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'Today'

Where In the World

Is Matt Lauer ... Seriously

2/20/2013 8:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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9:15 AM PT -- Sources connected with NBC tell TMZ, "Matt took this exact same week off last year and the year before. And other anchors have taken off in Sweeps months before."

12:30 PM PT -- FOUND YOU!

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The "Today" show needs all the firepower it can muster to blunt the return of Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" during the all-important February sweeps -- but NBC's biggest weapon is missing from its arsenal -- one Matt Lauer.

Sources connected with the network tell TMZ ... Lauer is taking the week off because he wants to spend time with his kids, who are off from school.

It's unheard of for a network anchor to bail during sweeps -- when ratings translate into advertising dollars.  As far as we can tell, no anchor on "Today" has ever done it.

We're hearing 2 conflicting stories as to why Lauer is MIA from "Today":

1.  NBC knows they're going to get their asses kicked with Roberts' return, and Today without Lauer is a good excuse.

2.  Matt just doesn't care anymore.

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101 COMMENTS

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1.

Carl    

If the answer is #2 then he and I are a lot alike. I don't care about the Today show either anymore.

520 days ago
2.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

...and who gives a flying f*ck, Seriously?

520 days ago
3.

Dublin2016    

May Lauer just needs to go away.... There is something about him that screams "creep"!

520 days ago
4.

Applehead    

Their classless dumping of Merideth Viera was the last straw for me. Too much happy talk, morning wine drinking, and silliness. Have switched to CBS in the morning where they act like adults.

520 days ago
5.

Ozzie X    

Maybe because his likability is low?

520 days ago
6.

Ashley     

hope he stays away...

520 days ago
7.

Spicy mag    

All of the morning show hosts are annoying bores with ice cold personalities. Only Al Roker is halfway likable. The rest need to be fired Long its the producers of these crap shows.

520 days ago
8.

Bean    

Sorry the today show doesn't listen to the viewers and look what happens. Ratings go down. Sick of matt for years. Happy for Robin but I will not be watching Good Morning America either,they are gonna run her coming back to the ground. Just like they did with her being gone. One word bored! They became the giggle group everytime they were doing a story.

520 days ago
9.

ddname1    

I see it as option #3 - he's spending time with his kids. Good for him. Can't stand the guy, but it's nice to see his priorities are straight.

520 days ago
10.

Puffy B.    

I didn't even notice he was gone until you mentioned it.

520 days ago
11.

Mikey    

Ratings would really be worst with Lauer there, so he's bailing during sweeps week so that the low rating will be blame on his absence.


Get out Lauer, nobody likes you, NOBODY! - LOL

520 days ago
12.

NOT ELMO    

Fire Matt Lauer, Nobody watches that Show because of Him, He is NOT important....

520 days ago
13.

Mikey    

He's gone mental and is spending the time stalking Ann Curry.

520 days ago
14.

gecko653    

I switched from channel 5 to channel 7 news because of Matt Lauer. He is too phony for me, and the glasses thing!! If you need them wear them do not be taking them on and off during interviews.

520 days ago
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Mediagirl3    

Consider that it was a smart strategy decision by the network to increase their viewership during sweeps. It is likely that more viewers will tune in because Matt is nt there. The Today Show may be hoping to bring back viewers suchas myself who stoped watching after the unfair firing of Ann Curry.

520 days ago
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