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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:15AM
Ryan SeacrestIt's been reported that Ryan Seacrest is in talks to replace 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer if he steps down from the NBC morning show next year. 'The Wall Street Journal' first reported that Seacrest met network executives for preliminary talks earlier this week to discuss him joining the show.

That report has since been confirmed by 'The Hollywood Reporter,' which spoke to multiple sources who said that the meeting did indeed take place, but that it was part of ongoing discussions with Seacrest.

Executives who reportedly attended the meeting included 'Today' executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and senior vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Kapp.

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'Where in the World is Matt Lauer?' Makes Its Triumphant Return (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 7th 2011 6:30PM
The clue for day one of the tenth anniversary of 'Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?' was given on Friday: "It conjures up thoughts of a child's worst fright, but there are no people to scare in this skier's delight." Monday morning Matt came on 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) via satellite, from his undisclosed location.

It was sunny and sandy, but Ann, Al and Natalie were stumped until he began to ski down massive sand dunes. "Does this mean he's in Namibia?" Ann guessed correctly. More specifically, Matt was on the Skeleton Coast in the Namib Desert, which means 'Land of No People.'

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Darrell Hammond Reflects on His Breakdown and Psychological Recovery (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 4th 2011 7:00PM
Former 'Saturday Night Live' star Darrell Hammond can impersonate almost anybody, but Friday 'Today' (weekdays, 7am on NBC) he talked to Matt Lauer about how difficult it has been to be himself. In his new book 'God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked' he writes about the effects of being abused by his mother both physically and mentally. "I lived a lot longer than I thought I was going to and I had a lot of good doctors and a lot of help," Hammond explained.

Matt asked about the infamous incident when when Hammond was escorted out of 30 Rock in a straight jacket after having a psychotic episode. "Well, it was a rough patch of road ... but I don't want to behave as if life is a terrible thing," Hammond said. When Matt asked him if could enjoy life these days, Hammond said that the fear of going back to his dark psychological place is a constant struggle, even though it hasn't happened in a while.

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Bill Cosby and Susan Boyle Fall In & Out of Love in a Matter of Minutes (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 2nd 2011 2:40PM
Bill Cosby and Susan Boyle had a whirlwind mock-romance for the ages on 'Today,' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) cycling through multiple stages of a relationship in a single-segment. In a several-minute affair that made Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage feel like forever, Boyle helped Cosby put on his jacket, he kissed her on the cheek and they started cuddling.

"And we'll be getting divorced during the commercial," Cosby joked, before Boyle quickly left and the camera cut back to him looking heartbroken and holding a single rose with a farewell note.

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Paula Deen Flirts With Matt Lauer and Makes Him Uncomfortable (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 11th 2011 1:00PM
Matt Lauer set himself up for a flirtatious interview when he introduced Paula Deen as "TV's sexiest female chef." That set the tone for a 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) cooking segment that was supposed to be about mashed potatoes but ended up being more about Deen getting handsy in the kitchen.

"Why do you like buttermilk in so many recipes?" Lauer asked. "The buttermilk gives it a little tang, just a little bite," Deen replied, squeezing his cheek. "You get named the sexiest chef on TV and start flirting with everybody," Lauer quipped.

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'Today' Celebrates Oktoberfest With Beer Stein-Holding Contest (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 7th 2011 12:30PM
The 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) gang celebrated Oktoberfest by playing a classic German game called masskrug, where participants have to hold out a full, 1-liter beer stein parallel to the ground without spilling. It's a physical challenge that traditionally has accompanied a drinking extravaganza.

While twenty minutes is the world record, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Savannah Guthrie all lasted just over a minute. Guest-host Kim Kardashian tapped out first, around the 50 second mark. At one point Matt Lauer busted Al Roker's chops, asking him, "Is that a light beer?"

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Bryan Cranston On What He's Learned From Playing Walter White on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 1:00PM
As 'Breaking Bad' nears its intense and climactic Season 4 finale, Bryan Cranston went on 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) to talk about his character Walter White's descent into meth-dealing gangsterism.

White's de-evolution from a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher to a ruthless meth-dealer is rapidly accelerating, and Cranston spoke about what he's learned from playing such a morally ambiguous character. "It really isn't about glorifying drug use or drug making ... it's about a man's poor decision-making. What I've learned from this experience is that anyone, even the meekest person among us, could become a horrible, dangerous person," he told Matt Lauer.

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Tareq Salahi Hits Interview Circuit After Michaele Runs Away With Journey Guitarist (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 23rd 2011 1:30PM
The sad, tabloid drama featuring Michaele and Tareq Salahi continues to get more national publicity, for some reason. The couple that came into the public consciousness when they crashed a party at the White House and briefly appeared on 'The Real Housewives of D.C.' is making headlines again after Tareq reported his wife missing only to find out that she'd run away with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.

Tareq sat down with Matt Lauer for an emotional, uncomfortable 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) interview. Lauer pressed Salahi about why he didn't see this coming. "You recently went to a Journey concert, went backstage, took video of it," Lauer said. "I considered Neal a best friend ..." Tareq responded, "I'm betrayed in my view, by not just my wife, but also by Neal."

