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NBC Entertainment Chairman's 'Heart Goes Out' To Ann Curry

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Ann Curry may have gotten the boot from The Today Show, but at least someone powerful feels bad about it.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt spoke to reporters about the issue on Tuesday during the Television Critics Association press conference. After emphasizing that he had no no "real involvement" with her removal, he continued:

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NBC Gives Whitney And Up All Night Full Season Orders!

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It's the Circle of Life…on NBC.

The Playboy Club may have been cancelled, but the network has ordered full season for their new comedies Whitney and Up All Night!

Here's what NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had to say about it:

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Much Ado About Maria Bello's Hat

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TV critics are really irritated by Maria Bello's fedora in the new NBC drama Prime Suspect and they're doing everything in their power to get it to go away.

First, they went to NBC's head of entertainment Robert Greenblatt, who said:

"I like the hat. It’s iconic and, you know … [1970s Kojak star] Telly Savalas, didn’t he have a hat? … I hope you all write about the hat."

Not happy with that answer, they moved on to executive producer Alexandra Cunningham and told her it's both distracting and outdated. Her response?

"It’s very accurate in terms of NYPD detectives. They all seem to wear hats. I don’t know whether it’s a weather thing or whether it’s one of the only fashion statements they can make, considering how buttoned down they all have to be. But I was surprised by the number of fedoras, especially given it’s 2011. So it’s Maria’s iconic idiosyncrasy."

Alright, and what about Maria Bello. Does wearing the hat bother her? Nope! Not even close. Bello says:

"I was obsessed with the hat. Yes. I feel like it’s my magic hat. When I put it on, I was this character. It felt right to me. It felt like this is who Jane is. And I got it from my friend Claire. The first night I ever met her, she handed me the hat. She said, ‘This belongs to you.’ And I put it on, and for me, it’s Jane Timoney."

And there you have it.

Remember critics, there's a reason why you're writing about TV shows and not fashion.

[Image courtesy of NBC.]

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Check Out Christopher Meloni And Mariska Hargitay's Replacements On Law & Order: SVU!

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We'll be VERY curious to see if these two will be able to replace the magic between the two leads that made this show so great to begin with!

As we've reported, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as we know it will be gone forever after its upcoming thirteenth season, as Christopher Meloni has left the police procedural, and Mariska Hargitay has taken a reduced role for one final year, which has left the door open for two new leads to come in.

And after a grueling search, it appears the final ruling is in:

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Tina Fey And NBC Entertainment Chief Respond To Tracy Morgan's Anti-Gay Rant

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Preach it, sister!

In light of Tracy Morgan's HOrrific, hateful tirade against the LGBT community during a stand-up comedy show in Nashville earlier this month, both his boss and co-star on 30 Rock, Tina Fey, and NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt have issued statements apologizing on his behalf!

Greenblatt says:

"We will always recognize an artist’s freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context. Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both 30 Rock and NBC – two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations – and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance."

And Fey follows up:

"Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person. I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket. The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace."

God, she hits the nail right on the head, just as we'd expect her to!

We're just as baffled by this behavior as they both seem to be, as Morgan never seemed to come off like this hateful a human being, so who knows exactly what's going on?

But we're thrilled to know that not even those closest to him are tolerating that kind of despicable, ignorant and violent thought process, and sincerely hope that this has been a huge wake-up call for him!

We expected better from you, Tracy. Such a shame.

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