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October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

August 4, 2014

'I was assigned male at birth but I always felt like I was a girl'

First she took on Katie Couric and now Gayle King.

Actress Laverne Cox, nominated for an Emmy for her role on Orange is the New Black, once again found herself in the position of educating a TV host about how to interview transgender people.

Cox recently appeared on CBS This Morning where co-host Gayle King - also known as Oprah Winfrey's BFF - was stopped cold when she began the conversation this way: 'Let's let people know about you, Laverne, because you were born a boy but ... '

July 8, 2014

Former co-host is reportedly in talks to rejoin ABC talk show seven years after her very fiery exit

ABC's The View is reportedly in talks with Rosie O'Donnell, the most controversial host in the show's history, to return to the fold.

According to TMZ, O’Donnell is in 'active negotiations' to rejoin. She is the only lesbian to have been a permanent host on the show since its debut in 1997.

June 13, 2014

Regarding asking trans people about body parts, Cox tells Couric: 'It’s only a mistake if you make it twice'

Laverne Cox returned to The Katie Couric Show this week and there were no awkward moments like the last time they met on the air.

Couric was widely criticized and educated on the air by Cox after asking about genitalia.

'Last time you were here, I got a lot of flack because I asked about the physical process,' Couric said. 'I learned it is very, very upsetting and that your anatomy has very little to do with your gender identity.'

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 9, 2014

Orange is The New Black star 'grateful' for the opportunity to bring trans issues to the forefront

Laverne Cox is grateful to Katie Couric.

The daytime talk show host may have put the Orange is the New Black star on the spot by asking her about her genitalia but the resulting uproar has made it all worth it.

January 8, 2014

Model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox tell talk show host such things are personal

Katie Couric wanted model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox, both transgender, to tell her audience about their private parts during a show that aired this week.

They refused.

Couric asked Victoria Secret model Carrera: 'Your private parts are different now, aren't they?'

Responded Carrera: 'I don't want to talk about it, it's really personal.'

She added: 'After the transition there's still life to live. I still have my career goals, I still have my family goals.'

January 3, 2014

Roberts will also be regular presence on the network's Morning Joe show

Thomas Roberts will be setting his alarm clock a lot earlier beginning 23 January.

The MSNBC anchor, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists in television news, has been named host of the network's Way to Early show and becomes a regular contributor to Morning Joe.

Way to Early airs weekdays at 5:30 am (Eastern time) and is followed by the three-hour Morning Joe program. He replaces Brian Shactman as host.

August 1, 2013

Truth Wins Out: 'Adding her to NBC’s coverage won’t fly in the face of the Olympic spirit, but rather enhance it'

A petition has been launched demanding that NBC add lesbian journalist Rachel Maddow to its broadcast team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as 'human rights correspondent.'

Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism, wants Maddow on hand to deliver 'hard-hitting pieces exposing the reality of what LGBT people, political dissidents and other minorities face every day under the Putin regime.'

April 28, 2013

Comic Conan O'Brien makes a joke about a Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper date at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is often called an adult prom for nerds. Political journalists wear tuxedoes and evening gowns while drinking with high powered politicians, including the president of the United States.

April 25, 2013

AJ Clemente's 'gut wrenching' gaffe has him looking for work

AJ Clemente has gone from anchoring at a tiny station in North Dakota to appearing on NBC's The Today Show in a matter of days.

But he didn't get a promotion - he got fired.

Clemente, unaware he was on the air, appeared to say 'gay fucking shit' at the start of his very first newscast as weekend anchor at the Bismarck station KFYR-TV.

He told Today's Matt Lauer and Savannah Gutherie he was struggling to practice the name of London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede, mangled it, then said the expletive.

April 1, 2013

Cooper's CNN colleague Howard Kurtz reports he's not interested

Anderson Cooper has not yet commented on reports that NBC News has approached him about taking over Matt Lauer's job as host of The Today Show.

