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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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61.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

#3 NBC knows Matt has become a reviled douche bag who is killing Today's ratings and they want him to take a nice long vaca for sweeps week!

609 days ago
62.

CLINT    

ML is an overpaid windbag who actually thinks he is worth the money they pay him. I would rather read a newspaper than listen to his egotistic ass for one minute.

609 days ago
63.

Cheri    

Where ever you are PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay there,

609 days ago
64.

Rob    

Who cares? When I am channel surfing and see his arrogant puss I just keep on flippin! Merideth Vierra has more class and brains in her little toe than that creep has in his entire body. Katy Kouric was a perfect match for him. She's as much of a creep as he is. Urrrrrrrgggh both of them!

609 days ago
65.

Gunrob    

Matt Lauer is not a weapon...he's a tool! We miss you, Ann.

609 days ago
66.

fanboymagazine    

More like "Who the **** cares where Matt Lauer is?" and that it happened on the return of ABC's Robin Roberts smacks as odd timing.

609 days ago
67.

Gigohead     

So happy to see Robin Roberts this morning! It was a joyous welcome! She is deserving of the attention!

609 days ago
68.

edd    

the people at nbc should watch the today show and see how matt comes across..if they did they would be looking for a replacement for the bald headed long nose.

609 days ago
69.

ju    

wherever the hell he is he can stay he is a arogent idiot that gets paid to much to sit and cross his legs an discuss unimpotant issues he is a jerk its better without him on the show

609 days ago
70.

DaveT    

What's in the aluminum foil? Corn? Bread?

608 days ago
71.

Jendid    

Who cares if he ever comes back he is a spoiled little boy and should be sent home for good. Get someone nice for the show and maybe I will watch it again
'Great Robin is back

608 days ago
72.

Jendid    

Who cares if he ever comes back he is spoiled little boy and should be sent home for good

608 days ago
73.

PM    

He's jumped the shark - is creepy and arrogant - and so unaccessible to the normal viewing public. He use to host "Runaway with the RIch & Famous" - which is where he needs to go now.

597 days ago
74.

mike    

Exactly how much vacation time does he get? It seems like he is off every Friday as well.

581 days ago
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