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Matt Lauer Extends His 'Today Show' Contract For At Least Two More Years

June 13th, 2014 7:01pm EDT
Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer will continue to co-host NBC's "Today Show" for several more years, according to reports.

The network has given the anchor a multi-year extension, according to The New York Times, but the terms of the deal haven't yet been publicized.

Lauer's current contract was set to expire in the coming months, but after re-upping he'll be around for at least a few more.

Despite recent controversies at the show, in particular the firing of co-host Ann Curry and a big drop in the ratings, NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a statement that she wouldn't want anyone else for the job.
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11 Celebrity Scandals We Forgot About

March 29th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
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Everyone loves a juicy celebrity scandal and in the past ten years alone, there have been so many that its hard to keep track of them all! Still, there are still some that when you do recall, you can remember every minute in juicy detail. In no particular order are 11 of the best celebrity scandals we forgot about. Now do you remember? We thought you would!

1. Kanye West, "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People!", 2005

The "Concert for Hurricane Relief" in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina was to be a place where singers and celebrities came together to aid the areas most aff...
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Watch As Savannah Guthrie Breaks Her Pregnancy News During Wedding Reception

March 18th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
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Savannah Guthrie shared the news of her weekend wedding and pregnancy announcement on "The Today Show" on Monday, and co-host Matt Lauer shared a video of the blushing bride's big announcement as it happened at her wedding reception.

Guthrie, who is four months along in her pregnancy, married fiance Mike Feldman near Tucson, Arizona over the weekend and was right back to work behind "The Today Show" desk first thing Monday morning, foregoing a honeymoon for the moment.

Savanna made her big announcements during the show's opening segment, and a short while later Lauer explained that he had...
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Fashion Fails: Matt Lauer, Hailee Steinfeld, Jaden Smith, More

November 3rd, 2013 12:03pm EST
Matt Lauer Baywatch Today Show
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

I tried to keep this Fashion Fail entry free of Halloween costumes because they're supposed to be bizarre or intricate. However, Matt Lauer went too far - several steps too far. I hope you have mind bleach.

Hailee Steinfeld wore this lippy top, which was tacky enough without the giant tumor on her left shoulder.

Zosia Mamet matched a big sweater with tight leather pants. We're not sure what those flaps are for near her wai...
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Matt Lauer Dons Famous 'Baywatch' Swimsuit For 'Today' Halloween Event - See More Pics!

October 31st, 2013 5:00pm EDT
The Today Show
Carrying on their annual Halloween tradition, the members of "The Today Show" morning team donned various costumes during the a.m. broadcast.

Matt Lauer made a particularly entertaining entrance as Pamela Anderson from "Baywatch." He donned the show's signature red swimsuit complete with fake breasts and a platinum blonde wig. He even jumped around in slow motion for the crowd.

Lauer's co-anchors shared the television show theme by dressing up as iconic characters from programs including "The A Team," "The Flintstones" and "Laverne & Shirley."

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Paula Deen Breaks Down On 'Today Show' - 'Someone Evil Wanted What I Worked For'

June 26th, 2013 6:54pm EDT
Paula Deen
As promised, former Food Network personality Paula Deen appeared on "The Today Show" Wednesday morning to discuss her current situation and defend herself against those who have been referring to her as a racist.

"Are you a racist?" host Matt Lauer bluntly asked during the interview.

"No. No I'm not..." Deen answered. "As A child I was raised in a home that... my father tolerated bad grades, he would tolerate maybe me breaking a curfew; but he told me -- he said, 'girl, if I ever find out that you have behaved in a way where you think you're better than others or have been unkind, your bu...
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'Today Show' Host Savannah Guthrie Engaged

May 13th, 2013 12:36pm EDT
Savannah Guthrie
"Today Show" host Savannah Guthrie was engaged to her boyfriend of four years, political consultant Mike Feldman over the weekend.

The anchor, 41, revealed the happy news during Monday morning's show, revealing her new ring.

Co-host Matt Lauer broke the news on Twitter, sharing a photo of Savannah and her new hardware with the message, "Big news from Savannah!"

"Good for you and congratulations to Mr. Feldman," Lauer said on-air. "He's a great guy."

"I'm so excited!" Guthrie added. "He's the best person . . . And I know him so well too. We adore each other.

"Our families have been in-...
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Anderson Cooper Contacted To Replace Matt Lauer On 'Today Show'

March 27th, 2013 6:03pm EDT
Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper has been approached to replace Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, according to reports. 

