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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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46.

LindaJay    

Perhaps Matt can find more meaningful work BEHIND the camera. I don't want to see him anymore. Yeah, give him anoher raise and put him out of sight. Evil self.

520 days ago
47.

Phoenicks    

I'm not sure where Matt Lauer lives, but if it's on Long Island, the excuse of "spend time with kids because they're off from school" is probably bogus, because most schools out here are open this week (thanks Hurricane Sandy).

520 days ago
48.

MAX    

he's like a hemorrhoid when it's finally gone you dont want it back

520 days ago
49.

Mrugowsky    

Hopefully he's in Davy Jones locker but we should be so lucky.

520 days ago
50.

Nancy    

I don't watch any one of those 3 stations anymore. I watch channel 5. Greg Kelly is just the fun I need to get me going in the morning. Despite his indiscretion last year. (That was very disappointing). He's smart, funny and not bad on the eyes. Glad he's back in the mornings.

520 days ago
51.

Sam Sunshine     

It's to late to do anything. If you bring back fired talent or if you fire Matt, the damage has been done. No matter what they do, the viewers are long gone and their not looking back. This is what happens when people get complacent and play god!

520 days ago
52.

PureRadiance    

No loss!!!!

520 days ago
53.

InkedUpGirl    

Willie is a ZILLION times better than Matt. Id rather watch him!! Matt can go take a perma vaca!

520 days ago
54.

jeff    

Actually, he did the same thing last year...during school break, which is also during February sweeps.

520 days ago
55.

BellaJ    

I've been over this pompos ass for years. The final straw was reading that he was behind Ann's firing. Whot the fvck does he think he is, God?! He's a balding, pencil dick and I cannot stand him!

520 days ago
56.

pat    

Soon,


he'll be able to spend all the time he wants with his kids.

520 days ago
57.

Madelyn    

Matt knows his number is up and he doesn't care. I quit watching "Today" when they got rid of Ann Curry. ABC's "Good Morning America" is a lot more interesting and you can tell the host truly like each other!

520 days ago
58.

Liz085    

Matt Lauer Sucks!

520 days ago
59.

Metamerist    

Meredith V left Matt her legacy of how to leave earlier than anyone else, take at least one day off a week and manage about 12 weeks of vacation per year. Nice work if you can get it!

520 days ago
60.

Piaso    

He just needs to go, period. The only one with any class on the Today show is Al Roker. Then here are the two winos, what clown thought that up? Like many I am going to ABC. NBC blew any chance when they opted to get rid of Ann and kept the creep.

520 days ago
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