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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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31.

clive    

He take off forever and no one will miss his rude baldy.

557 days ago
32.

Kev the Realist    

Just another instance of the lacklister attitude at NBC. First, they cater to Matt Lauer and fire Ann Curry, then in a totally disrepectful slap to the face of every Ameerican, they forgo a moment of silence on 9/11 and instead put the Whore manager Chris Kraptrashian on the air for an interview. You must be kidding me. WHY would anyone watch the TODAY Show. They are in third place for a reason and have no chance of climbing back with their attitude.

557 days ago
33.

Lesley    

He is in Vail gettin his ski on! Friend took a pic who was just there.

557 days ago
34.

vixis    

I used to be an avid Today show viewer, that is until they canned Ann Curry. I went over to watching GMA and was hooked after the first week, you can tell everyone loves their job. They crack jokes about each other and I like the off the cuff remarks, it's actually a fun show to watch. And now that Robin is back, there's more reason to watch. Sorry Today, you screwed up.

557 days ago
35.

DaveT    

..."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."....
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Ah...so the implications that it had anything to do with the two-faced Robin supposedly being a threat... turned out to be pure nonsense :D

557 days ago
36.

gbp1997    

They should replace Matt with Willie. He's much better. I love the Today Show but I turn it off pretty quick when Matt is on.

557 days ago
37.

Googie    

Who give a flying fadoodle where he is? Where ever it is, he can stay there. Stopped watching when he demanded they get rid of Ann Curry. Meredith Viera probably left because of him.

557 days ago
38.

Swedeslvr    

Matt needs to just go away. He's a trouble maker and a hasbeen. I quit watching the today show because of his big head and "I'm better than everyone else" attitude!!

557 days ago
39.

Googie    

I'm not a fan of Matt, but TMZ again putting out yellow journalism writing an article indicating that Matt took off because Robin Roberts is back. IMPLYING NBC did it using his absence as an excuse for their drop in ratings. ***THEN TMZ follows up with he has taken off the same week previous years.
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TMZ IS BRINGING YELLOW JOURNALISM TO A NEW LOW.

557 days ago
40.

Parker    

Who cares about this egotistical bastard, But was wondering after not watching since Ann Curry was let go...why it was good! He wasn't on there!

557 days ago
41.

Parker    

Replace Matt with one of my farts...no one can tell the difference!

557 days ago
42.

DaveT    

Pizza on the left, popcorn on the right....what's in the aluminum foil in the middle?

557 days ago
43.

don    

Get Ann Curry back she all ways was better thay him

557 days ago
44.

nof    

Yeah, Robin Roberts-fever is sweeping the nation...


It's like the day Kennedy got shot.

557 days ago
45.

nof    

Haven't liked her since she assassinated
Chris Brown.


LIVE;


"So Chris, tell us what makes you such a RiRi-beater."


If you're gonna DO that - at least give the dude fair warning... not that he'd have gone ON if he knew.

557 days ago
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