29 Facts About Bryant Gumbel

1.

Bryant Gumbel is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg Gumbel.

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Since 1995, he has hosted HBO's acclaimed investigative series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, which has been rated as "flat out TV's best sports program" by the Los Angeles Times.

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Bryant Gumbel was hired by NBC Sports in the fall of 1975 as co-host of its National Football League pre-game show GrandStand with Jack Buck.

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4.

Bryant Gumbel returned to sportscasting for NBC when he hosted the prime time coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics from Seoul and the PGA Tour in 1990.

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5.

Bryant Gumbel is the third longest serving co-host of Today, after former hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric.

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6.

Bryant Gumbel is the son of Rhea Alice, a city clerk, and Richard Dunbar Gumbel, a judge.

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7.

Bryant Gumbel's surname originates with his great-great-grandfather, who was a German-Jewish emigrant from the village of Albisheim.

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8.

Bryant Gumbel graduated from Bates College in 1970 with a degree in Russian history.

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9.

Bryant Gumbel began his television career in October 1972, when he was made a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

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10.

Already a local evening news sports anchor for KNBC, in Los Angeles, Bryant Gumbel was hired by NBC Sports in the fall of 1975 as co-host of its National Football League pre-game show GrandStand with Jack Buck.

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11.

Bryant Gumbel returned to sportscasting for NBC when he hosted the prime time coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics from Seoul and the PGA Tour in 1990.

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12.

Bryant Gumbel began his affiliation with Today as the program's chief sports reporter contributing twice-weekly features to the program, including a regular series entitled "Sportsman of the Week, " featuring up-and-coming athletes.

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13.

Bryant Gumbel became a candidate for the job just by chance when he served as a last-minute substitute for Today co-anchor Jane Pauley in August 1981.

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14.

Bryant Gumbel so impressed executive producer Steve Friedman and other NBC executives that he quickly became a top contender for the Today anchor position.

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15.

Bryant Gumbel served as the show's traffic cop, opening and closing the program and conducting New York-based interviews, but Pauley and Wallace handled newsreading duties, and Wallace conducted all Washington-based hard news interviews.

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16.

Bryant Gumbel won plaudits for his performance, erasing any doubts about his hard-news capabilities.

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17.

In 1989, Bryant Gumbel, who was already known for his strong management style as Today anchor, wrote a memo to the executive producer Marty Ryan, on Ryan's request, critiquing the program and identifying its shortcomings.

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18.

Bryant Gumbel is the third longest serving co-host of Today, after Matt Lauer and Couric.

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19.

CBS camera caught a disgusted Bryant Gumbel blurting out "What a f-ing idiot" just after he had finished a hostile interview with Robert Knight of the Family Research Council .

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20.

The Media Research Center reported that he uttered those words; Bryant Gumbel openly admitted to saying so when guest-hosting a June 2007 episode of Live with Regis and Kelly.

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21.

In February 2006, Bryant Gumbel made remarks that some viewed as "reverse racism" regarding the Winter Olympics and the lack of African-American participation, and others considered important sports journalism commentary.

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22.

Bryant Gumbel's efforts are typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern-day plantation overseer, treating men as if they were his boys.

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23.

Bryant Gumbel's moves are intended to do little more than show how he's the one keeping the hired hands in their place.

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24.

Bryant Gumbel made a cameo appearance alongside Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine in The Weather Man, a film directed by Gore Verbinski.

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25.

Bryant Gumbel made a cameo appearance on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld during which he interviewed Jerry Seinfeld on Today while Jerry was wearing the puffy pirate shirt in the episode "The Puffy Shirt".

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26.

Bryant Gumbel made a cameo appearance on the sitcom The Nanny during which he gives Fran Fine an audition for a job in television in the episode "Fair Weather Fran".

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27.

Bryant Gumbel's performance was the subject of criticism over his entire run because of his voice and a perceived lack of knowledge about the game.

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28.

Bryant Gumbel stepped down as play-by-play announcer in April 2008, prior to the 2008 NFL season.

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29.

Bryant Gumbel would be replaced on the NFL Network telecasts by Bob Papa.

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