a couch and offering personal opinions on the football scandal. I don't need to hear opinions - who cares what they think??? Do your job and report! It was painful to watch. Guthrie is the worst, matched only by Lauer's snarky-ness and self entitled presentation. The franchise would be better off with Holt and Hill manning weekdays with Guthrie and Lauer moved to the weekend.
How are so familiar with a non hard news program that you don't watch?
Really enjoyed Jenna Wolfe, smart and very down to earth. Erica is all right but I miss Jenna so I'm done with Weekend Today, going to GMA, probably weekdays, too.
I won't be watching Erica!
My husband and I are very HAPPY that Erica is co host in place of Jenna. It was to the point that we wouldn't watch the weekend show because of her,Jenna's (know it all) attitude. She always seemed to want to show Lester up. Way to go NBC!!!!!!!
I'm so happy to see Jenna Wolfe demoted! They should have fired her entirely. Her obnoxious, braying voice & unprofessional manner made me fast forward her segments. The only reason I watched on the weekend was for the always- professional Lester Holt.
Savannah was the wrong choice too. They should have gone with Natalie. Savannah comes across as a dingbat. It's hard to believe she was a lawyer?!
Hiring Ericka was a step in the right direction. Now fire Jenna!
When Jenna does a news report, count down to how long it takes her to make the story about herself. You'll only have to wait a few seconds.
Jenna makes the show. The only reason I watch it.
Lester is professional and will continue to hold my interest, can't say the same for Erica
I am a fan of Lester also but give me a break on the professional shit. Lester was laying in the snow yesterday at Central Park making snow angles.
It's a morning entertainment show for fucks sake.
You watch... Erica Hill will be taking over Savannah's job
Savannah WAS a lawyer!!!
erica is terrible -- little personality, just goes to show that the today show producers are stupid
Erica has a lot of personality.
Although I did not really care for Jenna, I feel sorry for her.It seems that if the male anchors can not get ratings NBC picks on the women sitting on the couch by them. Look at poor Ann Curey. Matt Lauer is a joke. I do not watch the Today show anymore. I have turned over to GMA. They seem to really like each other and have a good time.
Miss Hill is so boring and dresses like my grandmother would. Her hair looks like a helmet is on her head.
What's wrong with Lester's eyes that he cannot wear contacts anymore? Those coke-bottle glasses have got to go!
How is the ratings with Erica?
Erika Hills' eyes scare me, they are too far apart.
Jenna has a lot of talent in her profession. She didn't need to be demoted. The few things she could change are her out spoken opinion about Lester. Saying when he is late that type of stuff. Otherwise she is very good. It seems she is not afraid of anything or anyone. She a pusher and a go getter. I don't know if she is gay and don't care if she is. I do not watch NBC to know who is and who is not. I watch it for the News. NBC Today is the best show in the world what ever positon you hold at Today. you are working for the best Network in the world. Be proud of what you do and who you work for!!!
As for Erica Hill she does a good job she flows well with Lester. I don't know who decided to take her on to the show but its not Erica's total fault "someone had to hire her and offer her the job and make all the decisions to get her to the position she is in now. The only thing I would like to see is have Jenna glam up. She has nice hair and show off her style a bit more. Today is my dream job. : ) Maybe I will be next on the show.
"I don't know if she is gay and don't care if she is."
Is that you grandma?
Erica has permanent bitchface.
As bad as Jenna Wolfe was at the co-anchor position, she is far worse reading the news. She needs to go!
there was a rumor that Erica was losing her job at the HLN show she had before AC360 hired her. wonder if there is any truth to that.
Jenna Wolfe is annoying and a smart a*s. I wish NBC would totally give her the boot and never see her ugly face again.
Jenna is pregnant that's why she NOT working the weekend Today show.
R266 is totally right.
Just listening to Jenna's flippant announcement of her pregnancy on Today gave me hives. She thinks she's oh so funny.
THREAD CLOSED. Please.
Fox News Rick Sanchez just tweeted
“Wonder if @JennaWolfe’s terrible demotion on @todayshow was b/c @NBC didn’t want a then soon 2 be pregnant lesbian to be cohost. I hope not.”
Rick Sanchez is still working? At least that moron is where he belongs now. God is he dumb, so retarded he probably qualifies for handicapped parking.
It's a legit question, R270.