Deadline first reported the story, and it has since been confirmed by the New York Times. Previously, New York Magazine claimed that Lauer "simply didn't like" new co-anchor Ann Curry and threatened to leave for ABC. Curry was unceremoniously booted off the show. Lauer reportedly makes $25 million a year anchoring the weekday morning show.

Deadline goes on to claim that Lauer called Cooper and shared his lack of approval at the idea, although several sources refute that particular part of...
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Matt Lauer Nearly Left NBC's 'Today' For Rival Network ABC

March 26th, 2013 8:55am EDT
The Today Show
"Today" anchor Matt Lauer almost left the morning show to join a rival show on ABC last year. His actions were spurred by rumors that Ryan Seacrest was poised to take his job.

Lauer allegedly heard the gossip "outside the security gate at the White House Christmas party because Ann Curry had forgotten her driver's license." 

As a result, Lauer though about moving to ABC to rejoin his former co-host Katie Couric and launch a brand new talk show.

His threat to leave resulted in a boosted salary - Lauer negotiated a whopping $25 million two-year contract to stay on "Today."

His presence on...
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Regis Philbin & Kathie Lee Gifford May Reunite On 'Today'

June 27th, 2012 8:23am EDT
Regis Philbin
Rumors are swirling that former co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford may reunite for a special appearance on NBC's "Today" in order to distract viewers from certain other issues with the morning show.

The idea is to reportedly deflect attention from Ann Curry's certain departure. Since Curry took over from Meredith Vieira ratings have dropped, and many have complained about her lack of chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer.

Curry is expected to take home at least $10 million per a contract she signed last year. Reportedly, Curry is holding out for $20 million as she's only one year i...
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Christie Brinkley Shocked By Matt Lauer's 'Inflammatory' Questions On 'Today' Show

May 15th, 2012 10:34am EDT
Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley is upset with newsman Matt Lauer for making her lose her cool on morning show "Today."

The former supermodel says she felt "hoodwinked" back in March when a chat about her role in the musical "Chicago" turned into an emotional interview about her broken marriage and bitter divorce and custody battle with ex-husband Peter Cook.

Brinkley fought back tears during the live TV spot as she opened up about court papers she filed in November, claiming her architect ex had violated their divorce court ruling a total of 28 times by sending her abusive emails.

She told Lauer, "Sin...
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Ryan O'Neal Postpones Cancer Treatment Until After His Book Tour

May 1st, 2012 3:31pm EDT
Ryan O'Neal
Embattled actor Ryan O'Neal has delayed plans to undergo cancer treatment until after he has completed a promotional tour for his new memoir.

The Love Story star revealed he had been diagnosed with stage two prostate cancer last month, but assured fans he would bounce back from the health crisis as the disease had been "detected early" and the prognosis was "positive for a full recovery."

He was due to appear on Today on Monday to advertise his new tell-all tome about his longtime love affair with Farrah Fawcett, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, but O'Neal had to pull out at the last mi...
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Ryan Seacrest Joins 'Today' As A Special Correspondent

April 28th, 2012 9:58am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
After months of speculation, Ryan Seacrest has officially joined the "Today" team on NBC. The "American Idol" host will join Matt Lauer and the rest of the morning team as a special correspondent, NBC said Friday.

Last year it was rumored Seacrest would replace Lauer if the morning host didn't renew his contract - but he did.

Seacrest's new gig is part of new, two-year with NBCUniversal. He will continue his on-air hosting duties for E! as well as his broadcasting and producing duties. He currently hosts a morning radio show on Los Angeles' KIIS FM, produces and hosts E! News as well as n...
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Tyra Banks, Claire Danes & More Shine At Time Magazine's 'Most Influential People In The World' Gala

April 25th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Tyra Banks
Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" gala was the place to see and be seen last night in New York City. The magazine honors people who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world." (See the full list here!)

Former supermodel Tyra Banks hit the red carpet in a bright pink strapless dress, while Claire Danes opted for a red leather looking slip dress.

Tilda Swinton looked spooky in an all-white suit, while Cicely Tyson stood out in a purple gown.

Check out more photos from the event...

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Adele, Kate Middleton & Rihanna Among Those On Time's '100 Most Influential People In The World' List

April 18th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
2012 Time 100
Time magazine just released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world."

British soul singer Adele made it onto the prestigious Time 100 list. U.K. royal Kate Middleton, a.k.a. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is also a new name in the lineup following her wedding to Prince William last year. Her sister Pippa Middleton, who was recently embroiled in a gun/paparazzi controversy, surprisingly made the cut.

