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TODAY's Takeaway: 'Will & Grace' stars, Cheney, viral fitness mom

Oct. 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM ET

TODAY's highlights: Debra Messing and Eric McCormack have a laugh, while Maria Kang, the fitness blogger and mom who created a firestorm of controversy after her photo went viral this week, smiles for the set.
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TODAY's highlights: Debra Messing and Eric McCormack have a laugh, while Maria Kang, the fitness blogger and mom who created a firestorm of controversy after her photo went viral this week, smiles for the set.

1. "Will & Grace" reunite! Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, the stars of the beloved ‘90s sitcom, were on TODAY Thursday to discuss the show’s lasting impact.

“What I'm most proud of is that we always treated, the show always treated, Will's desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace's desire for the perfect man. ... That was the real message,” McCormack said.

Video: Actors Eric McCormack and Debra Messing visit TODAY to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their groundbreaking sitcom “Will and Grace.” They tell TODAY’s Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that they felt the show would be a hit as soon as they shot the pilot episode.

2. The parents of an American journalist who disappeared while reporting from Syria  made an appeal Thursday for information about their son, saying they know no more now than they did when he vanished nearly a year ago.

“We’ve heard nothing. Nothing. We last knew that he was abducted on Thanksgiving Day in the Idlib province, but we don’t know who took him or why,” John Foley said on TODAY.

Video: It’s been one year since freelance journalist James Foley went missing after crossing the border into Syria. His parents, Diane and John, tell TODAY’s Matt Lauer they had no idea that their ordeal would drag on for a year, and plead James’ captors to have mercy on him.

3. Maria Kang, a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast of a mom, went viral this week: In a photo, she's seen posing in a sports bra and tiny exercise shorts, surrounded by her three young sons. The caption reads: What’s your excuse? 

It was, of course, rather controversial.

But she told TODAY that many others actually found the post inspiring and that was the point of the whole thing.

“I think they see it as, you know, I have a child, or I have two — and if she can do it, so can I,” Kang said. 

Video: Maria Kang, the fitness enthusiast and mother of three behind a provocative photo, talks to the TODAY anchors about people telling her she’s “an insult to women.” She defends her posting the pic, saying she’s proud of how she looks.

4. Three years ago, former Vice President Dick Cheney was so close to death that he said goodbye to his family and provided them with instructions for his cremation.

“If this is dying, I remember thinking, it’s not all that bad,” Cheney writes in the book, according to The New York Times, which obtained an advance copy. “I believed I was approaching the end of my days, but that didn’t frighten me. I was pain-free and at peace, and I had led a remarkable life.”

Video: In his book “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,” the former vice president reveals that just three years ago he was so close to dying that he said what he thought would be his final goodbyes to his family.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!


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