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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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You tools    

You people are all ignorant.

2847 days ago
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C. Swartz    

MattLauer is about as objective an interviewer as an alligator - snap-snap. His interview last week with Jessica simpson----ugh! As far as Jessica simpson goes, Forrest Gump probably said it best - stupid is as ------!

2847 days ago
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EVA    

PARIS HILTON IS NOTHING BUT WHITE TRASH WITH MONEY. SHE DOESN'T USE THE MONEY FOR GOOD IN OUR COUNTRY WHICH LACKS MONEY TO HELP WITH POOR AND NEEDY. PARIS COULD CARE LESS, SHE IS A HEARTLESS JEALOUS USELESS PIECE OF CRAP.

2847 days ago
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GLORIA    

ANGELINA IS A SNAKE FOR WHAT SHE DID TO JENNIFER, IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SHE WILL LEAVE BRAD PITT. i AM SURE THAT BRAD HAS HAD MANY REGRETS AFTER LEAVING JEFFINER, BUT WILL STAY WITH ANGELINA NOW THAT SHE HAS HIS BABY. TO SOME EXTENT JENNIFER IS ALSO TO BLAME FOR PUTTING HER CARREAR BEFORE HER LOVE FOR BRAD. IT'S JUST SO SAD TO SEE HOW THIS COUPLE DOESN'T PUT SOME SHADE ON THEIR BEHAVIOR. SHE MAY LOVE THOSE CHILDREN BUT HER POWER OF EXAMPLE FOR THEM IS HORRIBLE. BRAD MADE A "BIG" MISTAKE, THIS WAS LUST NOT LOVE. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!

2847 days ago
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PN    

They should keep Matt Lauer and his wife's separation away from the media. It's really none of our business! The couple should handle it privately.

2847 days ago
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Susan    

I love to watch Matt in the mornings and am very sorry for his marital problems but I have noticed in recent weeks that he is alittle to flirty with some of the guest on the show, and if that is how he is all the time and away from the camera then no wonder his wife filed for seperation......

2847 days ago
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Sarah L.    

I never gave a rat's a** about Matt Lauer until he had that whole discussion about depression and ADHD with Tom Cruise, which led to the rest of the country hating Tom Cruise as much as I do. I will always like Matt Lauer for that. As for his personal life, I couldn't possibly care less. I wonder about all the zillions of Americans who are so involved on other people's personal lives; I barely have time to keep current on my own, let alone some celebrity who isn't even a part of my life. But that's just me.

2847 days ago
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True Romantic in Bridgeton NJ    

I sincerely hope that Matt Lauer and his wife do work there differences out and remember in the eyes of God a marriage is until death they do part.

2847 days ago
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Susie    

I think anyone that has anything negative to say about Lauer is jealous!

2847 days ago
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pete zerrea    

matt has been secretly linked to mark foley

2847 days ago
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Karen    

Who cares? These people are without feelings or remorse. Theyare either drug addicts, or only thinking of them selves. They will destroy thereown lives, and could care less. So be it.

2847 days ago
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Tammie    

This is for 'saved,' who posted on Oct. 8th.......... Having sex outside of wedlock does not make someone a whore. Having sex with someone different everytime your back hits the mattress makes you a whore...... there is a difference. You're obviously too ignorant to realize this, so I just thought I'd bring it to your attention. Thank you, oh great one, holier-than-thou.

2847 days ago
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Rose Mitchell    

I think matt is a good journalist. I think he's is personable and definitely takes control when he's i nterviewing. I didn't know he and his wife were having marital woes so I guess all you haters out there who are wishing they divorce or breakup are disappointed that the wife has withdrawn her petition for divorce. Matt hang in there.

2847 days ago
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pete zerrea    

I think matt lauer is involved with mark foley. Matt shaved his head like a girly man

2847 days ago
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Tammie    

And for Angie....... same thing. Get a life, people. You're no more perfect than anyone else is. But in any case, have a great day!!

2847 days ago
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