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NBC Mum on Lauer's Marital Woes

10/8/2006 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Matt and Annette LauerNBC is extremely concerned over reports that Matt Lauer's wife filed for legal separation, and the network is doing everything in its power to stop the story from spreading.

Annette Roque Lauer, who married Matt eight years ago, filed a petition for legal separation last month, according to Rush & Molloy. The columnists say Lauer withdrew her petition, but sources inside the network are on red alert to manage the story. Indeed, one source at a rival broadcast network tells TMZ that NBC is deeply worried that a messy break-up, especially involving the couple's two kids -- and another on the way -- could damage Lauer's image as morning TV's golden boy. A rep for the couple told Rush & Molloy that the pair is "not divorcing." It's unclear why Lauer had a change of heart and withdrew her petition.

Jessica Hooks Up with John Mayer

If a secret hotel tryst is any indication, Jessica Simpson and John Mayer appear to be making sweet music together, despite past protestations to the contrary. TMZ spies spotted Simpson and Mayer at the tony Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills last week. There's been considerable buzz about the story, and several reports suggested that it couldn't be so. Now, other sources have come forward saying that TMZ is right on the money.

Here's how it went down: Mayer was the first to arrive at the hotel's bar, and he actually chatted up one of our spies and asked her upstairs to "talk." She declined. Not long after, Jessica arrived and made a beeline for her friend and musical collaborator Romeo Antonio, who was sitting at a table. When Antonio subsequently hit the boys' room, Mayer was there and asked if any romance existed between Antonio and Jessica. Apprised that there was not, Mayer then returned to the bar, talked to Simpson for about ten minutes, and then the two left the bar together and disappeared into an elevator. They were never seen again -- that night, at least.

Don't Mess with Brangelina

At least, that's the message after their bodyguard allegedly manhandled a photographer who was waiting for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie outside their hotel in Pune, India, where she's shooting scenes from the forthcoming film about slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It all went down Saturday afternoon, according to the Associated Press, when Pitt and Jolie were leaving their hotel, the Le Meridien. A British photographer was trying to snap shots of the couple, and that's when their bodyguard reportedly attacked. He grabbed the photog by the neck and started yelling at him-and it was all caught on tape by Indian television. "I couldn't breathe. He had his fingers on my windpipe and he knew what he was doing," the photographer told the Hindustan Times. That'll teach him to mess with Brangelina, no doubt.

Moss Kicks Doherty Back into Rehab

Amid reports that his girlfriend Kate Moss was not happy with his drug-addled ways, Pete Doherty has entered rehab once again and called off the remainder of his British tour with his band Babyshambles. Photos surfaced of the singer looking, well, very disheveled the other night, and reports said that he had been kicked out of Moss's house half-naked at 3:30 in the morning after the two got in a huge fight. Here's hoping that this latest round of rehab will finally set Doherty's ship straight.

Party Favors: Madge's Adoption Mystery, K-Fed's Acting Debut, "Trek" Model Ship Gets Over $500K at Auction

Madonna visited yet a third orphanage in Malawi on Friday, fueling more speculation that she's planning to adopt a child from the impoverished African country, despite her publicist's denials ... Kevin Federline makes his acting debut this week on "CSI," on an episode called "Fannysmackin'." (If only we were making this up.) He plays a teenage thug who harasses investigators while they work ... Yes, Captain, they are insane: A Star Trek fanatic purchased the 78-inch model of the Starship Enterprise used in the title sequence and pilot of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for $576,000 at a Christie's auction Saturday. The sell-off of all kinds of Star Trek memorabilia, including set pieces and costumes, raked in more than $7 million.


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i love jessica and kaTE MOSS!!!!!Kate is a very strong woman for having the drug fallout and still remains one of our top trendsetters not to mention she is breathtakingly beautiful---same thing with jessica. I love them both!!!!

2893 days ago


Jessica and Angelina are dirty filthy whores for doing it without being married.

2938 days ago


If Matt Lauer dropped off the face of the earth, I wouldn't notice, I find him completely void of personality. Seems to me that he's one of those people that rather dislikes his job or tiring of the same 'ole, but shows up since he realizes he's marginally talented, and where else would he make that kind of money? Who gives a rats about his marriage, people just don't care about his tired act anymore.

2938 days ago


It looked like the ratzy was messing with the bodyguard , when will they ever learn.

2938 days ago

Alyn Brodsky    

That Brangelina are the foremost white trash running round the Dark Continent. And as for that Doherty garbage, they should throw him into a cage instead of into rehab. The Maven has spoken .

2938 days ago


Bet he is a homo. I bet he loves manjuices. No doubt the boy has a gay lover on the side!

2938 days ago


I agree with These Days. Matt Lauer seems to me that he thinks of himself highly and as if difficult to work with, never has a nice thing to say about anyone. His career is a yawn!!!! I can't get past his uptight ass and that photo of him on the beach was beastly. I often see him "dismiss" others; imagine what his wife has to live with.

2938 days ago

They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Jessicia is hooking up with half of hollywood.Has she been at Hydes?,maybe she can be the new ride at Hydes,Paris is way to easy to ride,they need new exciting rides,Jessicia would be a new deal,the only things is ,is she on the list?I think she wouldnt have any problem being on the list,only thing she has to do is punch Paris in her hook nose,or screw shanna old boyfreind.Paris is a skank,and sounds like Jessicia isnt far behind,if you now what im saying,BEHIND,ANAL,skank

2938 days ago

Collin D.    

Hey TMZ I don't think anyone really cares about Matt Lauer same with Katie Couric or Merideth whatever there just stupid news anchors. I want to hear about Paris getting punched in the face at Hydes

2938 days ago

Lenn K    

Kate Moss is playing with fire and if she don't kick this loser to the curb she'll be at the curb with him. Matt Lauer is in a tough business and it's all about the image.

2938 days ago


love jessica simpson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2938 days ago


The posters who talk bad about Paris Hilton must be smelling themselves,and they are the dirty filty whores with STDs.

2938 days ago


i'll definitely be tuning in to watch some "fannysmackin"! thanks, tmz!!!

2938 days ago


Angelina,Kate,Jessica - these women are all whores for having sex out of wedlock and they are no doubt full of diseases. Everyone in Hollywood must be passing around the same bugs, gross.

2938 days ago


Having sex out of wedlock is best way to do it.

Fundamentalist Christians are missing out on all the fun.

God Bless America.

2938 days ago
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