On the contrary, having a pregnant lesbian on Today is super trendy this year! I think that's the reason they KEPT her.
As sideshow, maybe, R273, but not as the main attraction. Sanchez could be right.
how come I can't get the threadlist?
Jenna looked great on the Today show this morning and has a new column. She talked about how she waited for days to hear negative reaction to her announcement, but it never came. She seems really happy.
She clearly is not a regular on Datalounge...
I START BOTH SAT. % SUN. WITH TODAY. Change is inevitable, I guess, and I have to admire Jenna for making the switch from co-host to "jane-of-all-trades" which switch she has done with grace. My comments refer to other changes made in TODAY's format. WHO decided all cast members should sit in a row on a bench with bare legs crossed, etc.??? How unattractive! I'm old enough to remember when women seen with bare legs were considered prostitutes. They really are ugly on TV. They all look as though they are patients in a waiting room waiting to see the doctor. The new weather person is really good. I've been seeing her on a number of weather shows, the first one when she was all "bling," infuriating the show's female host. I never saw her there again. She's very good at her job and is very attractive to look and to listen to. About Erica: have always admired her, since seeing her head talking to Anderson Cooper, beautifully expressive dimples. Lester is my very favorite TV host, not nearly appreciated enough by NBC.
I really enjoyed Stephanie Gosk's segment last night on the Long Island Little League team that is getting to play ball after 5 months of doubt following Hurricane Sandy. Gosk just has such an easy, calm way about her - which probably makes for a good contrast to Jenna Wolfe, who can seem all emotion and energy. I'd bet they're a really good couple who balance each other.
I do wonder if they'll get married before the baby is born and what the Today show people think about that.
I love Jenna, she would make Lester laugh and has a personallity. Erica has a mean face, she just has a mean ora and is snotty to guest. I like Jenna. The weekend is for relax and laughter.
Seriously, no gossip on these ladies?
I went to high school with Jenna, I don't think I've said that on DL before.
She was pretty much as annoying in high school as she is right now and it drives me nuts seeing her on my television...was very glad to see Erica Hill come along.
Was she out then, R282? She does seem a little "me, me" sometimes, but I wonder if that stems from a lack of self-confidence rather rather than too much, like she's overcompensating. I love her sarcastic sense of humor.
I have never seen anyone say anything bad about Gosk. She seems like a sweetheart. She also went to high school with CNN's John Berman.
R283 - not fully out and proud (nobody was), but not entirely closeted either? She never had any boyfriends or dates that I can remember, and it wasn't exactly a surprise when I did find out. She was always fascinated with Janice Ian and the song "seventeen," and, well... ya know.
Obviously it would never have been a big deal to me though, so I never thought twice about it - other people in the school may have pegged her for a lesbian much earlier due to the lack of boyfriends and things.
Wasn't her family fairly wealthy, R282/4? How was she annoying?
Thanks for the info!
I like Jenna too. She is funny and her rapport with Lester was evident. Erica was horrible when she started but has relaxed a bit into the job. She had "bitch face" as one of the posters quipped and that made her awful at CBS and the beginning of her tenure at Today. But the ice seems to be melting. I still can't get over the Stephanie/Jenna connection. I'm not surprised that either is lesbian but that they are a couple. Good for them.
R285 - Jenna was just loud and abrasive...I still don't get along very well with people like that. That's what I mean how she's still exactly the same. It actually took me a few months of watching her on TV to finally figure out where I knew her. Her voice and personality grated at me, I couldn't tell why....finally it clicked.
She (and her sister) were fluent in french and had moved to the town from a foreign country (haiti) which made them a bit different to begin with, but they didn't stand out as wealthy in what was a pretty rich town.
There were basically three classes of people - those with families like mine (plain old middle class), the typical rich people in the town (jenna's family), and then the EXTRA wealthy people who were noticeable and had the big mansions and got new luxury cars when they turned 16 and went on fancy vacations and the like.
That's interesting, R287. Thanks for the info. I watched a Today show video from back in January in which Jenna had just gotten certified as a personal trainer. She talked about how hard high school was for her because she didn't fit in and "couldn't be herself." She said the only place she felt okay was on a court or ball field.
