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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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46.

David    

BEING A CELEBRITY CAN RUN YOUR LIFE AND IT 'S BETTER TO STAY AWAY FROM HOLLYWOOD . THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRIVATE LIFE . ONCE YOU ARE A CELEBRITY , YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CELEBRITY WHETHER YOU ARE FAMOUS OR NOT ,SO STAY AWAY FROM THE MEDIA AND ALL THAT .

2915 days ago
47.

Christi    

When one reads comments about Matt Lauer posted by others, one can't help but be dismissive when such language is used to discribe personal emotion. Give me a break, how can we judge a TV reporter when we can't even express our concerns with proper language? In addition, he seems to be crazy about his kids and a very involved Dad. No child should have to endure a messy divorce. My vote is that they will work it out.

2915 days ago
48.

Paula    

I really don't care about Matt Lauer or anyone on Today. They are all into themselves and thinks their s;;;;; don't stink. They start out nice enough and then follow the mold of NBC from Today to the 6:00 News, to late-night. I have no use for any of them. That's why I never watch Today. Have to keep my life light and free.

2915 days ago
49.

Steve    

I truly think Matt Lauer is the greatest news reporter of the decade. He's one of the reputably hardest workers out there, extremely articulate, quite humorous in his own classy way, and pound for pound the best of the morning circuit since Walter Cronkite. If you ask me, CBS chose the wrong person for anchor....should have been Matt.

I think it's tragic to break up a family, and I do think this unit will hold together (at least I hope so). Nobody wants kids to live without a cohesive unit.

2915 days ago
50.

Vicki Crump    

I agree with Angie, Saved,and The Maven, somewhat. Most all of Hollywood has the morals of an alleycat. Take their money away from them and they would all fit right in a trailor Park. (trashy) I have yet to see many with real class. The bottom Line - -I totaly agree with yourMom: ALL IGNORANT. Grandmom

2915 days ago
51.

patrick fealey    

pete doherty is an amateur. he's a kid with money enough to get the drugs, but he doesn't know what to do with them. in the rolling stone profile, he comes off like an ass who fears what it is he pretends to be. let me do some coke. let me do some crack. let me sniff some heroin. let me have a drink. i live on skid row and i know addicts. i myself kicked heroin and coke (seperate periods), though not alcohol. if doherty wants to party for real, he could start with speedballs instead of dicking around with this and that and parading himself as the so tortured, yet unkillable rock star. he's a kid who's made himself a joke by partying in a most calculatedly safe way.

2915 days ago
52.

Anna Marnelle    

HOLLYWOOD'S A MESS...AMERICA'S A MESS...THE WORLD'S A MESS!!!

GOD, HELP US ALL! prayer'sthething

2915 days ago
53.

marty    

Why all the Matt haters? What's he done to you? And I'm wondering Jasmine, what was so "beastly" about the beach picture of Matt and his daughter?

2915 days ago
54.

Donna    

Who gives a sh*t about Paris or Jessica or whatever their names are!
There are more important things happening around the world than the above trash.

2915 days ago
55.

Deadhead    

you all are wild and crazy

2915 days ago
56.

Joanna    

Why is Paris Hilton's face all over the welcome screen??? She has no talent. No one even heard of her until the porno tapes. Does Mummy pay you all to keep her in the lime light??

2915 days ago
57.

Steven    

I think the media make too big of a deal about the lives of the people on television. They are just people that are over paid for what they do and most have a big head and feel they are better than those that watch and make them who they are. Without the fans or viewers those people are just ordinary middle class citizens.

2915 days ago
58.

jan    

Who really cares about the personal lives of any of the mentioned people? Regarding Matt Lauer, he has a job to do, and I think he announces the news in a professional manner, which is all I care about. As far as the women mentioned, they seem to be out having sex and fun, and someday it will end, let's just hope it isn't with AIDS.

2915 days ago
59.

maia    

matt keep you head high your wife looks evil
you have always a big heart and love people
it is time for your freedom!!!!!!!!!! GOD takes care of his children.

2915 days ago
60.

Steve    

There= location, e.g. "I parked over there"
Their= Ownership or posession, e.g. "I visited their house"
They're= a contraction for "they are"

"Could care less" implies a person who cares, but could care less.
"Couldn't care less" is means your degree of concern is at its absolute low

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