Bryant Gumbel took aim at sports journalism in general during a panel for HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” at the Television Critics Association on Thursday, slamming much of sports coverage as “terribly sycophantic. We tend to not ask the same difficult questions of people in sports that we do of politicians or business people or even people in the entertainment industry.”
NBC’s morning show brought back Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley for a one-day nostalgia turn as co-hosts today along with current host Matt Lauer. NBC hoped the trio’s easy camaraderie enticed viewers. After a well-publicized tumble last year, the show runs second in the ratings to ABC’s Good Morning America. Pauley, who does occasional reports for the show, left as host in 1989 while Gumbel gave way to Lauer in 1997.
Former NBC morning show anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will reunite with Matt Lauer on Dec. 30.