She's been inching her way out of the closet for several months now.
straight or gay. .jenna is a attention seeking using anything to make others look stupid and that she is so cool. She needs to wash her, always greasy and her complexion, no makeup.mwhen her contract is up, she has to go. We turn when she is on. Now it is GMA and CBS.
This thread started before Jenna came out. I was one of many who was not a huge fan. But my opinion of her has softened since she came out.
Can't stand that cold calculating Erica Hill.
Jenna is irritatingly perky, but Erica Hill is cold and bitchy!
I wonder how the rating is with Erica?
I'd like to know the same question, R291. I don't dislike Erica Hill, but she seems to be the polar opposite of Jenna: stiff as a board.
Jenna Wolfe is bright and full of personality and should go far with another network who appreciates her. Erica Hill is a nice lady I'm sure but is too pushy. Lester Holt looks unhappy and is dwarfed beside her.
Jenna Wolfe is not personable, she has a chip on her shoulder and is not watchable. She attracts a small minority not the majority. Lucky she wasn't fired instead of demoted.
I agree, the chip on Jenna's shoulder was more like a boulder...very obvious, very annoying. Didn't like her presentation for a minute, she's always laughing at her own horrific jokes. How did she get the job as an anchor with so many more talented folks out there? The worst thing is - if we like Lester - we have to put up with a barrage of Jenna "baby" stories where she constantly injects "her" feelings about "her" baby and "her" pregnancy and "her" plans for names, clothes, room decor and stuff she should put in a journal.
She has zero talent and should be put on indefinite baby-leave.
I predict Jenna will go into labor and deliver her baby during a local news break one Saturday morning and not miss a second of airtime. The local newsbreak will end and Jenna will be on the Today show set breast feeding her new bundle of joy.
Bring Jenna back and get rid of sour puss they have now with Lester. Jenna is so much more interesting. Big Mistake
Oh, I like Jenna. She doesn't take everything so seriously. I enjoy her dry sense of humor, and it's obvious Lester adores her. During Lionel Richie's performance a few weeks ago, the camera cut to the anchors who were posing on the couches. Al and Natalie looked visibly uncomfortable to be almost touching each other, while Lester and Jenna were snuggled up and giggling like crazy. It was fun to see Lester loosen up, which he does in Jenna's presence. They are very close friends.
Erica has grown on me a bit although she can come across as fake nice, and I really like Dylan a lot. Lester and Erica are my favorites, though.
But yes, Jenna needs to back up a bit on the baby-obsessed stories. Then again, she did the same thing on all of her fitness pieces. She gets a passion and really explores it, I guess.
I love that Jenna's openly gay. It's admirable.
Erica was a total self-entitled bitch when she was hired for 360, like she had her career handed to her on a silver platter. So when she didn't get to sub for Anderson much, didn't get enough air time 360, and CNN didn't give her an anchor job, (and CNN didn't renew her after two years), she looked (and acted) like she was on to new career heights. Got fired from that gig, now reduced to the weekends on another network.
Has she been with this latest gig for two years yet? that seems to be it for her unless she loses her attitude.
If I were Natalie, R298, and I had Al Poker pressed up against me - I'd look a little uncomfortable too.
No, R299. Erica was fired from CBS Morning Show in mid to late summer. She joined Today's weekend edition in late October.
Seriously, R300. It was obvious producers had told them to play up to the cameras, but they couldn't make themselves do it. Their bodies were a couple feet apart and they were leaning their heads toward each other but never made contact. Al and Natalie were so ill at ease that close to each other!
Meanwhile, Jenna was laying across Lester and he had his head resting on hers. They were so cute together with all the giggling.
The disparity in body language between the two "couples" couldn't have been more telling.
I was only teasing, R302. The crew at weekday Today is damaged goods.
whatever the length of time was R301 my point was that if Erica was so damn good, why didn't CNN keep her? Why didn't CBS keep her, find another position for her? Both CNN and CBS could have found something for if they really wanted to.
I knew that, R300/303, I was sharing more details about how incredibly awkward it was to see Al and Natalie try to choke down their disdain for one another. I'm not sure how much longer Today's daily lineup can hold on.
[quote] why didn't CNN keep her? Why didn't CBS keep her
Because she wanted an ANCHOR position. There are only so many anchor spots for women at CBS. She could have been a general assignment reporter at CBS.
But that wasn't good enough for her. She wanted an anchor job.
