Lauer Has Deer Run-in, Misses Today

Anchor skips hosting Today
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 9:32 AM CDT
In this Jan. 17, 2008 file photo, co-host Matt Lauer, of the NBC "Today" television program, is shown in New York's Rockefeller Center.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
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(Newser) – Matt Lauer was forced to skip Today this morning, after being slightly injured by a deer that jumped into the path of his bike over the weekend, Us reports. But where did the deer come from? Lauer “thinks the deer was hired by the competition,” said co-anchor Meredith Vieira, but in reality, “I hired the deer. But I said, ‘Just graze him.’”