Women are 2 of 3 highest paid TV anchors

When long-time Today show host Matt Lauer was booted from the network following allegations of sexual misconduct, little did he know that his removal would help his female journalist colleagues.

According to Money, “Lauer’s dismissal means two women now rank within the top three highest-paid television anchor positions,” launching NBC’s Megyn Kelly and ABC’s Robin Roberts into the exclusive club. However, neither of the two anchors occupy the top spot, says Money, with Fox News’ Sean Hannity leading the pack with a $36 million-per-year contract.

So where do Kelly and Roberts fall on the list? Money says Roberts sits at No. 2, raking in $18 million per year, a contract she’s earned after hosting Good Morning America since 2005 and winning four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

Kelly’s position, however, is a bit more nebulous, as Money reports that the lawyer-turned-journalist makes between $15 million and $20 million per year. While Variety says her contract equals that of Roberts, Money offers that the former Fox News host’s salary remains unconfirmed.

No matter their exact salaries, it sure is refreshing to see female journalists at the top of the list. Now if only we could a woman in the No. 1 spot…

Moore shares advice to younger self

If Mandy Moore could go back in time, she’d have quite a bit of advice to give to herself.

While sitting down with Todays One Small Thing series, the This is Us star shared a few pieces of advice and lessons learned, according to Today, underscoring both the power of positivity and the perks of saying “yes” more often.

Sharing advice to her younger self, Moore offered that she wished she enjoyed her youth more instead of being so intensely focused on building her career.

” I feel like I passed up opportunities to go on trips and go out to dinner and hang out with my friends because I was so focused on the task at hand,” she said. “So I would tell my younger self to take a breath, enjoy the world around you a little bit more.”

But Moore had more to share; Today says the multi-hyphenate also discussed how to stay positive in our highly culled social media culture.

“Step away from the computer. Step away from the handheld device every now and then. I think having an honest line of communication, acknowledging the world around you and your friends and the real life people who exist. So much of what we present to people is a curated version of our lives, and I think keeping that positive perspective could be helpful.”

But make no mistake: Moore also wants us to know that no matter how perfect social media accounts may seem, we as human beings don’t have to try to live up to that unattainable standard.

“We’re all going to have things we don’t love about ourselves, but embrace the positive attributes and aspects of who you are,” she told Today. “That’ll get you going a lot further.”

Couldn’t agree more, Mandy. Watch her One Small Thing video here.


Metz delivers dose of body positivity

Chrissy Metz knows a thing or two about body positivity — and the breakout star of NBC drama This is Us recently schooled us all in how to love ourselves despite naysayers.

According to Today, the actress imparted her self-love wisdom in an interview with People Now, sharing that she never returns any negativity dished out to her by haters; instead, she hits them with a dose of kindess.

“The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love…Because I think that’s what they really need. They’re misunderstood and probably really upset themselves,” she said, according to Today, adding that in the instances she’s been targeted by online bullies, she either doesn’t respond at all or responds with kindness.

But the real gold of Today’s piece came from an earlier interview in which she discussed how her body does not determine her value.

“The truth is, I don’t find my value in my body or my weight,” she previously told TODAY. “It’s really more about who I am and what I can offer as a human being to the people in my life and the people in the world.”

Thank you, Chrissy Metz, for reminding us that kindness quashes hate — and that self-love is the best kind of love to have.

Karmakar to represent India in Rio

Each country seems to have a national hero when the Olympics rolls around, and for India, Dipa Karmakar is the one to watch this year in Rio de Janeiro.

According to NBC, Karmakar has “become the first female gymnast from India to make the Olympics,” posting an all-around score of 52.968 in April during the final Olympic qualifying event.

After the first qualifying events of the Games in Rio, the Times of India reports that the 22-year-old athlete qualified for the individual vault finals in her Olympic debut, placing eighth in the qualifying round.

NBC says Karmakar is a “vault specialist,” coming in fifth in the vault finals at the 2015 world championships. But in the Indian national championships, NBC reports that Karmakar ” the all-around and all four apparatus titles … in 2011, 2013 and 2015.”