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After Hurricane Irene Most People Would Want Ellen DeGeneres To Entertain Them If They Ever Lost Power Again

9/8/2011 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...

Robert Pattinson Lied About Exploding Clown Story

5/3/2011 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...

Will Katie Couric And Matt Lauer Reunite?

4/12/2011 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...

Michael Douglas Wins Cancer Battle

1/10/2011 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...

NBC Kicks Off The 84th Annual 'Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade'

11/24/2010 1:19pm EST
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...

Kanye West, You Don't Have To Apologize For Anything

11/18/2010 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...

Russell Simmons: 'Kanye West Has No Need To Apologize'

11/15/2010 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 ...

Kanye West Cancels His 'Today Show' Performance

11/12/2010 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...

NBC 'Today Show' Hosts Dress Up As Lady Gaga And Justin Bieber For Halloween! (Video)

10/29/2010 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...

Miranda Cosgrove Makes Her Live TV Debut On 'The Today Show' (Pics)

9/7/2010 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.


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

9/3/2010 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.

Katy Perry Is All About Lollipops, Cotton Candy And Matt Lauer

8/27/2010 2:15pm EDT
Katy Perry
It was lollipops and fluffy clouds for Katy Perry in concert on NBC's "Today Show" this morning. The pop star wore a pink sequined bodysuit with a ballet skirt. Whatever dream world she's living in, we want to go there!

The singer donated free pillows and blankets to fans who camped out to see her perform in New York City.

Fans began lining up to see the singer days in advance - and she decided to thank them for their loyalty by ordering customized cushions and quilts with her name printed on them.

Our friends over at PopEater heard that Katy has a little crush on 'Today Show' host Matt...

Dina Lohan To Be Interviewed On The 'Today Show'

8/12/2010 3:00pm EDT
Dian Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina is set to tell all about her daughter's recent jail stint and current rehab stay in a TV interview on Friday.

The Mean Girls star was sentenced to 90 days behind bars earlier this year after she was found to have violated the terms of her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest. She served just 13 days behind bars at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California and was transported to a rehabilitation clinic as part of a court-ordered 90-day treatment program.

Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, revealed the troubled star is "doing very w...

Lady Gaga Performed On 'The Today Show'; Stopped Traffic

7/9/2010 5:20pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga brought traffic in her native New York City to a halt on Friday when more than 20,000 devotees crowded the streets to watch the star perform a free show in the rain.

The "Poker Face" singer took to the stage as part of The Today Show's Summer Concert Series and played a handful of songs, including her hit "Bad Romance" and new single "Alejandro."

Gaga also treated fans to a rendition of standard Someone To Watch Over Me and a new track, titled You and I, during which she writhed around on top of a grand piano in the middle of Rockefeller Center as the skies opened and the rain b...

Alleged Mistress Of Matt Lauer Used To Be A Man

5/28/2010 10:44am EDT
Alexis Houston Matt Lauer
Alexis Houston, the alleged mistress in the Matt Lauer cheating scandal, used to be a man. Previously known as Wellington Houston, Alexis came forward to deny the affair rumors.

Alexis had the sex change around three years ago. She has hired Gloria Allred as her attorney, saying in a press conference "I feel that my privacy and personal space has been invaded."

Alexis made headlines before - as Wellington. In the late 90's, he was sued by Whitney Houston for fraud. Wellington was claiming to be a distant relative and trying to defraud a doctor. In 2001 he released a music CD, again claimi...

Matt Lauer Says Cheating Allegations Are 'Ridiculous' & 'Not True'

5/14/2010 9:00am EDT
Matt Lauer
News anchorman Matt Lauer has angrily dismissed reports suggesting he and his wife have split.

"The Today Show" host was alleged to have cheated on his wife of 12 years, Annette, with a relative of Whitney Houston's while he was covering the Winter Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year.

But he insists that story and another one suggesting he had moved out of the family's home are works "of fiction."

Lauer tells People magazine, "I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple. I have never moved out. I am not moving out. There is no truth to that."


Matt Lauer: The Latest Celebrity Cheater?

5/13/2010 1:59pm EDT
Matt Lauer
Multiple sources are reporting that Today Show host Matt Lauer has moved out of his house after his wife accused him of cheating while covering the Olympics in Vancouver.

The National Enquirer says that accusations between Lauer and his wife of 12 years, Annette, led to a two-day fight and him leaving the house. They also say that she no longer wears her wedding ring.

The National Enquirer's latest issue has an interview with Annette's mother, who confirms the fight and Matt leaving the house. Apparently he was spending nights in Vancouver at local hotspots and was spotted several times w...

Everyone's Favorite Monkey Returns In 'Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey'

1/23/2010 9:00am EST
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey
Buckle up for an unforgettable experience when Curious George and his friends embark on a hilarious madcap cross country adventure in "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey", an all-new feature-length animated film available only on DVD on March 2 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Filled with the delightful antics, gentle humor and heartfelt emotion that have captivated the hearts of families around the world, "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey" includes a menagerie of entertaining bonus features: Two never-before-seen shows from the all-new TV season on PBS that does not air un...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 30

12/30/2009 3:00am EST
Tiger Woods
Happy Birthday to:

Golfer (& subject of major recent controversy) Tiger Woods (1975)

"Smallville" actress Kristin Kreuk (1982)

"Dollhouse" star Eliza Dushku (1980)

Singer Tyrese (1978)

"Criminal Minds" actress Meredith Monroe (1976)

Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay (1969)

British comedienne Tracey Ullman (1959)

"Today Show" anchor Matt Lauer (1957)

Singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss (1956)

ELO singer Jeff Lynne (1947)

Singer Patti Smith (1946)

Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones (1945) and songwriter Mike Nesmith (1942)

60s rock star Del Shannon (1939)


Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

11/28/2009 8:51am EST
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...

