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Who was the chimpanzee on the today show?

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A year later, producers paired him with co-anchor J. Fred Muggs, a trained chimpanzee that an NBC executive spotted in a coffee shop dipping his doughnut into a cup of joe. Today 's ratings instantly improved with the addition of Muggs, but Garroway and the chimpanzee had a hot-and-cold relationship.

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What was so intriguing about Muggs was the fact that he wasn’t human at all, but rather a trained chimpanzee who managed to inflate the number of people tuning into the show each day. While there was no doubt about the fact that seeing a chimpanzee on the show entertained viewers, Garroway wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of his co-star.

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