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Kate Upton Considers Teen's Prom Invite

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jake Davidson is one brave 17-year-old.

The high school senior from Los Angeles asked Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton to be his prom date via a YouTube video. In the clip, titled “Kate Upton, Will You Go to Prom with Me?” Jake explains why Upton should be his date.

“Kate, can I call you Katie? OK, Kate works,” Jake says in the video, while taking a shower.

“Kate, great moments are born from great opportunity and that is what you have here today, a chance to make a nice guy’s senior year the best ever,” he continues, while tying his tie.

He goes on to explain that he can’t dance and he’s shorter than her, but they do have things in common, including Sports Illustrated. Upton poses in it wearing swimsuits and Jake reads it.

And Jake might just get his perfect prom. The model tweeted back to him Tuesday, saying, “You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video! I’ll check my schedule ;)”

Jake was then surprised on NBC’s Today show this morning by a phone call from Upton.

“This just got so much better now that you’re on the phone,” he said before pitching his prom night to her. “I’m telling you it will be a great night, great evening. I could even get the curfew extended hopefully by my parents, maybe. I hope you’d be interested if your schedule is free, and what time should I pick you up if you are interested?”

Upton, 20, told the teen he seems like a lot of fun but she has to check her schedule.

If the date goes through, Jake might just have to work on changing his 11 p.m. curfew.


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Jennifer Lopez on "Idol" Job: It May Be 'Time for Me to Go'

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Rumors that Jennifer Lopez won't be returning for a third season of American Idol have been running rampant and during an appearance Thursday on NBC's Today show, the star herself seemed to indicate it's not a rumor -- that she may indeed be nearing the end of the road as a judge on the hit Fox series.

"I am thinking that it's time for me to go," Lopez said on Today.  "I've loved it so much. I've enjoyed the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show ... It's a tough decision either way, but I have to say there are so many things I do that I put on hold for that."

But Lopez stopped short of saying she was through with American Idol.  When asked if she had made up her mind, she told Today's Natalie Morales, "Little by little I am ... I love everybody, I love all the guys on the show, I love the family that's there ... but I am thinking it's time for me to go and do other things I love to do."

Some American Idol watchers have opined that Lopez's seeming indecision about whether or not to return to Idol is part of a ploy to land a larger salary for next season.

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Ann Curry Says Tearful Goodbye to "Today"

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Curry gave a tearful goodbye to the Today show this morning. Fighting back tears and with her voice breaking, she told the audience, “It’s not how I ever expected to leave this couch after 15 years.”

Curry confirmed the worst-kept secret in the TV biz: that she’s been forced out of her anchor position on NBC’s Today show. The surprising part was that today was her last day on the program.

Sitting beside Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, she referred to them as “family,” but, speaking directly to the audience watching, she added, “You are the real Today show family.”

“I have loved you and have wanted to give you the world,” she said.

Curry said that NBC has given her “some fancy new titles” and she will travel all over the world, contributing stories to the network, including on Today.

“I’m not even sure I can sleep in anymore,” she said ruefully.

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According to USA Today, Curry has signed a new multi-year deal with NBC News under which she’ll serve as a national and international correspondent and contribute to the organization’s many news programs.

Curry then thanked some of the people behind the scenes, saying “I love all of you.”

Perhaps the most emotional moment came when she referred to all of those “who saw me as a groundbreaker.”

“I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line,” she said tearfully.

Referring to her tearful goodbye, Lauer told Curry that she has “the biggest heart in the business and you’ve put it on display every single day.”

“Most importantly you made us better,” said Lauer, adding that Curry will contribute to Today during the Olympics.

Earlier, in what USA Today described as an emotional interview with the newspaper, Curry predicted that today would be a “bit of a tough day” for her, adding, “I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”

There had been speculation that Curry is the reason why the Today show now finds itself in a neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC’s Good Morning America after many years on top, but Curry denied that’s the case.

Curry also scoffed at the idea that she and co-anchor Matt Lauer lacked on-air chemistry, though she said, “In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone.” She told the paper that she didn’t think she was given enough time to work out those kinks.

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"Good Morning America" Breaks "Today’s" Winning Streak

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It’s official: Good Morning America has broken Today’s 852 week long streak to become the No. 1 morning news show on television.

During the week of April 9, ABC’s GMA drew 31,000 more viewers than Today, marking its first full-week victory over NBC’s morning show since 1995.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood congratulated the show and thanked its viewers in an email to ABC News’ staff Thursday morning.

“First and foremost, we thank our GMA viewers and online audience — a loyal and growing number who motivate us every single morning,” he wrote. “All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at Good Morning America who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program.”

“We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways,” he added. “Of course, we congratulate our friends at Today for the greatest winning streak in broadcasting history and for their excellence and leadership during this historic run.  It’s a special day for ABC News and, after a proper celebration 852 weeks in the making, we’ll get right back to work to be ready tomorrow to help GMA viewers start their day with a rewarding experience and big picture understanding of the world.”

Preliminary Nielsen ratings released Monday signaled GMA’s triumph over Today. That day, Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today, congratulated the GMA team.

Today’s 852-week winning streak had taken on a life of its own and as odd as it is to see it end, we should acknowledge just how remarkable it has been,” he said. “So as we tip our caps to the team at Good Morning America, we can also take a bow ourselves and recognize the work done by countless staffers for so long.”

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Alec Baldwin Blasts "Today" Show, Claims He's Leaving "30 Rock"

Marc Stamas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin on Wednesday dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he's leaving 30 Rock during a Twitter rant that targeted another NBC program: the Today show.

