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Matt Lauer

Matthew "Matt" Todd Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC's The Today Show since 1997. He was previously a news anchor in New York and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. He was also host of PM Magazine (or "Evening Magazine" 1980-1986) and worked for ESPN in the 1980s as a sideline reporter. In the early 1990s, Lauer hosted segments of HBO Entertainment News. He was born in New York City, New York, the son of Marilyn Kolmer, a boutique owner, and Jay Robert Lauer, a bicycle-company executive. Lauer is of Romanian descent on his father's side, as seen on the Today Show's "Finding Our Roots." His parents divorced during his youth, and his father died in 1997. Lauer had become co-host of The Today Show replacing longtime host Bryant Gumbel in early 1997, not long before his father's death. In 1999, both Lauer and his cohost Katie Couric initially resisted participation in Today's proposed series about their family roots. The series turned out to be a hit, and Lauer was moved by what he learned about his immigrant ancestors. "My dad was Jewish. My mom is not. So I was not raised anything.

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Matt Lauer -- Un-Vailed in Colorado

Matt Lauer
Un-Vailed in Colorado

TMZ now knows where in the world Matt Lauer is ... skiing his face off in Vail.As we previously reported ... Matt took the week off from "Today" to spend time with his kids ... smack in the middle… READ MORE >

'Today' -- Where In the World Is Matt Lauer ... Seriously

'Today'
Where In the World Is Matt Lauer ... Seriously

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… READ MORE >

- 422 days ago
Matt Lauer -- People Are Screaming At Me On the Streets

Matt Lauer
People Are Screaming Bad Things At Me!!!

Matt Lauer is "freaked out" that people -- and lots of them -- have been screaming at him on the streets of Manhattan, calling him names and blaming him for the demise of Ann Curry.Network sources… READ MORE >

- 477 days ago
Al Roker -- The Babbling Audio You Weren't Supposed to Hear

Al Roker
The Babbling Audio You Weren't Supposed to Hear

Al Roker seems to be a happy camper on the "Today" show ... despite the alleged tension between himself and Matt Lauer ... and the proof lies in an audio clip the public wasn't supposed to hear.… READ MORE >

- 582 days ago
Matt Lauer -- There is NO BEEF with Al Roker

Matt Lauer
There is NO BEEF With Al Roker

Matt Lauer does NOT believe Al Roker is trying to sabotage the "Today" show ... despite his crazy antics ... telling TMZ that any talk of a riff between Al and the show is nothing more than a… READ MORE >

- 583 days ago
Al Roker -- Search and Destroy Mission Against 'Today'

Al Roker
Search & Destroy Mission Against 'Today' Show

Al Roker is doing everything he can to undermine the "Today" show ... trashing the anchors, sabotaging live moments ... and it seems to be a part of a plan to avenge the firing of his bestest… READ MORE >

- 603 days ago
Al Roker -- Did You Just Call Out Matt Lauer???

Al Roker
Did You Just Call Out Matt Lauer??

Things just got awkward on live TV ... with Al Roker seemingly calling out Matt Lauer for railroading Ann Curry off of the "Today" show. Here's what happened -- Al, Matt and Savannah Guthrie were… READ MORE >

- 610 days ago
Savannah Guthrie Officially Co-Anchor on 'Today' -- Matt Lauer Gets Anchor Wood

Savannah Guthrie
Officially Co-Anchor, Lauer Gets Anchor Wood

Call it morning (show) wood ... but Matt Lauer was SOOOO excited about introducing Savannah Guthrie as his new "Today" show co-anchor ... he could barely sit still. With a giant "Thank god Ann… READ MORE >

- 648 days ago
Savannah Guthrie Officially Named 'Today' Co-Anchor

Savannah Guthrie
Officially Named 'Today' Co-Anchor

It's official -- NBC just announced Savannah Guthrie is the new co-anchor of "Today."As TMZ first reported, Savannah was a lock to replace Ann Curry, who had fallen out of favor with both NBC… READ MORE >

- 658 days ago
'Today' Show -- Savannah Guthrie in Ann Curry's Chair, But No Official Announcement

'Today' Show
Savannah in Ann's Chair, But Mum's the Word

Savannah Guthrie was alongside Matt Lauer on "Today" this morning … in the barely-cold chair that once belonged to Ann Curry ... but producers wussed out on making it official.In… READ MORE >

- 658 days ago

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