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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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31.

pete zerrea    

oh matt if nobody wants you .then I"ll take unto my royal bosom and hug and play with you and call you my friend George

2935 days ago
32.

jenny    

people get seperated and divorced all the time. like anyone gives a honk if matt lauer is getting along with his old lady. if anything, it makes him seem more human and no so todayshowish. and jessica simpson looks like a tard with a jaw like bill cowher. lord help him if john mayer ever went near that walking STD.

2935 days ago
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CATHY JONES    

WHAT IS THE HOPLA ALL ABOUT? ALL PEOPLE HAVE PERSONAL PROBLEMS. IT IS ONLY THE JERKS OUT THERE THAT MAKE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE LOOK BAD.
I THINK MATT IS A GOOD PERSON, AND THE PUBLIC SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT.

2935 days ago
34.

Karen    

Angelina Jolie is white trash ! Jennifer Anniston is better looking and an all around better person...Brad will get his in the end. It would be like Ben Affleck marring J.... pass me around one more time LO.

2935 days ago
35.

CONNIE SOTOMAYOR    

LEAVE JESSICA AND ANGELINA ALONE, ALL YOU GUYS SUCK

2935 days ago
36.

Karen    

Jessica Simpson really screwed up when she listened to her dumb ass Dad and got rid of Nick the hottie Lachey.

2935 days ago
37.

gary hunter    

PARIS, JESSICA AND ANGELINA WILL END UP ASAS TRAILER TRASH WITH IN 10 YEARS

2935 days ago
38.

claudia    

who cares? doesn't anyone have a real life to worry about??? go get laid, fall in love, play with your kid. get over it!

2935 days ago
39.

Rod Snarffe    

ITs all show biz baloney. Lauer was rumored long ago to have a babe on the side. He has the personality of a brick, and is totally in love with himself. His wife ought to leave him and find someone worthy of her

2935 days ago
40.

Voice of Reason    

It seems to me that we should only believe a tenth of what we read about celebrities. Some, like Jessica Simpson, and Paris Hilton (if you could call her a celeb, I call her a talentless tramp getting by on her name and sexual prowess) are attention whores stemming from being incredibly insecure. IF Jessica Simpson is sleeping around (ie: John Mayer, Bam Marguera, Johnny Knoxville, etc...) it's just plain sad. When she first started out she was this pure little hick from Texas, now she's overexposed, mediocre talent getting by on her boobs and blonde hair, not her true talent. Christian virtues? I think she abandoned them. While I don't believe in organized religion, those who do need to practice what they have preached.

Personally I think we should boycott the likes of Hilton, Simpson, Lohan, Barton and the other twenty-something attention whores. And while we boycott stick them all in an inpatient psych facility for three months for intense therapy and call it a reality show.

2935 days ago
41.

Anna    

Leave Matt alone.I hope their marriage will make it .Its hard being in the spot light.Some people really care about the news people. Matt is a good guy.anna

2935 days ago
42.

max    

MATT SHOULD LET A FANTASTIC CREATIVE NAKED MALE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHER GET HIM SEEN .BEAUTIFUL BUTT NAKED PHOTOGRAPHY.WWW.CREATIVEMUSCLESHOTS.COM [XXX ADULTS ONLY XXX]

2935 days ago
43.

Joneser    

Ive always thought Matt Lauer was a fudge packer I bet his wife smelled something funny on his wee wee and thats why she is saying Im Outa here!!!

2935 days ago
44.

Thomas    

How can such a good looking man as Matt Lauer end up with such a ugly woman for a wife. He is just better off without her and better off with me.............

2935 days ago
45.

Michelle    

Matt Lauer is a news anchor, doesn't it really matter to the people of the country if he does get divorced. Not really. When are people going to realize that people in hollywood do the same things and non hollywooders. Get over yourselves. You don't know any of these people personally and all you are doing is trashing them. Maybe Matt Lauer is very personable off camera and his wife is the wench. Maybe Kate Moss hopes that she can change her addictive boyfriend. Maybe Brad and Angelina are just who we need in this world to help children-Just because people have sex without being married doesn't make them dirty filthy or whores

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