Same for CNN - there are only so many anchor positions there too. problem is if she keeps losing these anchor positions, she'll start running out of national news organizations to go to.
why did Erica move to AC360? there was a rumor she was losing that HLN position so maybe Anderson offered her a spot, which ultimately didn't turn into the big anchor (or co-anchor) spot she was hoping for.
There was also a comment from the HLN days where Erica said they wouldn't LET her travel - not sure I believe that. Probs more like she didn't WANT to travel.
Erica, Erica, ERICA!!!
one reason jenna and lester are close is that they both have jamaican heritage -- maternal grandmother in lester's case and place of birth and early childhood in jenna's case. plus jenna is much more pleasant than erica.
The timing of Jenna Wolfe's demotion is so puzzling. Her lesbian lover had transferred from the London bureau 6-8 weeks earlier, and the women's relationship widely known around the Today Show and Nightly News offices. It was even a blind item in the NY Post in early October.
So in late October after 6 years in the Weekend anchor chair, Wolfe was demoted - right at the time she is undergoing fertility treatments to get pregnant. With a late August delivery date, she would have gotten pregnant in late October or early November.
It seems likely producers knew about the women's relationship or pregnancy plans when they brought in Erica Hill to take over anchor duties.
She is still as charming as ever. I love her.
R311 = Stephanie Gosk
LOL, R312. That was great.
I like Wolfe, but I really, really love Gosk.
r310/313 = jenna.
I wish, R314.
Jenna needs to go because she has nothing to contribute besides herself all about me attitude. She is very insecure and she gets nice nasty whenever Lester and Erica start to bond. She is using this pregnancy as leverage to keep attention on herself because she is not skilled or intellectual about anything else. Maternity leave can't come fast enough.
PhoenixStorm is here!
Erica seems cool and she is defintely more credible then Jenna as far as news versatility and belivability is concerned. She is better partner then Jenna because she brings equilbrium in the partnership with Lester. When the Boston marathon happened you saw the journalistic wavelength between those two. Jenna was out of place next to Lester and she was the dog riding on his professional coattails while she did fluff work.
Stephanie Gosk is cool and more likeable.
Wow, PhoenixStorm really is here at R318. She uses the same flawed syntax and poor spelling here as she does at TWoP. And she's still hot for Erica and thinks trashing Jenna is the way to boost Erica in the eyes of others. Or she's homophobic.
Jenna Wolfe is on this thread!
I wish, R321!
Personally, I think Lester looks more comfortable with Jenna than Erica. Erica seems a bit plastic or fake at times. Fake smile.
Did the earlier poster have more info on why CNN and CBS let her go?
I switch the channel whenever I see Erica Hill!
What a bitch!
Lester looked more comfortable with Amy Robach. That is one anchor, I miss. She was professional, classy, versatlie and respected Lester and her viewers.
Gosk seems awesome. Do we have any behind-the-scenes folks who have worked with her or know her otherwise?
Gosk is no dummy, she has a degree in economics and was a producer for ABC and used to be a peace corps volunteer.
R323: I don't think anyone really knows why Erica was let go from CNN and CBS but people have said that Erica only wants an anchor position
I don't understand why anyone care who the news anchor is at any given time. They just read the news. It is so mindless.
Anyone ever meet Stephanie Gosk?
Jenna comes across as an insecure self centered personality that measures anything and everything coming across the desk in terms of me, me, me... I cannot stand to watch her and her demotion is a good thing.
We all knew a Jenna Wolfe in HS or college. Full of annoying pep and never shut the fuck up. She could be funny but for the most part she was just like a gnat. Sort of like a female Andy Cohen. That being said I liked her rapport with Lester as I liked Amy Roback with Lester (Now she was fucked over by NBC but that's another story). Erica has melted a bit and become less dour so I have hope. She was replaced on CBS by Norah O'Donnell who is the exact opposite. She works much better with Charlie Rose than Erica.
Jenna Wolfe is very annoying - she can NOT report a newscast without talking about herself each time - I would like someone to show me any news that she reports on that doesn't have a reference to herself. Why is this unprfessional behavior acceptable to NBC??
I like Jenna. She's funny. We hear Erica talk about herself a lot too - it's part of the Today Show "we're a family" schtick.
I read that Norah O'Donnell is not happy to play second fiddle to Gayle!