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Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Expectations and What the Show Is Searching For (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 21st 2011 6:30PM
On the eve of Wednesday night's 'The X Factor' premiere, Matt Lauer traveled to Simon Cowell's L.A. mansion for a fireside 'Today' (7AM ET on NBC) chat. The two talked about Cowell's expectations for the new show, critics who are rooting for Cowell to fail, and what defines that elusive x-factor the show is looking to find.

"You'll see the most ginarmous fireworks display in Los Angeles if this show bombed," Cowell said, pointing out at the city. But Cowell may be his own harshest critic: he told Lauer that if the show doesn't draw in 20 million viewers, a number that would put it on par with 'Idol,' he'd consider it a flop.

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Charlie Sheen Talks About Getting Roasted (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 2:45PM
Charlie Sheen with Matt Lauer on 'Today'Charlie Sheen seems to have come out on the other side of his public breakdown, which culminated with his firing from the popular sitcom 'Two and A Half Men.' Speaking with Matt Lauer Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Sheen sounded almost normal, as if he were talking about someone else who went nuts and lost his job.

Of course, he's already heard everything bad everyone could say about him, having taped his Comedy Central Roast last week. It got personal, but Sheen understood. "It was entertainment, but I think if you're gonna roast a guy like me, there can't be any boundaries," he said. "There can't be anything off limits. You know? I was sitting there, and I thought, okay, I volunteered for this. You know? And that was an odd feeling because, who would do that?"

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Gavin DeGraw Recounts the Fuzzy Details of His Beating, Performs on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:15PM
Gavin DeGraw on 'Today'You'll have to forgive musician Gavin DeGraw if he's a little foggy on the details of the beating he received last month in New York City. He gave an account of the incident Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that provided little explanation for why a group of people attacked him, or even how he reacted. But he was able to get back to the music.

"A group of people said something to me," he said. "The tone was weird and I turned to be like, what's the tone? And that was ... it was kind of like the lights went out." DeGraw said he doesn't remember much after that, but a 911 call had reported he had been hit by a cab. "I'm told I got clipped by a taxi. My head was already so rocked from the concussion."

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Kate Gosselin Wants the Best for Her Kids, And She Thinks That's Reality TV (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 12th 2011 2:45PM
Kate Gosselin on 'Today'Kate Gosselin said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that she felt sad for the fans of 'Kate Plus 8' after its cancelation. "They're devastated," she told Matt Lauer. Obviously not enough of them were devastated to keep the show going, but one person, Kate's ex-husband Jon Gosselin, was happy about it.

Lauer quoted Jon saying he was "very relieved that the kids will be away from the cameras," and that reality TV isn't a worthwhile career.

Kate did not agree. "Jon may be accepting of mediocre for his kids and working a regular job," she said. "I want the best for my kids, and the best opportunities, not unlike every parent. I think be a good parent is to work as hard as you can and give them the best opportunities in life. And this has provided that."

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Judge Judy Sheindlin Reflects on 16 Seasons of TV Justice (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 7th 2011 1:15PM
Judge Judy Sheindlin on 'Today'When 'Judge Judy' first aired in 1996, Bill Clinton was still president and no one knew who Monica Lewinsky was. Judy Sheindlin's show has lasted a full decade longer than 'Lost,' seven more years than 'Seinfeld' and the original 'The Twilight Zone,' and five more than 'Married With Children.' Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) Judge Judy spoke with Matt Lauer about her approach to TV justice.

"I can make a little story in that nine or ten minutes that people can follow," Sheindlin said of the show. "They understand right, they understand wrong, they understand good guy, they understand bad guy." Some people, though, do not understand how to dress for court, which is what makes Sheindlin angrier than anything.

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'Today' Turns Their Patch of NYC Into a Zany Country Fair (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 31st 2011 2:20PM
'Today' becomes a country fairOf all the things that could jump up and scare a woman in a busy city square in New York, it's usually not a frog. But that's what made Savannah Guthrie jump Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) when Matt Lauer pointed to her feet in mock surprise. 'Today' had turned their outdoor broadcasting space into a country fair that included jumping frogs and hay bale races.

The staff competed in the different events, including a frog jumping contest that predictably went awry when the frogs wouldn't jump in a straight line. They were also entertained by a young banjo player in a bluegrass ensemble.

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Al Roker Discovers Alaska on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:45PM
Al Roker in Alaska on 'Today'Al Roker visited Alaska for the first time for 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and discovered cool glacial waters, dog mushing, bald eagles, black bears, and some tasty grilling. He called it, "an experience of a lifetime," though he couldn't resist a cheesy joke to top it all off.

In the segment, Roker was traveling down a river listing the things he'd seen, and wishing for just one thing. "We've seen a bald eagle, we've seen a black bear, now if we could just catch a salmon," he said. He got his wish, and got to eat a freshly grilled salmon burger from Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon. "I will fight a bear for this," he said.

Roker summed up his report by saying, "It was an Alaskan adventure of ice, snow, dogs, wildlife and planes. An experience of a lifetime." Back in the studio, he said, "One of the bald eagles Twittered that he saw a bald black guy, so that's pretty good." Matt Lauer said that was a long way to go for that joke, literally and figuratively.

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