Remember them? Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel to reunite on 'Today'
Remember when NBC's Today show was a monster in ratings? Think hard now. It was the '80s and the hosts, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel, were as comfortable as a soft sweater but made it feel like the smart kid at school had read the paper for you and was filling you in. Set your TiVo to NBC Monday morning if you, like most of America, stopped watching this morning news program in recent years. They are getting the old band back together to co-anchor the morning show, for Monday at least.
Things may seem eerily similar for Gumbel and Pauley since they were co-anchors of Today back when the show played second fiddle to ABC’s Good Morning America in the ratings. Their pairing is credited with putting Today back on top.
Matt Lauer, who took over Gumbel's spot in 1997 when he left to anchor a primetime news magazine on CBS that never caught on, will be on hand Monday as well. Pauley left the show — or was eased out for the younger Deborah Norville, depending on your point of view – in 1989. She still appears on the show monthly for a segment in which she spotlights Americans over 50 embarking on new careers.