Bajan popstar Rihanna, movie executive Harvey Weinstein and President Barack Obama are also included on the 2012 l...
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Lindsay Lohan Places Self On House Arrest?

March 19th, 2012 3:04pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Apparently Lindsay Lohan does not want to take any chances and break her probation. On the advice of her friends, she has placed herself on house arrest!

TMZ reports Lohan's alleged hit-and-run has scared her off from any more public appearances, as one slip-up could be seen as a violation of her probation. Her best friends begged her to stay in her house and only leave for her community service at the morgue.

She recently told Matt Lauer in an interview that she can go out and not be tempted by what night life has to offer, claiming "it's the same as it was before. I'm more of a homeb...
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Lindsay Lohan: 'I've Become More Of A Homebody'

February 29th, 2012 8:34am EST
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has given up partying for good and is determined to prove herself as she attempts to rebuild her Hollywood career.

The Mean Girls star is eager to make a comeback after her professional reputation nosedived following regular run-ins with the law and a series of stints in jail and rehab.

She is currently carrying out court-ordered community service stemming from a 2011 probation violation conviction, but she has been given a boost by landing a hosting job on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and a role as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie.

Lohan has now revealed she wants to use her...
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Matt Damon Wore An Ugly Christmas Sweater On 'Today'

December 15th, 2011 1:00pm EST
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Matt Damon wore an ugly christmas sweater while appearing on the "Today" show yesterday.The actor showed off his holiday spirit with a very colorful santa sweater, complete with 3D santa heads on the sleeves.

Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and others on the show also donned ugly sweaters.

Matt was promoting his new film, "We Bought A Zoo." The film centers on a widower who purchases a zoo in order to bring his family back together. The movie is based on Benjamin Mee's autobiographical memoir and also stars Scarlett Johansson.

Damon is the co-founder of Water.org, an organization that ...
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Matt Lauer & Ann Curry Dress Up As Prince William & Kate Middleton

October 31st, 2011 12:30pm EDT
The Today Show
Ann Curry makes a somewhat convincing Kate Middleton (if you look at her from a distance), but we think Matt Lauer makes a poor Prince William. What do you think?

"The Today Show" co-hosts dressed up as the royal couple for their annual Halloween bash this morning.

The real William and Kate recently raised $1 million for the Child Bereavement Charity, which helps alleviate the suffering of children who have lost family members. It's likely a cause close to William's heart since he lost his mother Princess Diana when he was just 15 years old.
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After Hurricane Irene Most People Would Want Ellen DeGeneres To Entertain Them If They Ever Lost Power Again

September 8th, 2011 7:20pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Millions of Americans along the east coast of the U.S. were affected last week as Hurricane Irene tore through their towns and cities, wreaking havoc with high winds & flooding and ultimately cutting off power to nearly six million people for several days.

While many were set apart from the outside world with no telephones, cell phones or internet service, people had to find a way to pass the time without their everyday amenities. And if it happened again most say they'd want daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to be there with them.

Ellen was tops in a recent poll by GE Generator Syst...
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Robert Pattinson Lied About Exploding Clown Story

May 3rd, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson had a little fun trying to convince us that a childhood experience kept him away from circuses his entire life, but he's finally revealed that the story isn't true at all.

The Twilight star was promoting his new film, Water for Elephants, on the Today Show. Pattinson started his interview with Matt Lauer by telling him a story: "The first time I went to the circus somebody died, one of the clowns died... his little car exploded... it's the only time I've ever been to the circus."

However, while in Germany for the film's premiere, he confessed. He told a presenter on sta...
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Will Katie Couric And Matt Lauer Reunite?

April 12th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Katie Couric And Matt Lauer
Fans of the ‘Today’ show of yesteryear might be having a cow right about now, as Bart Simpson would say.

Word on the street – or at least in the New York Times – is that Katie Couric and Matt Lauer might reunite for a syndicated talk show in a year or two.

That’s a big maybe, but surely syndicators’ mouths are watering at the thought. It’s widely known Katie Couric is unlikely to renew her contract with CBS News for her anchor job when her five-year contract expires this summer. ‘Today’ host Lauer is said to be mulling a departure from that program at the end of his contract in December...
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Michael Douglas Wins Cancer Battle

January 10th, 2011 8:10pm EST
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas has battled cancer and won.

The movie veteran will reveal all in a candid chat he has recorded for The Today show, which will air on Tuesday morning.

The actor reveals he's feeling "good" and "relieved" after his six-month fight with stage four throat cancer.

