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Originally posted 04/27/2011 04:25PM
Is it co-host reunion time?
Now that Katie Couric has gone public to PEOPLE with her decision to leave CBS Evening News, speculation continues about the details of a possible syndicated show. So, could her former co-host Matt Lauer, whose contract at the Today show ends in 2012, join her in her next venture?
"Matt and I have undeniable chemistry in the most platonic sense of the word," Couric tells PEOPLE. "We are like an old, married couple. We finish each other's sentences. He is very committed to the Today show. But who knows?"
Originally posted 04/13/2011 09:15AM
Amid rumors – and even New York Times reports – about a Meredith Vieira-and-Matt-Lauer-less future for the Today show and Katie Couric's current job hunt as her CBS News contract comes to an end, Couric returned to NBC Studio 1A Wednesday morning, where Today" host Lauer grilled her on what she plans to do.
Don't set the DVR just yet, however: Couric insists she hasn't finalized anything – or even chosen a particular path to take.
"I'm not sure. I'm really excited about my future," the TV personality, 54, told her former co-anchor. "I love my job. I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do."
Originally posted 04/06/2011 05:45PM
It's been a week of reported shakeups for TV journalists.
Fresh of the heels of news that Meredith Vieira may not renew her contract at Today once it expires later this year, reports have surfaced that her co-host, Matt Lauer, will also step down from his position at the NBC morning show.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Lauer, 53, has already notified his NBC bosses that he plans to leave the show he's hosted since 1997 when his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
Originally posted 11/12/2010 02:15PM
Kanye West has pulled out of a Today show performance because of what he calls a "very brutal" interview with Matt Lauer.
The rapper had been scheduled to appear on the NBC show the day after Thanksgiving, but, "I'm not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons," he Tweeted Friday.
He later added, "I don't hate Matt Lauer. We don't promote hate. That's the whole point!!! I promote love and truth! ... All positive energy ... all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show."
Originally posted 05/13/2010 06:55PM
Matt Lauer and his wife Annette are blasting a report they have split, and the Today co-host calls the tabloid story alleging he had moved out of his family's apartment "a work of fiction."
"I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple," Lauer tells PEOPLE exclusively in an interview from France, where he's been co-anchoring the NBC morning show from the Cannes Film Festival. "I have never moved out. I am not moving out. There is no truth to that."
Annette Lauer says in a separate interview with PEOPLE, "Out of self respect, I want to stand up for our family and protect them."
Lauer, who has been dogged by stories of reported infidelity – and whose wife, a former model, briefly filed for divorce in 2006 – acknowledges past difficulties in the 12-year marriage. But he labels as "ridiculous" and "offensive" reports he had ever cheated on her.
Originally posted 02/23/2010 08:55AM
Matt Lauer has done a lot in the entertainment world, but here's a first for the NBC Today show anchor: voicing a character in an animated movie.
Lauer, 52, lends his voice to Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, in which he plays the TV anchor Hark Hanson. Lauer has previously popped up in live-action films and sitcoms – including a bathroom scene on Will & Grace – but says he did this one for his kids: Jack, 9, Romy, 6, and Thijs, 3.
"I just think it's a kick," he says. "I mean, we talk so much on my show about entertainment and pop culture and negative influences on children, and here you have a chance to be part of something that's just good wholesome family fun that my kids already have a history with."
Originally posted 10/30/2009 09:00AM
A galaxy far, far away came to New York's Rockefeller Plaza Friday morning, and it was 1977 all over again, as the Today show team dolled up for Halloween in their best Star Wars finery.
Bunned up behind the ears in her unflattering wig, Meredith Vieira was Princess Leia, Matt Lauer was a grounded Luke Skywalker, Al Roker came on as Han Solo while Ann Curry breathed heavily as Darth Vader. Natalie Morales dropped in as Padmé Amidala, and Hoda was Yoda (Hoda Kotb, that is). Kathie Lee Gifford went heavy metal, as C-3PO.
Dressing up in elaborate costumes has become a tradition on the NBC morning show. As for this year's retro theme, in a season when The Twilight Saga is all the rage, chalk it up to the current Stars Wars: In Concert show that is touring the country.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 07/09/2009 09:05AM
Somehow, it just seemed pre-destined that Austrian fashionista Brüno would end up in Matt Lauer's arms.
The fateful contact took place Thursday during a free-wheeling Today show interview in which Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant alter ego, in his silver lamé jumpsuit, demanded a hug from the handsome morning host. Problem was, the segment (see video) had already faded to blackout before the moment could be shared with viewers.
Originally posted 03/24/2009 12:55PM
Matt Lauer remained "a little groggy" Tuesday morning, following surgery the day before to repair his separated shoulder, but was "shaking it off like a trouper," said a Today show executive.
Jim Bell told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show that he spoke with Lauer Tuesday, just days after the show host crashed his bike after slamming on his brakes to avoid a deer. Bell expected Lauer would return to the show before the end of the week – and even made several jokes about the incident.
"I'm hopeful if not [Wednesday] by Thursday or Friday at the latest – so our national nightmare will soon be over," he said.
Originally posted 03/23/2009 07:30AM
Where in the world was Matt Lauer on Monday? Not on the Today show, due to a weekend incident as he was riding his bicycle, according to his NBC cohort Meredith Vieira.
Lauer encountered a deer while he was on the road, said Vieria, who wasn't quite clear about whether or not Lauer and the animal smacked into one another. She seemed to doubt it.
Lauer, she informed viewers, "thinks the deer was hired by the competition." Not true, Vieira insisted. "I hired the deer, but I said, 'Just graze him.' "
– Stephen M. Silverman
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