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Matt Lauer -- Pulling a Britney with Thijs?

12/10/2007 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

He gave Britney Spears a hard time for driving with her son in her lap -- but Matt Lauer did something similar this weekend in New York, though he wasn't breaking the law.


TMZ cameras caught Lauer with wife Annette and son Thijs outside the Marc Jacobs store in SoHo on Saturday, with Lauer holding his son on his lap as his SUV took off. No car seat in sight.

Back in June of 2006, Lauer quizzed Britney in that infamous "Today" sit-down, and asked her why should would ever drive with her son in her lap -- pointing out how much negative press she got from the incident.

Britney Spears: Click to watchFor the record, unlike Brit, Lauer was in the backseat with his child and not behind the wheel. According to New York's Taxi & Limousine Commission, the child does not have to have a car seat because hired cars are exempt.

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1.

Tangie    

What is the kids name?!?

2511 days ago
2.

Wicked    

Oh so what. That bitch wife of his threatened to leave him after the first born. She proceeds to have 2 more kids. She has Matt wrapped now. She is such a freak, so jealous of any woman Matt looks at. Big mistake marrying that POS Matt...BIG MISTAKE.

2511 days ago
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rock I.Q    

what a jerk -off. that is so messed up, I hope the press rips him one for this.. nah he is not britney spears. maybe it will just go away quietly like all the other celebs in bad positions with the kids... we only will judge Britney's mishaps..

2511 days ago
4.

Kris    

I do believe his name is pronounced (Thee-is) Thijs

2511 days ago
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diana    

People should really let him have it ,or better yet social services should be called on this man. Everyone needs to be accountable for there own actions. What would had happen if they were in a car crash.

2511 days ago
6.

CTMom    

'he wasn't breaking the law.'-- Actually, in NYS it is required for all children under the age of 5 years to be in a car seat/booster seat...Who knows...maybe the baby seat is in the 3rd row of the Suburban & they just wanted to get the hell off the street & into the car..
It's not like he's DRIVING with the kid on his lap

2511 days ago
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CTMom    

I believe the correct pronunciation is TICE

2511 days ago
8.

BLINKING !!    

Why isnt anyone screaming about not putting the CHILD IN A CAR SEAT.???? It cracks me up how some CELEBRITIES can do things and no one says anything..but others do it..and it's all about calling the COPS, THE COMMISH, THE MEDIA...can we say DOUBLE STANDARDS !!!!!!!

2511 days ago
9.

Whatever    

How do you pronounce that name? THIS? Is the J silent? Weirdo's!

2511 days ago
10.

noitall    

THIS GUY IS A "marvey milk toast"..............He just likes saying, "My wife is Dutch!" (That's where all the strange names come from.) WHO CARES !?!

2511 days ago
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his fav brunette    

so.....let me guess.....hired cars are idestructable??? i mean, my friend died in the backseat of a car just like that after she went crashing through the windshield from not wearing a seat belt. i would hate to see what would happen to a baby!!! good job matt......way to contradict yourself. i woud LOVE to interview him.

2511 days ago
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KayKay    

This video doesn't show much, it just imply's a lot. There very well could have been a car seat next to where Matt was sitting and he probably was about to put his son in the seat, but TMZ didn't show that part.

2511 days ago
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Glisten Garbor    

I don't like this anchor guy Lauer or the other anchor guy Charlie Gibson..

2511 days ago
14.

Melissa    

His wife is Scandinavian, I think, hence the unusual sounding (to American ears) name.

The kid would be tossed about just as much if a hired car was in an accident. I don't see what the difference is between your own car and a hired car. Matt should know better. He doesn't seem like he's as much of an idiot as Britney. But I guess he's just a himbo.

2511 days ago
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anonymous    

It's not like he's DRIVING with the kid on his lap

Posted at 3:23PM on Dec 10th 2007 by Shlee

WTF Are you kidding !! who cares he is breaking the law and putting his kid in danger not having him in a car seat whether he is driving or not...that's why we have laws !!! to protect our kids...

2511 days ago
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