Baldwin was apparently upset that a Today show crew camped outside his New York City apartment building as part of a segment regarding the recent arrest of his alleged stalker.

In a series of tweets, Baldwin writes, "Outside my apt today, along side [sic] the other stalkers from the tabloid press, a crew that identified themselves as being with the Today Show....I haven't appeared on the Today Show in many years. But did they have to camp outside my apt?....No one from NBC contacted me until the Today Show arrived at my apt. I think I'm leaving NBC just in time."

Despite Baldwin's suggestion that his days on 30 Rock are numbered, E! Online reports he remains committed to the comedy.

Last weekend, a Canadian actress named Genevieve Sabourin was charged with stalking after attempting to contact Baldwin.

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Matt Lauer Signs New Contract to Remain on "Today" Show

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Forget all that talk of Ryan Seacrest replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Lauer will remain with NBC's morning news program after signing a new, multi-year contract with the network, according to The New York Times, which spoke with NBC News President Steve Capus.  The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but is reporting he received close to $30 million per year.

Capus tells the Times, "Matt is the franchise, and our franchise player has decided to keep leading our team."

An official announcement is expected on Friday's edition of the Today show.  Lauer has co-anchored the morning news program since 1997.

There had been rumors that Seacrest may eventually replace Lauer as co-anchor on the program, since Lauer's previous contract reportedly was set to expire at the end of the year.  Earlier this week, Seacrest announced he will be involved in NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in London.

It's still possible a spot may open up alongside Lauer, according to TMZ, which claims he no longer wants Ann Curry as his co-host.  Allegedly, Savannah Guthrie is in line to take over for Curry.

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Justin Bieber on DNA Test: ‘I Did It Because I Wanted To’

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber said on ABC’s The View that he’s taken a DNA test in connection with Mariah Yeater’s now defunct paternity suit against him.

“I didn’t have to do it, I did it because I wanted to,” he said on The View on Wednesday. “I wanted everything to be out in the open.”

“You always have to keep your head high,” he said about the paternity suit reports, adding “I think we’re bringing too much attention to this girl.”

Earlier Wednesday, Yeater’s attorney Jeffrey Leving told that his client is looking forward to comparing her son’s DNA with Bieber’s. In her paternity suit, Yeater claimed that Bieber is the father of her son Tristyn, the result of a backstage tryst at one of his concerts last year. Yeater dismissed the suit last week but her lawyer claims that negotiations for settlement are ongoing.

Bieber’s reps declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Bieber’s busy promoting his new Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. He performed the album’s title track on The View with Mary J. Blige and chatted about a special someone he’s thankful for: His girlfriend, Selena Gomez.

“People know that we’re dating and stuff but I like to keep a certain privacy,” he said when asked what drew him to Gomez. “I have to have something that’s special to me that I don’t share with everyone else.”

Earlier in the morning, he appeared on NBC's Today show and performed before a throng of screaming fans at New York City's Rockefeller Center.

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Justin Bieber Denies Paternity Suit Claims

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber is making the rounds promoting his latest album, Under the Mistletoe, which means that sooner or later, he was going to have to field questions about the accusations that he fathered a child with a 20-year-old woman named Mariah Yeater.

Bieber did so Friday on NBC's Today show, telling Matt Lauer, "I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true.  I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim."

In her paternity suit, Yeater claims she had sex with Justin a year ago, backstage after one of his concerts, and claims he's the father of her three-month-old baby.  But Justin told Lauer that what Yeater is claiming doesn't make sense.

"I think it's crazy because every night after the show, I've gone right from the stage right to my car," he said. "So it's crazy that some people want to make up some false allegations, but to set the record straight, none of it is true. Never met the woman."

Justin's fans are furious about the paternity suit, and many have been threatening on Twitter to harm Yeater.  The singer said that he's willing to take the good with the bad in this business, and added, "I want to focus on what's real, like, my fans are real, [and] the charity work that I'm doing with this album is real."

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Report: Meredith Vieira Leaving 'Today' Show in June

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira could take a cue from her Today show predecessor, Katie Couric, and leave her job in the near future.

The Hollywood Reporter is apparently confirming earlier rumors, saying Vieira will depart NBC's Today show in June, nearly three months before her contract expires.  The publication's website reports Today newsreader Ann Curry will replace Vieira as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer, while Today correspondent Natalie Morales will be named to Curry's current position.

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter said Vieira, who joined Today in 2006, would exit the program to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Couric earlier this week announced she'll step down as CBS Evening News anchorwoman by early June.  Matt Lauer is rumored to be considering leaving the Today show at the end of next year, though he downplayed the reports during an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

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'Today' Producer Addresses Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer Rumors

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The executive producer of NBC's Today show is hoping that Meredith Vieira will stay on as co-host of the program beyond this year.

Multiple reports have claimed Vieira may leave the Today show once her contract expires in September.  However, executive producer Jim Bell says both sides are "still talking."

He told The Hollywood Reporter, "We think she's fantastic and hope we'll have her with us."

Bell said Vieira has not yet informed him if she's made a decision on whether to remain or depart.

Bell was more dismissive of another report stating that Matt Lauer has told his bosses he'll move on from the show when his contract expires at the end of 2012.  Bell said Lauer has not made any such comments to him.

He added, "When we're talking about something that is almost two years away, it's silly speculation.  I think it's great that the show can generate this much attention and passion out there but we're fortunate that so much of it has been wrong and misguided."

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