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Matt Lauer's Clinton-Trump Forums: He 'Totally Blew It'

Critics call 'Today' host's interviews with Trump, Clinton 'pathetic,' sexist

(Newser) - If you weren't sure what all the tweets this morning with the #LaueringTheBar hashtag were all about, you may not have seen NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" military forum Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, helmed by Today Show host Matt Lauer. Critics say that during the hourlong... More »

Big Moments From Clinton, Trump Military Forum

Both got low marks at 'commander-in-chief' event

(Newser) - In what many saw as a preview of the Sept. 26 debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set out very different positions on foreign policy in a national security forum Wednesday night. The "Commander-in-Chief" forum, hosted by NBC News and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America at the... More »

Prison-Escape Helper: 'I Just Got in Over My Head'

Joyce Mitchell says Richard Matt had 'complete control'

(Newser) - Ex-prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell is in an upstate New York jail awaiting sentencing for her role in helping inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in June, but she took the time to talk to Matt Lauer recently to explain where her head was at during... More »

Caitlyn Jenner on Crash: I Don't Want to Go to Men's Jail

She talks about accident publicly for first time

(Newser) - Matt Lauer interviews Caitlyn Jenner in a Today segment airing today and tomorrow, and the Olympic champ and Kardashian stepparent talks—among other things—about the fatal car accident she was involved in earlier this year. "I remember it happening. That's about it," she says. "A... More »

Brian Williams Finally Speaks: 'It Has Been Torture'

Ex-'Nightly News' anchor says he's been examining 'black box' of his career

(Newser) - NBC has announced Brian Williams won't be coming back as its Nightly News anchor, and Brian Williams has announced, via an interview on Today , that the months since his suspension in February have "been torture." "Looking back, it has been absolutely necessary," he told Matt... More »

Tracy Morgan: 'I'll Get Back to Making You Laugh'

He speaks out for first time after accident

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan, clearly emotional but speaking clearly, made his first public appearance since last year's crash this morning on Today , soon after settling with Walmart over the accident that left him badly injured. "I can't believe I'm here," he told Matt Lauer. "The case... More »

Ray Rice: 'Horrendous' Flub Not Saying Sorry to Janay

'The only thing I can hope for ... is a 2nd chance," ex-Ravens player says

(Newser) - Janay Rice told Matt Lauer yesterday that "I can't say [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] is telling the truth" about the elevator incident that derailed husband Ray's career . Ray Rice joined the conversation this morning on Today , along with Janay's parents. Highlights:
  • On not apologizing to
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Today Show Staff: We Don't Want Katie Couric Back

Or Meredith Viera, for that matter: insider

(Newser) - With Today co-host Savannah Guthrie pregnant, execs are thinking of asking Katie Couric or Meredith Viera to return and fill in during Guthrie's maternity leave—and staffers aren't exactly welcoming either back with open arms. Staffers see the idea as "a disservice to [co-hosts] Natalie [Morales] and... More »

Miley to Lauer: You're Too Old for Sex

Cyrus in awkward 'Today' show exchange

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus' Today interview this morning was pretty standard stuff ("This is just who I am," "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that happens," "I know who I am, and I know that I am an artist," etc.),... More »

TV's Highest-Paid Star? Judge Judy (by a Mile)

She brings home $47M per year: 'TV Guide'

(Newser) - The highest-paid TV star probably isn't who you'd expect: It's Judy Sheindlin, perhaps better known as Judge Judy, who earns an impressive $47 million a year, TV Guide reports. Sheindlin's massive salary is thanks in part to the fact that hers is the top-rated syndicated daytime... More »

Martha Stewart Narrows Down Match.com Suitors

Will email 2 today, she promises Matt Lauer

(Newser) - So Martha Stewart really is going through with this whole Match.com thing . After posting a profile on the dating site, Stewart, not surprisingly, received 1,000 messages from interested suitors. She managed to narrow it down to five potentially good matches, and out of those five she's going... More »

Kathie Lee Wants Everyone to Like Lauer Again

Pens open letter, gets entire 'Today' staff to sign

(Newser) - Things have not been great lately for Matt Lauer. Amid a press onslaught painting him as the bully who ousted Ann Curry from Today and rumors he might be on his way out , he at least has some pretty important people in his corner: his colleagues. Kathie Lee Gifford wrote... More »

NBC Wants Anderson Cooper in Lauer's Seat

Report hits as Lauer under fire for role in Curry exit

(Newser) - NBC must be kicking itself for giving Matt Lauer a $25 million-a-year contract. Top NBC executives recently approached Anderson Cooper about taking the embattled Today host's job this year, anonymous sources tell Deadline . Separately, they reached out to Lauer to get his blessing for the swap—but Lauer didn'... More »

Next for Matt Lauer: Jeopardy Host?

Rumors swirl that he's leaving 'Today'

(Newser) - Matt Lauer is not having a great week. A front-page story in the New York Times yesterday focused on the Today show's ratings troubles, and quoted staffers who think Lauer—whose popularity with viewers has been decreasing ever since the Ann Curry debacle —is on the way out.... More »

Viewers Hated Matt Lauer as Macy's Parade Host

Time for him to retire, suggests one tweet

(Newser) - Is Matt Lauer getting too old to host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage for NBC? Twitter seems to think so. Some of the harshest tweets directed at Lauer yesterday, as rounded up by the New York Post :
  • @WrongImpression : "Dear Matt Lauer, RETIRE. YOU LOOK LIKE A CROTCHETY
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Zuckerberg: Yeah, I Own About 20 of These T-Shirts

'I wear the same thing every day,' he tells Matt Lauer

(Newser) - It's not exactly a bombshell revelation, but Mark Zuckerberg tells NBC's Matt Lauer that he doesn't pay much attention to fashion. "I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right?" he says in the Today interview , which airs Thursday. "I mean, it's literally,... More »

Latest Today Wrinkle: Savannah Towers Over Matt

NBC wants her to wear shorter heels, source claims

(Newser) - After much drama, Savannah Guthrie replaced Ann Curry as co-host of NBC's Today—but it may not all be smooth sailing yet. "Guthrie's height has become an issue," a source tells the New York Post . She's 5'10", but that shoots up to more than... More »

Here's Why Ann Curry Really Got the Boot

Matt Lauer was '100%' behind it, says source

(Newser) - If you thought things seemed a little, well, cold between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on her final Today show appearance, there's good reason for that, a source tells Us Weekly : "Matt Lauer is 100% behind Ann leaving," the insider claims. There's not much in the... More »

Yep, Savannah Guthrie Will Replace Ann Curry

NBC to make 'Today' shuffle official: Hollywood Reporter

(Newser) - Savannah Guthrie sat in Ann Curry's former chair this morning as co-host of Today, and it looks like the seat will become hers permanently. In a not-so-surprising development, NBC will officially announce later today that Guthrie will be Matt Lauer's full-time co-host, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Her... More »

Ann Curry's Send-Off Hits 'Wrong Note'

'Today' co-host gets less than 5 minutes to say goodbye

(Newser) - There was no fancy farewell montage or goodbye song performance : just Ann Curry, on the Today couch alongside Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales, bidding adieu to the viewers she loves. "This is not easy to say, but today is going to be my last morning as a... More »

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