She is a true journalist and yet at CBS, Gayle is considered the "STAR."
Jenna is polarizing, you either love or hate her and her style. On the other hand, Gosk appears to be universally liked. Someone must have something good regarding Gosk.......anything?
What's Heidi doing these days?
i actually loved Jenna's energy and enthusiasm and so looked forward to her on the weekends. Although I'm not completely "down" with the gay thing, i didn't find her domineering or offensive in any way. Erica's ok, but she's no Jenna. BRING JENNA BACK!!!
Jenna is great, lesbian or not, Erica Hill is a snotty nose bitchy face.
WTF? Lesbian or not?
I think R339 is saying that regardless of her sexual orientation, Jenna is great. It was just poorly phrased.
I kind of like Erica, but she can come across a bit fake, or at least she pours on the "morning show personality" a bit too thick sometimes.
Jenna is great in my book, but what do I know? I can't understand how Al Roker still has a job. He has become awful!
I must admit I'm disappointed that nobody knows anything about Stephanie Gosk. Didn't we used to have people who knew things at Datalounge?
[quote] Although I'm not completely "down" with the gay thing, i didn't find her domineering or offensive in any way. Erica's ok, but she's no Jenna.
What the hell are you doing on a gay board then?
Thank goodness I am not the only one that cannot stand Al Roker.
So how much longer will Matt Lauer and Al Roker stick around?
I'm really enjoying Jenna on the weekend show. I hope they have plans to keep her around.
I like that Dylan broad over Roker.
Dylan is very nice, and even tempered
Dylan is pretty awesome. She seems really nice, plus is not difficult to look at. I actually think the three weekend ladies - Dylan, Jenna and Erica - have great rapport with each other.
Still loathe chirpy self-absorbed Jenna.
Dylan really is becoming very comfortable on Today. She was not on very long before the Jenna/Erica transition happened and all the attention seemed to go in that direction while Dylan flew under the radar.
I would find Jenna self-absorbed if she weren't so self-depracating. She's really pretty tough on herself. They have her doing a lot of pregnancy-related stories, but that's on the producers, not her.
How do folks feel about Erica Hill? I like her more than I did when she was on CBS, but I'd rather see Lester Holt take the lead more than she does.
Well, since you asked, R350, ever since Erice in the NYC on the set of AC360, she has had this little-miss-know-it-all-holier-than-thow-bitch attitude which, with each subsequent job loss (from AC360 to the CBS weekday show) may have toned down a peg or two. can't stand her.
Meant to say ever since Erica arrived on the NYC set of AC360, she has had this little-miss-know-it-all-holier-than-thow-bitch attitude which, with each subsequent job loss (from AC360 to the CBS weekday show) may have toned down a peg or two. can't stand her. She thought on AC360 the fans would just luv her!
Did Hill leave AC360 on her own or was she shown the door?
When did Lester Holt become such a major player at NBC? It seems like he's been there forever, but I don't remember his beginning.
I find Jenna nothing but irritating. Her self-deprication is just her way of keeping the focus on her. She's not even clever at it.
R353: Erica's contract at CNN/AC360 was not renewed. don't know the reason.
Dylan used to do weather on the NBC affiliate in Providence. Within the past ten years she has moved on to Boston and now New York. A very fast trajectory. Very pretty and personable. Like her and Phil Karns on MSNBC
How old is Dylan? Surely Al Roker will retire soon.
I really like Lester and Jenna together. She loosens him up and he elevates her. Good duo. Erica and Lester are just there together, no real dynamic.
I agree R357
I don't see Erica having chemistry with anyone.
Kate Snow subbed for Erica today. She seemed to do a good job. Jenna did not seem too happy - girlfriend is getting BIG btw...
No Erica or Lester today. Chris Jansing and Carson Daly were subbing - they did a pretty good job together. Jenna and Dylan were there. I really think Erica brings nothing to the table.
I am a fan of Carson Daly. I wish he was not getting fat again.
Love Jenna. She's looking incredibly happy these days. She and Dylan are the highlights of the weekend shows.
They should have Carson Daly and Lester do the weekend Today show.
Erica is super annoying and nobody seems to like her!
Did you watch Carson today? He seems a little bland if harmless.
Watching Erica in the AM is a terrible exercise in futility.
The woman has no personality, does not know how to smile, and is BORING!!!!
