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Matt Lauer Rides Jim Carrey Like a Horse (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 16th 2011 10:25AM
Today Show, Matt Lauer, Jim CarreyHypothetical situation: You're a morning show anchor. As you tease your next guest before a commercial break, said guest crawls on set on his hands and knees and whinnies like a horse. What, pray tell, do you do?

If you're 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) veteran and consummate professional Matt Lauer, you get on that horse and ride (straight-faced, while finishing your line). That's actually what happened Thursday morning when Jim Carrey appeared on the show to promote his new film, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins.'

As Lauer was introducing the interview, Carrey came out a little early with horse routine (it kills with the under-5 set). Lauer didn't even bat an eye -- or stop his introduction -- as he mounted Carrey. "Come on, little Matty! Who's a cowboy?" Carrey encouraged as the two made their way across the studio floor.

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Blake Lively Talks 'Green Lantern' Character, Recites Oath With Matt Lauer (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 14th 2011 1:25PM
Blake Lively talks about 'The Green Lantern' on 'Today'If Blake Lively's interview on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) is any indication, don't expect her to be a pushover in the new 'Green Lantern' film. She plays Carol Ferris opposite Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan / Green Lantern, and Lively says Ferris is no ordinary superhero girlfriend who depends on her boyfriend to save the day.

"In the comic, she turns into a villain at one point, so that would be the best," said Lively. "It was great because normally these women are the damsels in distress, but she's a strong woman and she's always challenging him and they're always going head-to-head."

She even had the Green Lantern's Oath down and corrected Matt Lauer, who traded lines with her when he challenged her to recite it, ending in a big geek high-five.

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Carl Paladino: Gay Pride Parades Are a 'Terrible Thing' For Children To Watch (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 11th 2010 3:55PM
Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-backed candidate for governor of New York, has touched off controversy by telling a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders that he doesn't want children to "be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option."

He attempted to explain his comments on 'Today' (weekdays, 7 AM ET on NBC.)

"I have absolutely no problem with (homosexuality)," Paladino told Matt Lauer. "My only reservation is marriage."

Lauer then pointed out that Paladino hadn't said that he doesn't want school children to be brainwashed into accepting gay marriage, rather he had said he didn't want them to be brainwashed into accepting homosexuality as an "equally valid or successful option."

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Meredith Vieira Calls Matt Lauer the Wrong Name (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 21st 2010 2:00PM
Meredith Vieira calls Matt Lauer the wrong name on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) and initially denies it before (sort of) fessing up to her mistake.

At first, Vieira denies she ever said the wrong name, claiming it was confusion caused by her native Rhode Island accent. But, eventually, after being confronted with video evidence, Vieira admits, "I meant to call you a jerk, but then it came out 'Mark.'" What an apology!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Matt Lauer Escorts Jennifer Lopez Out of the Building (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 19th 2010 1:00PM
What a gentleman! Matt Lauer escorts Jennifer Lopez out of the building after an interview on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) to promote her movie 'The Back-up Plan.'

After the interview, Lauer announces that Lopez needs to leave the building immediately due to her busy schedule. So, he escorts her outside to waiting cab, which, not coincidentally, features an advertisement for her new movie. On the way, Lopez explains that any cab in Manhattan with an ad for 'The Back-up Plan' will be offering free rides for the day.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Today' Anchors Drink Seaweed Juice (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 16th 2010 12:30PM
Sure, seaweed juice sounds healthy, but at what cost? The answer became immediately apparent as Matt Lauer and Ann Curry sampled a batch of the stuff and found it not to their liking on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC).

During a segment on strange new foods, Lauer tries the drink first, but then quickly puts it down. "You know, you have to be careful here, because I don't want to hurt whatever company this is," Lauer said, after initially being at a loss for words. "I'm sure they're nice. It's just not my taste."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Endangered Fox Leaps at Matt Lauer on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 7th 2010 2:30PM
During a segment on endangered animals on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), a Swift Fox makes a break for it and narrowly avoids leaping on anchor Matt Lauer.

As Julie Scardina, the Animal Ambassador for Seaworld and Busch Gardens, attempts to pass the animal off to a handler, it tries to jump to the floor and misses Lauer by inches.

Watch the video after the jump.

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President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt Lauer (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:00PM
President Obama Talks College Hoops with Matt LauerBarack Obama appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) to talk a little college basketball with Matt Lauer. There, it was revealed that the President had picked none of the Final Four teams correctly.

"How's your bracket look?" Lauer asked Obama. Obama replied, "It is completely blown up ... It is a sign that I was paying singular focus on heath care." "That's your excuse and you're sticking with it?" asked Lauer.

Since Obama's college basketball picks have all lost, Lauer asked the President for his revised choice for the team that will win it all. Obama's choice? West Virginia. Changing your college picks in the middle of the tournament? Is this what was meant by "Change You Can Believe In?"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Matt Lauer Chest Bumps an Intern on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 19th 2010 11:30AM
Warning: Acts of bromanship can sometimes be hazardous to your health. Matt Lauer learned this the hard way when he chest bumped an intern who was significantly larger than him on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC).

