According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric will chat with Lauer about her book, 'The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives,' which comes out tomorrow.
Beyond their mini-reunion Wednesday, Couric and Lauer could form a long-lasting partnership again. The New York Times is reporting that Couric could recruit Lauer for the syndicated talk show she'll almost certainly start up after she leaves her current anchor post when her contract expires in a few months.
A rep for NBC's 'Today' told AOL TV, "There have been a lot of rumors and speculation circulating through the press, and we'd prefer not to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer is under contract with NBC News for a long time."
According to 'Entertainment Tonight,' Lauer will leave the top-rated daytime show when his contract is up. However, don't panic just yet -- Lauer's under contract until Dec. 31, 2012.
NBC issued the following statement to the New York Post regarding the possible departure of both of 'Today''s anchors: "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer has a long-term contract with NBC News and 'Today.'"
Lauer has spent 13 years in the co-anchor seat, but he's been with 'Today' since 1994.
Now, with word that Vieira and Lauer are likely leaving 'Today' when her contract ends in September, it's time to give Ann Curry the opportunity to anchor the show on a permanent basis, and not just for the 14-year apprenticeship she's put in as the newsreader. It's the smartest move for NBC to make in order to keep the show at the top of the heap.
Of course, now that we've given her the job ... does she want it? Some of the things she's said and done in the past make me wonder. More on that -- and some speculation on who else might get the job -- after the jump.
Vieira is apparently "beloved" by the 'Today' cast and crew, but a combination of long, tiring hours and personal struggles (her husband is battling multiple sclerosis and cancer) are likely the reason why she'd leave. Vieira would only sign a one-year deal when her contract expired last year, and has been open about her husband's health problems.
However, NBC doesn't want to see her go. "NBC is doing everything they can to convince her to stay," an insider told TV Guide.
At some point on Saturday evening, the folks at ABC News must have been feeling very proud of themselves.
Andrea Canning had just spent the day with Charlie Sheen, the first television reporter to do an extensive video with the actor since he let loose with various tirades on the radio and TMZ, causing CBS and the producers of 'Two and a Half Men' to shut things down for the season. ABC made the big announcement, calling it 'The First Interview,' and planned to debut it on 'Good Morning America' this morning, followed by a big splashy '20/20' special tonight.
It may have been the first television interview Sheen gave, but it sure as heck wouldn't be the last.
The folks at the Alphabet Net got scooped, then scooped again, and then scooped yet again. But the way the network has been reacting to these scoops makes us wonder if they think that it's still 1991 instead of 2011.
It's been reported that the 'Two and a Half Men' star caused even more controversy over the weekend by giving interviews to not one but two TV networks, with the each racing the other to be the first to air this morning.
First, he sat down Saturday with ABC's Andrea Canning, in what the network said was "an exclusive" interview. ABC ran promos for it during last night's Oscars telecast, and planned to air the interview in segments of 'Good Morning America' Monday and Tuesday, with a one-hour special Tuesday night at 10PM ET.
But then he gave another interview, this time to NBC's Jeff Rossen, on Sunday. And in a move that The Hollywood Reporter says resulted in "apoplexy" over at ABC News, the rival network said it will air the interview during early segments of this morning's 'Today' show.
"To me, it's three," Gifford said. Nope. Kotb guessed (wrongly) 52. The answer was 104. "Then how did I get pregnant?!" replied Gifford.
Another question: What percentage of people have admitted to fooling around while driving? Choices ranged from 7 to 33 percent. "Thirty-three percent!" Gifford shouted with confidence. Wrong again. (It's 15 percent.)
With no clear winner, they were instructed to divide the gift-basket prize. Gifford grabbed the bottle of wine from it and said, "That's all I want." Yeah, we know.
During Glenn Beck's appearance on 'Today' (weekdays, 7 AM ET on NBC), co-host Meredith Vieira asked him if he regrets some of the controversial statements he's made in the past, given the recent national debate over heated political rhetoric.
"Anything that I've said in jokes, no," Beck responded.
