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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.

204 COMMENTS

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91.

Ok    

Ever since i saw matt lauer shirtless i've had the hots for him. he is toned.

2906 days ago
92.

Black Sheep    

Hey Matt. Let her go. She was a bitch when you met her and she's only gotten bitchier with age. And don't pay any attention to Saint Hoover. Gays think ALL men are gay.

2906 days ago
93.

amanda    

JESSICA NEEDS TO GET A LIFE. SHE NEEDS TO MOVE ON WITH HER LIFE AND QUIT GOING ON THE REBOUND WITH EVERYONE SHE COULD POSSIBLLY GET HER HANDS ON. ALSO ANGELINA IS NOTHING BUT A MAN STEALING WHORE. ALL SHE WANTED WAS TO GET HANDS ALL OVER BRAD SO HIM AND JENNIFER CAN GET DIVORCED SHE IS SO NASTY.

2906 days ago
94.

karine    

I have my own mess to deal wit I dont really care abo
ut M att Lauer or Jessics Or Brangelina I wish I have the kind the money and fame they have.You people in Americe need to focus on more important things in not these stupid Hollywoo
d stories ,The rest of the world is starving children are dying
dying they have no food ,no medical help .what dont we try to help them like Brangelina are doing I gave them a lot of cre
dits and respects for helping the poor.Let,s focus on taht instead.

2906 days ago
95.

Black Sheep    

Question for #1 (Thesedays): What do YOU contribute to the world? I mean, other than solid waste.

2906 days ago
96.

Soveaire37    

These Days,

You sound jealous of a man who has probably accomplished much more than you ever will during your lifetime. Void of personality?? Please! I enjoy watching Matt Lauer on the Today's Show. I just wish Katie Curik was still there. I think, they made a great team!

For the sake of the children, I hope their marriage does last. However, if it's doomed to failure it's best both of them get out while they are still young enough to find somebody they can love.

2906 days ago
97.

Miss.Hollywood    

I agree.

2906 days ago
98.

CLP    

I think everyone here needs to stop criticizing celebraties lives...they are just doing what all humans would do....and all humans make mistakes....and i think if matt lauer is getting separated from his wife thats his love life why should that have anything to do with his work....

2906 days ago
99.

Watchingitall    

The problem with this bit of entertainment is NBC tried to convince us that they had the down to earth people. GO WISH. Katie was done as quick as she made the top job. Matt is tired of the same CONTROL. Would you want to work in a job that made you subpress the REAL NEWS, only to report what you are told to?

2906 days ago
100.

Louis    

I think Matt Lauer has a sexy chest...But I'm into hair!

2906 days ago
101.

Maddie    

Why not leave a person's personal life to themselves?
It's no one's business if Matt L's divorcing, or who
Jessica S is sleeping with. I'm sure if the shoe was
on the other foot, we wouldn't want our lives in the
press for all to read.. The media has gotten out of
control, & take the freedom of speech & press WAY
to far.

2906 days ago
102.

MILDRED    

i think matt lauers marriage wont last becasue of katie couric. she should hve never been anchor for cbs she wants andyou can tell she wants matt. she could not keep her hands off him or being near him the last show she was on today or whateverthename of it. its disgusting to have her on c bs

2906 days ago
103.

Linda    

How come there's never a choice in the voting of "I don't give a rat's ass."

2906 days ago
104.

Spooky    

Matt Lauer, has the personality of a door knob. He gets off on trying (the operative word) to make everyone look bad when in truth it only himself that looks bad. NBC needs to wake up and smell the coffee. The boy needs to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

2906 days ago
105.

Jill    

I say, after much thought and deliberation, that I completely agree with YourMom.

2906 days ago
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