09/12/2008 at 02:40 PM EDT
The burning question is, will Matt Lauer still be speaking to them in the morning?
Lauer, 50, is slated to be the victim – that is, "honoree" – when the Friars Club gathers at the New York Hilton Oct. 24 and rakes the Today
host over the coals, humorously, at its annual celebrity roast – an event noteworthy for wildly uncensored remarks at the expense of the guest of honor.
Among those scheduled to appear at the by-invitation-only, not-for-broadcast event include Lauer's predecessor Bryant Gumbel, his former sidekick Katie Couric and
the current one, Meredith Vieira – as well as his across-the-channel rival, Good Morning America
's Diane Sawyer.
Some may think Couric should know better. The year Donald Trump was roasted
, she sat quietly on the dais only to be the target of a particularly raunchy remark by comic Susie Essman – for which Trump felt compelled to apologize.
Trump now is on the bill to help roast Lauer.
Also promised by the entertainers' fraternity to deliver no-bars-held remarks at its event: Clay Aiken
, Joy Behar, Bob Saget, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vanessa Williams, Aretha Franklin, Eric McCormack, Tony Shaloub, Jerry Stiller, Mario Lopez and others.