"Ask Jon Stewart that question," Beck repeated, when Vieira pushed him to clarify. "Ask 'The Simpsons' ... If you ask the questions to those guys, I think you'll get the same answer: Comedy is comedy."
Beck has an interesting point here. Some (but not all) of his oft-repeated controversial statements were made in jest, and elements of his cable news program are intentionally comedic.
Perhaps the difference between what Beck and Stewart do is that Beck has a serious show that dabbles in comedy, whereas Stewart has a comedic show which dabbles in seriousness. Nevertheless, because of folks like Beck and Stewart, the line between comedy and journalism has become increasingly blurred when it comes to political discourse.
Hoda introduced the song 'Who Dat Girl' by Flo Rida featuring Akon. But when she began awkwardly dancing to the song, shaking her hands up and down and snapping her fingers, Fallon couldn't help himself.
Fallon cracked up and mimmicked her seated snapping, asking "Are we going to get into 'West Side Story?'" He then launched into the 'Jet Song' from that musical, singing, "Once you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..." and got out of his chair and broke out some Jerome Robbins-influenced choreography.
He made it back to the desk in time for the chorus of the Flo Rida song, but by then Hoda had lost the thread completely.
"People do ask us that more than anything," co-host Hoda Kotb admitted. Could they have been, perhaps, following our own TVR Awards?
"And it's been blown out of proportion," Gifford added, no doubt referencing at least in part the various skits of them performed on 'Saturday Night Live.' Ironically, if you watched Gifford throughout this explanation, it didn't look like Kristen Wiig was exaggerating those facial expressions as much as we might have thought in her 'SNL' parody.
"I was starving," Gifford said, "So I tasted one and I said, 'Can I have an entire bowl of balls, please?'"
"You could eat these balls all day long," Hoda Kotb agreed.
"I'm so into the balls."
Kotb then related a story from earlier in her career when a friend of hers was doing a live shot at a Mardi Gras ball. The line he said that had the entire newsroom "busting out" was, "They're going to hold their balls here."
Lauer then suggested the indictment may be related to allegations that Assange didn't just receive stolen information from Bradley Manning -- the American soldier who has been arrested for passing on classified material to WikiLeaks -- but that Assange also gave Manning software which aided in his theft.
"I have no information about what you are referring to. We don't know what the grounds of that investigation is. In fact, like the Swedish investigation (for sexual assault of two women), the whole damn thing is kept secret."
Hearing Assange complain about being kept in the dark must surely have amused the world leaders and government officials whose secrets Assange has brought into the light.
Lauer opened the discussion by saying, "You must sit home sometimes in your pajamas with curlers in your hair and say, 'What is it about me that they find so fascinating?'"
"I do the same thing every day in my natural life," she told Lauer, "I wear the same thing every day. I don't go out," Jolie replied.
Lauer then asked if all the media scrutiny was merely a phase. "I just assume the older I get the more it will go away," she said.
Hathaway proceeded to tell a funny story about a surprise that happened while filming that scene on set. Hathaway entered the room, dropped her coat, and only then realized they were just rehearsing. "All of a sudden I notice that Jake is in his pants, Josh isn't wearing his costume, and I realize, we're rehearsing."
Gyllenhaal and Hathaway said they have both made their peace with occasional on-screen nudity being a part of their jobs. Gyllenhaal mentioned that the pair had already filmed a love scene together in 'Brokeback Mountain,' which eased the awkwardness this time around.
We can also report, with some degree of certainty, that everyone in the movie was probably at least partially naked when getting dressed in their trailers before the shoot.
Hoda took The Situation to task about the use of the word "grenade" to describe a woman -- turns out a "grenade" can be a pretty girl with a bad personality, not just somebody he deems unattractive -- and his revolving door policy with women.
The Situation defended his dating style. "Like I said, I'm single ... I'm looking for the right one right now ... I just happen to go through them a little bit quicker than everybody else."
"Go to church, you might find her there," Kathie Lee said.
The Situation went on to tell the women about his philosophy on love and destiny, having intercourse while drunk and participating in safe sex. "Either wrap it up or don't do it at all," he said.
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