Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer on "Today"

Hoda Kotb has been named a permanent co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show alongside Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer.  They made the announcement this morning at the start of the show.

That tumble that Carrie Underwood took back in November was a lot worse than we thought.  Carrie fell in her house in Nashville, leaving her with a broken wrist that required surgery.  Now, in a letter to members of her fan club, Carrie has revealed that she hurt much more than just her wrist.  She writes, "There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up. It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life. In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. Now…seven weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same... When I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different."

Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, welcomed baby number three on New Years Eve!  It’s their first boy, Hayes Alba Warren.

 Maria Menounos married Kevin Undergaro in the middle of Times Square on New Years Eve on live TV!  The ceremony was officiated by Steve Harvey on FOX.

Mariah Carey made good on her “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” do-over!  After her disastrous performance last year, she came out in the frigid temperatures and performed “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”

 

Happy New Year!!!! ♥️🦋🎉

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) onDec 31, 2017 at 10:21pm PST

 

Found my tea! ☕

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) onDec 31, 2017 at 11:37pm PST

Gillian Anderson has confirmed that she's done with The X-Files. The actress says the series’ upcoming 11th season will be her last as Dana Scully.

Totals for the four-day New Year holiday weekend at the movies are in:

  1. “Star Wars:  The Last Jedi” - $68.4 million
  2. “Jumanji:  Welcome to the Jungle” - $66.5 million
  3. “Pitch Perfect 3” - $21 million
  4. “The Greatest Showman” - $20.8 million
  5. “Ferdinand” - $14.6 million

 

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