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Inside Move: Moonves to moonlight on Eye’s ‘Early Show’

CBS topper plays 'Trading Places'

Now that he’s lured Katie Couric away from “Today,” Eye topper Leslie Moonves has found another way to compete against the NBC morning gabfest: Host CBS’ “The Early Show” himself.

Moonves will host a segment of “The Early Show” on Friday as part of the show’s “Trading Places” segment. All week, “The Early Show” personalities have been swapping jobs with their spouses for a day.

On Tuesday, the show followed “Early Show” co-host Hannah Storm as she attempted to do golf play-by-play. Her husband, NBC Sports golf host Dan Hicks, handled a cooking segment on “The Early Show” with chef Bobby Flay.

For Friday’s segment, “Early Show’s” Julie Chen will be shown conducting a meeting with top-level CBS brass, including senior exec VP Kelly Kahl. Moonves — a former actor who’s used to being behind the camera and still frequently tapes TV series cameos — will follow. What he’ll actually do on “Early Show” remains a secret.

Moonves is first on tap this week to play Carnegie Hall — as ringleader for CBS’ upfront presentation Wednesday.

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