Lauer gloats over a win by the Ohio University Bobcats in the NCAA Tournament and gives a congratulatory chest bump to a show intern, causing himself a bit of discomfort in the process. "Oh," Lauer said, clutching at his chest. "Don't do that with a big guy."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Matt Damon Confirms Role as Robert F. Kennedy (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 10th 2010 1:30PM
Matt Damon said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that he will likely play Robert F. Kennedy in a biopic by 'Seabiscuit' director Gary Ross. Damon expressed some uncertainty at portraying such a larger-than-life figure, but said he feels confident in his abilities nonetheless.

When asked by Matt Lauer how he could play such a monumental figure, Damon replied, 'Well, I don't know that I can. That's part of the challenge, but I'm pretty confident that I could do it. It would be a lot of research and a lot of time put in. And, look, where I come from he's a pretty important person and it's a lot of responsibility." Damon added that a script is currently in the works.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Meredith Vieira Renews 'Today' Contract

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Mar 4th 2010 10:30AM
Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira is sticking with the morning shift.

Although her contract was set to expire this fall, Variety is reporting that the 'Today' show co-anchor has renewed through 2011, according to internal sources at the network.

NBC has yet to confirm or deny the report.

Since Vieira replaced Katie Couric in 2006, she's seamlessly transitioned into one of morning news' most recognizable faces. As Variety points out, 'Today' has remained number-one in the ratings for the last 741 weeks, or just over 14 years.

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Oprah One-Ups Matt Lauer on Olympics Souvenirs (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 7:45PM
Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Olympics SouvenirsTake that, Matt Lauer! Think you've got the goods on all the hot Olympics souvenirs? Clearly, you don't know who you're dealing with, because Oprah Winfrey is very connected.

The talk show queen opened 'Oprah Winfrey' (weekdays, syndicated) today wearing the coveted red mittens that Lauer was all set to brag about. "That is so cold, Oprah," he said. "That is cold."

But it didn't stop Lauer from getting in a barb about her needing a bigger Mohawk Hat than the one he had on. Oh, by the way, Lauer? Everyone in Oprah's studio audience is getting those red mittens. Yeah, try and top that!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Why Was the Tiger Woods Speech Treated Like a Presidential Address?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:41PM
Tiger Woods speechIf you're looking for analysis of the Great Tiger Woods Apology of 2010, you've come to the wrong place. Our friends at TMZ, PopEater, and Fanhouse will have it all broken down from a personality, gossip, and sports perspective. No, what I'm here to talk about is the TV aspect of the coverage, and all I have to say about it is... it's troubling.

Why? Think about what happened this morning: all four networks interrupted their regular programming to show the speech. There was pre- and post-speech analysis from sports reporters as well as the news folks. There was a podium and a blue curtain. If you didn't know that Tiger Woods was about to speak, you might have thought that President Obama was about to step out and address the nation. Instead, we got Tiger talking over and over about how he's failed himself, his wife, his friends and his family.

I'm not sure what made me feel dirtier: the fact that the networks made it seem like a presidential address, or that I was actually watching it. Video and more after the jump.

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Richard Hatch Still Ticked About Being Thrown Back in Jail

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 17th 2010 2:07PM
Richard Hatch attends 10th Anniversary party for 'Survivor' in January 2010When CBS threw their tenth-anniversary party for 'Survivor' last month during the TCA press tour, there was only one person I wanted to talk to: Richard Hatch. And there was only one reason I wanted to talk to him: Someone claiming to be him sent us an e-mail comment in response to a post Allison did in October; Allison basically told him to stop airing public comments regarding the incident that sent him back to jail last summer.

If you recall, he gave an interview with 'Today' and two other NBC properties last August; he was sent back to jail because he was supposedly only given permission to talk to 'Today.'

In the note to us, the person -- who we're pretty sure was Hatch, based on some digging we did after the note came in -- claims that the system is "broken" and that he doesn't owe any back taxes, something Hatch has said in public a number of times.

So, I decided to ask him about whether he liked sending websites e-mails like that, then we talked a little about the case.

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And So It Begins: 'Today's' Annoying Olympics Coverage

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:29PM
Roker and Lauer on the two-man luge at the 2006 Torino OlympicsAlthough I'm generally a 'Today' show loyalist, for the next two weeks, I'm going to be a 'Good Morning America' fan.

Why? Three words: The Winter Olympics.

Every two years, since NBC started carrying the Olympics, they turn their top-rated morning news show into essentially the Games' morning recap show. Sure, you still get that first half hour of pure news, but after that, the show becomes all-Olympics, all the time, from examining the personal stories of the athletes, to travelogues about whatever exotic locale the Games are in that year, to deep, 'SportsCenter'-like examination of the previous night's results.

But that's not the part that annoys me the most. When the hosts go out and try to do the Olympic sports themselves, the cringe factor goes up exponentially. Especially when Matt Lauer and Al Roker are involved.

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