I cannot believe Jenna was demoted.
She and Lester obviously have fun together and made the show interesting, light hearted, and a good weekend watch.
Get rid of Erica...or tell her to find a personality!!
No job seems safe as host on ALL the morning network shows. I like Ann Curry. Looked what happened to her.
Chris did a good job with Lester today too. I guess that anyone would be better than Erica.
Erica needs to do something with that HAIR. I'm flattered she feels the need my "Secretary of State" do - but even I have move on to a more flattering style.
Jenna is looking phenomenal with just more than 3 weeks left until her due date. She also looks incredibly happy.
I content the weekend Today lineup is so much better than the daily one: Lester, Erica, Jenna and Dylan. Only Erica falls short in my eyes.
Jenna will be holding down the fort during the 2014 Sochi Games, while Lester and Erica will be hosting Weekend Today from Russia.
Why would they leave Jenna behind?
Jenna is the only breath of fresh air on the weekend and often appears during the week.
How did Erica even get to these high profile jobs?
Maybe, just maybe, Jenna would rather be here in the US with her young baby than in Russia.
Why turn down an Olympic assignment?
I'm more curious, R373, the story behind her losing her CNN job and later the CBS gig. Erica was rehired relatively quickly after each loss. It's so suspicious that Erica was hired to replace Jenna, who was bumped to newsreader, just a few weeks after Jenna's girlfriend transferred from the London office to the NY one. Everyone at 30 Rock knew they were a couple. How can producers say the decision had nothing to do with Jenna becoming openly gay?
Jenna does seem to have handled the change well, despite a rocky first couple days.
And have they already announced who will be in Russia for the NBC lineup?
R376: I posted R373. I have no idea why Erica left CNN - was actually a little surprised as I thought that Anderson "adored" her (yes, I always knew Anderson was gay so not that kind of adored) so after so many years under the CNN umbrella (HLN then CNN), CNN didn't keep her
my guess is that Erica is not major news/cable network material. her job with 360 didn't last, her weekday job with Chris Wragge didn't last, and now she's the weekend gal.
my guess is some day she will be on a local news channel.
Agree about the baby but will add a reminder that Jenna is gay and Putin don't like gay. To send her opens up a whole can of politics!
R389 - Erica should either cut or grow her hair. This length does not flatter her.
Erica was offered other reporting assignments at CBS. But she was very clear, she wanted an anchor position.
Since there was no open anchor position to offer her, they allowed her to look for something else.
So it was a mutual parting of the ways at CBS
R380: I guess this is why CNN let her go because they had no anchor positions for her?
Erica never travels unless it is for something light and fluffy like the prince William wedding or the olympics. She can't do hard news.
R381 - You're wrong. And Erica got her start covering technology.
R382: what is R381 wrong about? What does her start in technology have to do with CNN or CBS keeping?
Erica can do more things that just fluffy pieces.
I guess I stopped watching Erica after she left AC360 as I don't watch morning tv. From what I saw there, she did the fluff. I guess she's changed.
I was thinking about the homophobic atmosphere there too R378, although I figured that hopefully NBC and other media companies would provide security to protect their employees from crazy people who want to arrest all gay people as well as other security threats.
The NBC tree has several out gays and lesbians, including Wolfe, Gosk, Maddow and Roberts, and at least a couple gay producers. It will be interesting to see how many will be on the Olympics coverage team.
Ever since the Tiki Barber incident, Jenna left a bad taste in my mouth. As time went on, she continued with her sharp, forked-tongue comments towards her other show mates; no matter who they were. I am so glad to hear she is either leaving or demoted, so I wont have to see or hear from her on the show. She lacks professionalism and being "sassy" is not neccessary for a news show. Get going Jenna! you blew it for yourself, learn from your older collegues and watch "how its done".
S.A.C. in Cali
What are you talking about, R388? Jenna was moved to newsreader last October, but she remains a big part of both weekend shows. She also subbed in for Natalie on the third hour of the daily show a few weeks ago and continues to do story assignments for the daily and weekend shows.
You blame Jenna for the Tiki Barber incident? He called her a "cunt" on air. Oh, and he was also having an affair with a 21-year-old blonde intern while his wife was pregnant with twins. He left his wife and four children for her. That Tiki, he's a class act!
