Broadcast journalist Matt Lauer, who signed a new multi-million dollar deal last week to continue his hosting duties on the "Today" show, led The Hollywood Reporter list of the 35 Most Powerful People in Media.
The Hollywood Reporter talked with the veteran newsman about his former "Today" co-host Katie Couric, current co-host Ann Curry -- and life beyond "Today."
Host Matt Lauer re-signed his deal with NBC's "Today," cementing his spot at the number one morning show for an amazing 800 weeks in a row!
The NBC morning host made this announcement Friday on the program, saying, "This is my family, this is my show... let's keep going."
"Today" host Matt Lauer has committed to a new multiyear contract with NBC News, reports the NY Times.
Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, confirmed with the Times Thursday that Lauer had signed what he called "a long-term deal" to continue on the "Today" show.
During the "Today" show Wednesday morning, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest revealed he will be joining NBC to help cover the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The conversation shifted when host Matt Lauer asked Ryan, "What kind of conversations" he's had with NBC about joining "Today." "Oh, they didn't tell you?" The conversations were about "filling in to do the weather," Seacrest joked. Lauer chimed in, "Can I say something? I think you'd be great at this job."
Seacrest revealed, "The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! network. The first assignment will be to join the primetime team for the Olympics on NBC."
When asked about his plans for "American Idol," the busiest man in show business said, "I plan to stay there," adding that the deal isn't "quite there."
"Extra" friend and billionaire Donald Trump talked about the shocking death of Whitney Houston, telling AJ Calloway, "I knew Whitney very well. I went to their wedding. She was a great woman."
"Today" show host Matt Lauer will reportedly reconsider leaving the NBC show after his contract ends in December, if the network gives him a significant pay increase... to the tune of $30M?!
According to TMZ, the negotiations are currently in the works, but if NBC agrees, Lauer could earn as much as $30 million a year. He is currently taking home $17 million, which means the $30-million payout would give him a whopping 76 percent pay raise.
"Survivor" host Jeff Probst married Lisa Ann Russell on Monday, in what was reported as "an intimate ceremony at a private Los Angeles residence." Russell, 40, was previously married to actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar and shares custody of their two children.
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"Today" co-host Matt Lauer embarks on his 10th week-long trip in a segment called "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?"
Beginning Monday, Matt's big adventure kicks off with the journalist hitting five mystery cities in five days. Lauer did give a clue about his trip, based on the clothing he plans to wear, saying, "I won't be wearing a bathing suit on day one. There will probably be a parka sometime during the week."