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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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16.

Mikey    

With out Matt how will we know how to cook chicken and what knapsack and shoes are available for purchase.

524 days ago
17.

Luvbunny    

We don't care either. Next!

524 days ago
18.

jill    

maybe he realized what an a$$hole he is and left.... but I doubt his ego would let him quit.

524 days ago
19.

nan    

I just think thye know how unpopular he is right now..He reminds me of his best beddy Bryant Gumbel..He was an arrogant jerk too , who treated his guests like he could barely tolerate them
I remember when they gave Conrad Murray a platform to insult the man he left alone to die, all for the almighty ratings.
I havent watched that show since

524 days ago
20.

Rusty Shackleford    

Good Riddance.

524 days ago
21.

tracker    

IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN HOW HEARTWARMING/EMOTIONAL ,WATCHING ROBIN'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN THIS MORNING..IT DID SHINE A BIG LIGHT ON THE DISRESPECT NBC SHOWS FOR THEIR STAFF.LOVELY ANN WAS JUST TREATED LIKE TRASH..AS ROBIN SAID IT'S UNHEARD OF A COMPANY GIVING OPEN ENDED MEDICAL LEAVE WITH THE PROMISE THAT MY JOB WOULD BE HERE WAITING..AND THAT WAS A BIG PART OF MY RECOVERY..MATT WHATEVER.....

524 days ago
22.

tgrfan42069    

so thats why roberts rushed her return.it isnt a feel good story.the network wanted ratings and are using her cancer and what not as a ploy for ratings.

524 days ago
23.

FLO    

He want to be able to tell NBC that the numbers were so low because he was away, when everyone is watching Robing Roberts return on ABC

524 days ago
24.

dathan    

He is to busy throwing Ann Curry under the Bus again....

524 days ago
25.

Steve    

He is too busy snorting coke off of his neighbors wives bungholios.

524 days ago
26.

Truth    

NO 1 CURR!!!! BESIDES, THE WHOLE POINT OF DITCHING THE BALD HEADED F*CK IS TO SEE IF THE RATINGS GO UP WITHOUT HIM. AHHHH, GENIUS!! #TRUTH!!

524 days ago
27.

Marilyn    

Stay home, your not wanted anymore.

524 days ago
28.

Sapphiegirl    

I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!!!

524 days ago
29.

DaveT    

3. Lauer is taking the week off because he wants to spend time with his kids, who are off from school ;)

524 days ago
30.

NormalGuy    

Mattt sucks, bring back Ann!

524 days ago
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