I love what Jenna brings to Today. She's funny, and her co-hosts love her, too, including Erica, Lester and Dylan.
Jenna is doing fine, she looked very beautiful this morning. Pregnancy becomes her. She is the one bright spot on the weekends.
Agreed, R390, but I'll add Dylan to your list. So many blondes come across as cool or distant, but she seems genuinely nice and personable.
Love Dylan! Jenna is HUGE!
Jenna's due next week but is still sporting high heels on the Today show. She looks amazing. Her belly is huge, but the rest of her looks shipshape. She looks incredibly happy too.
She was so big last week that I even wondered if she'd be on today.
Jenna wrote in a blog that she and her partner went to the doctor recently expecting to hear the baby had dropped and she would deliver any day. Instead, they heard the opposite. She might go to her actual delivery date, which might mean she'll still be working next weekend.
I hope Jenna becomes a stay at home Mom and NEVER comes back on-air. She is a brash, loud-mouth, self-absorbed, no talent. How she ever got on-air is beyond me. She makes Weekend Today unwatchable.
Today was Jenna's last day - she stated she would be gone for 8 weeks.
What a sweet on-air tribute to Jenna from her peers. Lester almost choked up talking about how kind, big-hearted and loving Jenna is. He also said she tries to hide those attributes behind a rough-and-tough, sarcastic exterior. It's obvious how much he adores her.
Erica, Dylan and the rest also said beautiful things about Jenna today. I will miss her for the next couple months.
Who knows, they may all be phony, but I even teared up a bit. I will miss her, the rest of the weekend crew bores me. I want to do Lester though
What did Erica say, given the tension between these two ladies
You could tell the ones who were speaking to the camera just to be on camera: Kathie Lee, Matt. But the rest seemed very genuine: Lester, Erica, Dylan, Natalie, Al, Hoda, Willie, Savannah.
I thought it was great that Jenna mentioned Steph, and the segment showed several photos of them together. No hiding.
I think the tension between them is long gone, R400. Erica actually seems to adore Jenna now, lots of in-jokes, warm looks, etc. Erica talked about how the best moment will be Jenna's first time alone with her family, how much it will mean to her.
Jenna also gave a very sweet speech at the end about how much she loves Today and her friends at work.
Or Erica is a great actress. R402
I don't think so, R403. You could see the visible tension between them the first few weeks, but there has been a gradual warming, especially in recent months. I think Jenna's pregnancy really bonded them.
Plus, Jenna is a bad actress. Everything she thinks and feels crosses her face. There's nothing plastic or phony about her, which is what I like about her. She likes Erica now. It certainly seems mutual.
I still want more gossip about Stephanie Gosk, but none seems to exist. Nobody every badmouths her.
It could be that the pregnancy bonded hem. Erica has a few young kids.
TODAY anchor and correspondent Jenna Wolfe and NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk welcomed a baby girl, named Harper Estelle Wolfeld Gosk, born Aug. 21 at 7:31 p.m. She weighs seven pounds, 13 ounces.
Gosk tweeted the first photo of the baby with Wolfe. She's so cute!
Congrats to them!
I am the proud daddy.
Today had an interview this AM with Jenna, Stephanie, and the baby. It was great - they were portrayed as any other family that just welcomed a new addition. It was very natural and they looked very happy.
Nice to hear, R410. They are such a cute couple. The photos of Harper are adorable.
Showing them like any other couple goes a long way in Middle America. Here's to Steph and Jenna and their openness.
Saw them on the Today show. Perfect. Gosk is adorkable, isn't she?
Stephanie seems very nice. I'd seen her reports for ages and am not sure how I missed her being lesbian.
I agree, R413. Jenna just kind of screamed gay to me, but it never occurred to me that Stephanie was gay. She was a hell of a foreign correspondent.
Another great follow-up on Weekend Today with the crew in the studio with Jenna, Stephanie, and Harper at home. So naturally done. I am touched.
Who is the guy filling in for Jenna this AM
missed his name.
That would be Tom Llamas from NBC-4 in New York. Very cute, but very large teeth when he smiles.
So many beautiful photos and sweet moments in the Wolfe-Gosk segment. All three looked so happy to be a family. Today handled the segment with such class and warmth, even several times showing a photo of the two women in the hospital bed with their baby girl.
Matt Lauer was the sperm donor.
