TODAY Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager have been slammed by a comedian who accused the hosts of ripping off their podcast for their show segment.
Journalists were given high spirits by comedian Heather McDonald on Thursday in her segment in the program’s fourth hour, The Scoop.
Heather, who is known to host the popular Juicy Scoop podcast, wasn’t too pleased to discover that Hoda and Jenna have a segment with a similar name and premise.
The actress’ podcast, which she has hosted for over seven years, discusses the most controversial topics in pop culture news, from reality stars to A-list actors.
She often has celebrity guests and other comedians appearing on the show, which airs Tuesdays and Thursdays across all podcast platforms.
However, Heather’s latest episode started on a harder note as she immediately started blasting the Today Show hosts.
She explained that a Juicy Scoop listener informed her that the morning show was airing the segment hosted by TV personality Justin Sylvester.
The news angered Heather given the close similarities the segment shared with her show, right down to the name.
While she stated that The Today Show broke no laws by using her podcast’s trademarked name, she expressed that it still annoyed her that they appeared to be copying her brand.
“Juicy Scoop, my show that’s been running for seven and a half years, the two words together, ‘Juicy Scoop’, are trademarked. That means they can’t have a shirt that says, ‘Justin Sylvester has the juicy scoop.’ He can’t sell this shirt, but technically it’s not a trademark infringement, it’s a derivative of my trademark,” she said.
“The reason it bothers me more is that this isn’t some tiny little show. This is Juicy Scoop. For seven and a half years I’ve often been number 2 in my comedy episodes and I give a big thank you to all of you,” shared the 52-year-old.
Heather then railed against the segment’s host Justin, 36, noting that he’d guested on her podcast numerous times and collaborated on other projects.
CALLING THEM OUT
The E! Alum then turned her attention back to Hoda, 58, and Jenna, 41, as she’d built a reputation with them over the years as well.
“For Jenna and Hoda, do they probably know or care? no But the thing is, I was on her show when it was Kathie [Lee Gifford] and Hoda. I’ve been on all these shows. People know who I am.”
She continued, “I was on E!, which was owned by NBC, they know who I am and that just really sucked, and I’m going to reach out to them about it. I think it’s a low creative ability on their part. I think it’s sad.”
Heather ended her tirade by saying she hadn’t heard from NBC, Hoda or Jenna about the issue.
The US Sun reached out to representatives from The Today Show but received no response at the time of publication.
Fans of Heather’s podcast also spoke out for the stand-up comic about the situation.
In the comments section of a post on Hoda & Jenna’s YouTube channel promoting the segment, one fan slammed, “Stop copying Heather’s Juicy Scoop!”
And another wrote: “You stole this from Heather! You were on her show three times. Juicy Scoop is trademarked. That’s pretty low. You are the Wish version of Juicy Scoop!”
Heather has been widely known in the entertainment industry since she was a panelist alongside Chelsea Handler on her late night show on E!, Chelsea Lately.
These days, she focuses much of her career on her podcast and stand-up performances.
Earlier this year, Heather suffered a scary episode when she collapsed onstage during a performance in Tempe, Arizona.
The incident happened early in her routine when she suddenly lost consciousness and hit the ground.
According to her management, the White Chicks comedian had reportedly passed out due to “dehydration.”
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/6980017/today-hoda-kotb-jenna-hager-bush-blasted-copying/ Today’s Hoda Kotb & Jenna Hager Bush gets slammed by the comedian, accusing her of copying her popular podcast in the show segment