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Gene Shalit (b. 1926) is a well-known movie critic known for his use of puns, his handlebar mustache, and his colorful bowties. Aside from his nearly 40-year stint as critic on NBC's The Today Show, he has written for TV Guide, The New York Times and Cosmopolitan.
In 1980, as part of his regular appearances on The Today Show, he interviewed Jim Henson about the NBC Pipes in the basement of (what was then) the RCA Building. Shalit jokingly stated that the pipes would be preserved as a museum, the "Jim Henson Memorial Pipes"—in a way, presaging the inclusion, in 2010, of the pipes on the public tour of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
In 1983, he appeared in the "Great Muppet Look-Alike Contest" in Muppet Magazine issue 1, paired with the Swedish Chef. And he also contributed a "Movie Crumb Cake" recipe for Miss Piggy's 1996 cookbook, In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Jim Henson's Red Book", 4/3/1974 – TODAY Show – Bert as Gene Shalit.
- ↑ Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles, Alison Inches, 2001. The sketch "Bert as Gene Shalit" appears on page 103, with the caption: "Puppet design for an appearance on The Today Show, April 4, 1974."