Oh, I'm sure Matt's wife would have approved that, R419. They used an anonymous sperm donor through a sperm bank to avoid any conflicts.
Erica is so boring. Jenna has personality. She should have kept her job
I have given Erica a chance and I still do not care for her! They need Jenna back! She has a great personality and did a much better job than Erica!
Erica is a bitter bitch. She looks pisses all the time.
Did anyone catch Jenna on Friday's show with her partner Stephanie and three other NBC News/Today reporters who had recently had babies? They looked gorgeous, especially Stephanie, who was holding their sleeping daughter.
Today has impressed me by being so open about their relationship. That was at least the fifth time they've been together or talked about their pregnancy.
I agree, R425. NBC and Today have handled Jenna and Stephanie's relationship and new baby so naturally like any other couple.
I love Jenna she didn't deserve to get demoted
Agreed, R427, but the same viewers who complain about morning shows' cookie-cutter approach to female talent (plastic faces, fake smiles, forced laughter, pretend ditziness) don't like Jenna because she doesn't fit that mold. She's not like everyone else, and that makes some viewers uncomfortable.
I think she's hilarious and good at her job. Let's hope she's welcomed back with open arms in a few weeks.
I suspect that she will. I think during the past year we have ALL gotten to know the REAL Jenna! She didn't make much sense before.
How do you think the soccer moms will respond to Jenna long term, R429? Will they accept the gay mom thing or will she make them uncomfortable?
I think most soccer moms are actually ok with the gay thing - look at Ellen's popularity with her show.
I seems to me that Jenna was probably hurting ratings. Did not care for her and prefer Erica. Jenna occupies a different world than most.
Weekend ratings are down in recent weeks when Jenna has been on maternity leave, R432. That doesn't uphold your theory.
Jenna is a national treasure.
WELL I PERSONALLY NEVER DID LIKE JENNA, I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE TREATED LESTER HOLT DESPECTFUL, SHE OVERRIDES EVERYONE WHEN THEY TALK.. SHE HAS NO MANNERS, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE HAS A DIP IN HER MOUTH ALL THE TIME.. I BET LESTER IS GLAD SHE WILL NOT BE HOSTING WITH HIM, BUT LESTER HAS MORE CLASS IN HIS LITTLE FINGER, THAN SHE HAS IN HER WHOLE BODY... SO MOVE ON JENNA, ITS JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE SHOP, THATS HOW THEY OPERATE, BUT I HAD RATHER LOOK AT ERICA, THAN JENNA, THE TODAY SHOW HAS BEEN IN TROUBLE FOR A LONG TIME ANYWAY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE SAM CHAMPION AT GMA IS LEAVING , SO NOTHING LAST FOREVER.. JUST BE GLAD YOU HAVE A JOB, MILLIONS DO NOT HAVE A JOB, PLUS I THINK JENNA, SHOULD OWN A WORK OUT GYM, SHE IS SO MANLY, PEOPLE GET TIRED OF LOOKING AT THOSE WORKOUT SESSIONS, SO GET OWN WITH YOUR LIFE MS JENNA, OR GO HOME.... GROW UP, THIS IS THE REAL WORLD.....
Is R435 a parody post or is somebody drunk?
Lester and Jenna are very close friends in real life, but nice try.
Any news on when Jenna will be back from maternity leave? Seems like she has been gone for a long time!
Is Erica gay? What about Norah Jones or Maureen Maher?
Any gossip from CBS this morning? Did Erica and Gayle get along? What about Norah or Charlie Rose
She's supposed to be back Saturday. She took a full 3 months maternity.
Erica is straight with kids.
Still don't get how Erica Hill is able to find anchor jobs in national news circuit. HLN, CNN, CBS and now NBC. She had her hayday as Anderson Cooper flirt buddy but she is mediocre and more suited for local news then national news. Focus groups can't connect to Erica Hill depsite her effort to push herself as a working mom with a busy job. She really can't hold a candle next to Lester Holt, she is vapid and brings nothing to the show. I think she has anxiety issues. Rebecca Jarvis was so much better than her and more intelligent.
Tuned in this weekend, and Jenna looks fabulous. Very fit already, and the others seemed glad to have her back.
Quite a few photos and video included of her partner. Today doesn't try to hide that Jenna's gay, which is nice.