But his CNN colleague Howard Kurtz, host of the show Reliable Sources, reported on Sunday (31 March) that Cooper is not interested in the gig.

Kurtz said Cooper, who hosts a nightly show Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, prefers to stay with the cable network.

March 27, 2013

CNN star also reportedly being considered as replacement for Matt Lauer on The Today Show

With Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show ending soon, the CNN star has some intriguing possible gigs including a show with pal Kathy Griffin and becoming host of NBC's The Today Show.

Deadline is reporting that Cooper and Griffin, who have co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage for at least six years, filmed a pilot this week at CNN studios in New York.

Details are sketchy but it was filmed in front of a live audience that included new CNN boss Jeff Zucker.

March 27, 2013

Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk are expecting a baby this summer

Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk are both well-known faces to viewers on NBC various news programs.

What viewers did not know until Wednesday (27 March) morning is that the two star network news journalists are a couple and are expecting a baby this summer.

Wolfe appeared on The Today Show (she co-hosts the weekend edition of the show) to share the news that she is pregnant and went public about her relationship with Gosk, a foreign correspondent.

January 24, 2013

Says Notre Dame football star: 'Far from from it. Faaaaar from that'

The Notre Dame football star whose well-publicized dead girlfriend turned out to be a hoax tells Katie Couric in an interview that he is not gay.

Manti Te'o, runner up for college football's Heisman Trophy, appeared in Couric's syndicated talk show in an episode that aired Thursday (24 January) to answer questions about a story that has been national news in the US in the past two weeks.

December 27, 2012

Miami ceremony to be performed by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts

Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, officially married Rubem Robierb in New York City last Friday (21 December) but that was only the first step in the wedding march for the couple.

They have headed down to Miami, Florida, where they will have a New Year's Eve ceremony with a more festive, party atmosphere.

Miami is Robierb's hometown and it was at a New Year's Eve party that the couple first met.

The ceremony will be conducted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, a fellow newlywed.

December 21, 2012

A recuperating Robin Roberts reads poem at ceremony

Good Morning America's weather anchor Sam Champion married photographer Rubem Robierb in New York City on Friday (21 December).

November 16, 2012

'It’s a whole different era, his generation'

Sally Field, currently getting Oscar buzz for her performance in the new film Lincoln, talked about more than the movie during an appearance on Katie Couric's daytime talk show to air Monday (20 November).

Field shared with Couric her pride in being introduced by her gay son, Sam Greisman, when she was presented with the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award last month in Washington DC.

November 10, 2012

Tricia Macke: admits her comments were 'insensitive and inappropriate'

A news anchor for the Fox affiliate in Cincinatti, Ohio apologized late Friday (9 November) for calling MSNBC's lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow an 'angry young man.'

Hours after the Gay Alliance Against Defamation started a petition demanding that Tricia Macke apologize for comments she posted on her Facebook page last month, she did so.

November 9, 2012

GLAAD and Equality Ohio have started petition against Tricia Macke

Tricia Macke, a news anchor for the Fox affiliate in Cincinatti, Ohio, is under fire for calling MSNBC's lesbian anchor Rachel Maddow an 'angry young man.'

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Equality Ohio have launched a petition calling on Fox 19 to condemn comments made last month by Macke on her her Facebook page.

October 1, 2012

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom performs ceremony in NYC

The setting was the rooftop of Manhattan's Gansevoort Hotel on Park Ave. as MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts married his longtime partner, Patrick Abner, in New York City over the weekend.

The couple exchanged their vows in a ceremony Saturday (29 September) performed by Gavin Newsom, the Lieutenant Governor of California and former San Francisco mayor who in 2004 authorized same-sex marriages in that city which were later annulled.

'The BEST night ever with Patrick Abner,' Roberts tweeted after the ceremony. 'Thanks to the most amazing friends and family.'

August 18, 2012

Rachel Maddow will be part of MSNBC's primetime convetion coverage

Rachel Maddow will be the co-anchor for MSNBC's primetime Democratic and Republican convention coverage.