Robert Pattinson Talks About His Butt Accident, Other Rumors (Video)

11/19/2009 10:45am EST
Robert Pattinson
TODAY's Matt Lauer talked to actor Robert Pattinson this morning about his new movie, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," and the nature of his relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart. Check out the video!

In a recent interview Robert claimed he's not a romantic in real life. "I haven't done that many romantic things in my life," he said in a press conference, to the silent sounds of hearts breaking. Even though he is a musician, Pattinson has never used it to serenade a sweetheart. "Oh, no! I don't think that would ever be romantic. You need to have so much balls to do that. Jesus Christ!...

Katy Perry's Wacky Dice Dress On 'Today Show' (Pics & Video)

7/24/2009 3:54pm EDT
Katy Perry Today Show video dice dress pictures
Pop singer Katy Perry rocked the stage at the "Today" show this morning in a red "dice dress." Check out pictures and videos below...

No stranger to bizarre fashion choices, Perry showed up in her Las Vegas gear: She wore a bright red sequin dress with huge dice, while her band wore dollar bill suits.

When she was asked about her unconventional outfit, Katie said "Every day for me is Halloween. I am a sucker for themes." And when the guitar wouldn't fit over the dice on her dress, she said, "Now I feel really stupid. This is a stupid outfit. You can have it afterward."

The quirky s...

Video: Matt Lauer Talks To Jermaine Jackson And Gets An Inside Look At Neverland Ranch

7/2/2009 10:22am EDT
Matt Lauer
In a special edition of NBC News' "Today," Matt Lauer broadcasts live from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and talks exclusively to Jermaine Jackson in his first interview since his brother's death. Lauer takes viewers on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the home where Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop.

Jermaine really opens up about his and his family's reactions to the news and then goes on to say 'I wish it was me.' Here's the full video:

Matt Lauer tours the Neverland Ranch, Michael Jackson's fantasy-filled p...

Will Ferrell Gives Props To Matt Lauer In 'Land Of The Lost'

6/2/2009 9:21am EDT
Land of the Lost
Not only does Will Ferrell do his own stunts in Land of the Lost, but so does Matt Lauer. Ferrell plays a disgraced scientist humiliated on The Today Show. In an epilogue, Ferrell's character gets his revenge and Lauer just can't take it.

"The ending scene where he tackles me, he said, 'You know what? Let's do one more take,'" Ferrell said. "Then he just did that, which was great, and I'm trying not to laugh because I was so surprised, that he's like tackling me. That was brilliant, that was great."

Director Brad Silberling used the real take because there was no recreating that m...

Samuel L. Jackson Beats Chris Brown; Cast Your Votes In Round 2 Of 'Celeb Madness' (Pt. 2)

3/23/2009 2:40pm EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup


Matt Lauer Avoids Deer, Flips Off Bicycle

3/23/2009 8:58am EDT
Matt Lauer
NEW YORK (AP) — A flip off his bicycle took "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer off the air Monday.

Lauer was riding his bicycle this weekend when a deer jumped into his path. He flipped over the bike's handlebars and was slightly hurt, NBC said.

His broadcast partner, Meredith Vieira, joked on the air that Lauer thinks the deer was hired by the competition.

"Matt's banged up with a displaced shoulder, it popped out," she said. "So hopefully he'll be on the mend soon."

Lester Holt filled in as Vieira's co-host Monday.

© 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Th...

Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 3)

3/19/2009 2:00pm EDT
Number One Seed Matthew McConaughey
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 30

12/30/2008 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to basketball phenom LeBron James (1984), "Smallville" actress Kristin Kreuk (1982), "Tru Calling" actress Eliza Dushku (1980), singer Tyrese (1978), boxer Laila Ali (1977), "Criminal Minds" actress Meredith Monroe (1976), golf star Tiger Woods (1975), Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay (1969), British comedic actress Tracey Ullman (1959), Today Show anchor Matt Lauer (1957), singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss (1956), ELO singer Jeff Lynne (1947), singer Patti Smith (1946), Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones (1945) and songwriter Mike Nesmith (1942), 60s rock star Del Shannon (1939); "Tre...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 30

12/30/2007 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to basketball phenom LeBron James (1984), "Smallville" actress Kristin Kreuk (1982), "Tru Calling" actress Eliza Dushku (1980), singer Tyrese (1978), boxer Laila Ali (1977), "Criminal Minds" actress Meredith Monroe (1976), golf star Tiger Woods (1975), NFL quarterback Kerry Collins (1972), Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay (1969), British comedic actress Tracey Ullman (1959), Today Show anchor Matt Lauer (1957), singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss (1956), ELO singer Jeff Lynne (1947), singer Patti Smith (1946), Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones (1945) and songwriter Mike Nesmith (1942), ...

Paula Abdul Discusses Drug & Alcohol Rumors, Confirms Who She Has Been Dating

7/18/2007 2:30pm EDT
Paula Abdul
In a live interview that aired on NBC News' "Today" this morning, Paula Abdul talked to Matt Lauer about the drug and alcohol addiction rumors she has faced saying she is not addicted to painkillers or alcohol. Abdul said, "painkillers don't work for me," and "I've had to learn to live in pain."

Abdul also talks about her love life, her role as a judge on "American Idol" and her new reality series "Hey, Paula" on Bravo.

Below are excerpts from the interview:

LAUER: Let me ask you about some things that have come up about you. One was that now famous, maybe infamous, interview...