He says, "The tumor is gone, but I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain... I think the odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, I've got it beat... It'll take a couple of months of getting checked out."

Douglas reveals he's lost 32 pounds and now he's endeav...
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NBC Kicks Off The 84th Annual 'Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade'

November 24th, 2010 1:19pm EST
NBC
The live broadcast for NBC's 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, co-hosted by "Today's" Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, along with Al Roker, will air tomorrow on NBC from 9:00 a.m. until noon in all time zones. The parade is one of the nation's most memorable and cherished spectacles and will feature some of today's brightest stars.

"Kylie Minogue is coming aboard. Victoria Justice is going to be on our Build-A-Bear Workshop float. Jessica Simpson is here this year. Joan Rivers is playing the Snow Queen. I want you to know this is something a lot of people wanted, she’s going to b...
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Kanye West, You Don't Have To Apologize For Anything

November 18th, 2010 2:30pm EST
Kanye West
I never thought these words would pass from my lips, but: poor Kanye. It's hard these days not to feel sorry for the guy, in spite of his famous and well-documented infamous antics. Though I cannot cosign on some of the many tantrums he's thrown at award shows where winning would have been of little relevance to his career, it's sad to see a man who is being attacked and publicly shamed for being real.

In his now-infamous interview with Matt Lauer, Kanye West expresses regret and empathy for saying that George W. Bush did not care about black people in the wake of Katrina, because he was a...
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Russell Simmons: 'Kanye West Has No Need To Apologize'

November 15th, 2010 5:24pm EST
Russell Simmons
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has urged Kanye West not to change his ways following his disastrous interview on TV last week, encouraging him to "keep on" in an open letter to the embattled star.

The Stronger hit-maker sat down with Today presenter Matt Lauer last week in an effort to publicly reply to disparaging comments made against him by former U.S. leader George W. Bush, who branded the moment West called him a racist on live TV as the "most disgusting" period of his presidency. However, the chat didn't go as planned and West accused Lauer of trying to manipulate his answers during ...
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Kanye West Cancels His 'Today Show' Performance

November 12th, 2010 11:34am EST
Kanye West
Kanye West has scrapped a planned concert in New York for the Today Show after a bitter fall out with TV bosses over his recent interview on the program.

The rapper was due to perform in the Big Apple for the show on November 26th to promote his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is released the same week.

However, West is now refusing to honor the commitment after an uncomfortable interview on the Today Show earlier this week, which the rapper claims, left him feeling "alone, used and tortured." The taped chat aired on Thursday, with host Matt Lauer ending the segment b...
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NBC 'Today Show' Hosts Dress Up As Lady Gaga And Justin Bieber For Halloween! (Video)

October 29th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
NBC Today Show Halloween
We're always looking forward to see what the Today show hosts are going to wear for their annual Halloween show. Last year the cast wore fantastic Star Wars costumes, but this time around they went for a pop music feel, with a few classics as well.

Meredith Vieira dressed up in Lady Gaga's pink hoop dress for a performance as the star, and Natalie Morales put on Justin Bieber garb for a second song! Matt Lauer dressed up as Clark Kent, then transformed into Al Roker in a Superman costume. Megamind stars Will Ferrell and Tina Fey showed up as their characters from the movie with Roker and...
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Miranda Cosgrove Makes Her Live TV Debut On 'The Today Show' (Pics)

September 7th, 2010 9:45pm EDT
Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda Cosgrove performed in concert on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday. This was the "iCarly" star's live TV debut. She had a little bit of a punk vibe with a mostly black outfit, which included platform boots, a leather and sequined jacket and ruffled purple and black skirt.

Miranda's debut CD "Sparks Fly" is in stores now and features her smash hit single "Kissin U."

An all-new episode of "iCarly," "iSam's Mom," is set to premiere Saturday, Sept. 11, and features a very special guest appearance by Jane Lynch as Sam Puckett's (Jennette McCurdy) mother.

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Miranda Cosgrove To Make Live TV Debut On Labor Day 'Today Show'

September 3rd, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Miranda Cosgrove
Nickelodeon and Columbia Records' star Miranda Cosgrove will make her live tv performance debut on "The Today Show" this Labor Day - and fans can win tickets to be there!

Miranda will perform three songs for a "Today Show" outdoor concert in Rockefeller Center on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, and fans in the New York City area have the chance to win VIP tickets to the concert and attend an exclusive meet & greet with Miranda. Fans who don't win free tickets are still welcome to come down and see Miranda perform, and advance fan passes are also available through the "Today Show's" web site.
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