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It turns out there’s no such thing as too much power in one place.
This year’s honorees — including Bill O’Reilly, Larry Wilmore, David Muir, Savannah Guthrie, James Goldston, Jesse Angelo, Sheila Nevins, Jeff Fager, Charlie Rose, Joe Scarborough, Tom Cibrowski, Roger Ailes, Deborah Turness, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell and Rand Morrison — celebrated the rankings in the pink and fuchsia-infused, candle-lit restaurant’s Pool Room.
“How did that happen?” Today show co-host Hoda Kotb said with a laugh on the red carpet about making the honored list before embracing NBCUniversal colleague Bonnie Hammer.
Kotb added that she was “totally shocked but completely flattered.”
“When you look at this list, there are some movers and shakers and it’s nice to be included,” she told THR. “I mean, me, with the drinking and laughing and scratching [on Today‘s lighthearted fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford]. It’s nice to know that that counts.”
DJ Kiss provided music for the event, which also drew Katie Couric, Hilary Swank, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Better Call Saul‘s Jonathan Banks, Bill Bratton, Zachary Quinto, Brian Grazer, Veep’s Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons, Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Ronan Farrow, Ann Coulter, USA’s Chris McCumber, Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard, Syfy’s Dave Howe, AMC/Sundance’s Charlie Collier, AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan, Showtime’s Matt Blank, Jay Sures and Tom Colicchio, among others.
Kotb also shared what its like to work at NBC amid the ongoing Brian Williams scandal and staff changes, including the return of Andrew Lack.
“I work with really cool, great people and it’s an optimistic bunch,” Kotb said. “So when I walk in the door for the mornings, it’s a really fun place to be. You know how life is: What you read and what you live are two completely different things. And we just go about our business day in and day out just trying to put on a good show.”
When asked which contenders made the ranks of most powerful people in New York, soiree attendees Martha Stewart and Carol Alt both added honoree Jimmy Fallon to their personal lists.
Flo Rida and Coulter were spotted exchanging hellos, and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and CNN’s Don Lemon stopped for a hug on the red carpet. “I know she’s on a competing network, but I watch her every night,” Lemon said of Kelly.
In addition to praising Kelly, Lemon responded to his critics, saying he ignores them but “loves” the feedback.
“I’m there for the viewer. I’m not there for the critics, so let the critics be the critics,” he said. “I have your attention. I’m glad you’re watching, and I’m glad that I’m moving you in some way — that I’m stirring some sort of passion and debate. I love it.”
Kelly, meanwhile, shared more about what she would ask her most-wanted interview subject, Hillary Clinton.
“There’s a lot to cover with her…I want to talk to her about a lot of things,” she said. “And I want to ask her about gender, for one thing. For example, what does she think: Is it time to have a female president and does it have to be her, and how important is it to her to see a woman get into the White House, irrespective of party?”
Power list honoree and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour also hit the bash, sponsored by American Airlines, Nielsen and Samsung SUHD TV. Monica Lewinsky made an appearance at the glittery affair, at which CNN’s New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota expressed her surprise and awe: “Holy shit! Everywhere you turn, there’s another mogul.”
Asked who the most powerful people in New York are, O’Donnell said, “Grace, Riley and Henry — my children!”
Guests also told THR which New York movie or TV show they would want to live in, with Friends, Seinfeld, Gossip Girl and Mad Men among the most popular choices.
Dr. Oz, however, had a less conventional choice: Cinemax’s period medical drama The Knick
“Not too distant from what it felt like when I started practicing medicine,” Oz said of the show. “You can trace directly what they’re doing in 1900 in a New York City hospital to the way we still practice today.”
April 9, 2:49 p.m. This story has been updated with more quotes from the red carpet.
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