"Today" host Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette, are outraged over allegations that Lauer has left his family over infidelities, calling the tabloid story "a work of fiction."
"I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple," Lauer tells People.com in an interview from France, where he's been co-anchoring the NBC morning show from the Cannes Film Festival. "I have never moved out. I am not moving out. There is no truth to that."
Brittany Murphy's husband and mother sat down with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show to discuss the actress' sudden death.
"Let's set the record straight once and for all -- Brittany was not taking any medication for her mood, for anorexia," Murphy's husband Simon Monjack said. "It's utterly ridiculous that these rumors have perpetuated."
Investigators found prescription medication for depression, seizures, anxiety and pain. Monjack told Lauer his late wife used Vicoprofen and Sarafem during her menstrual cycle. "Most of the medications are mine. I suffer from seizures," Monjack declared. The screenwriter began to stutter and added, "I suffer from, you know, heart... my heart stopped on December 3rd when we landed from Puerto Rico."
Murphy's mother Sharon began to shake her head when Lauer asked about Brittany's rumored cocaine use. "It's just so horrific. She was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was a young teenager and she was terrified of anything happening to her. She never did any drugs, ever." Sharon replied.
The two also denied Brittany had any type of eating disorder. "You just need to go to her favorite restaurant, Chateau Marmont, and speak to any waiter, who would tell you that she would happily order four plates of food and eat them all," Monjack stated.
Monjack also claims Murphy's role in "Happy Feet 2" was pulled and it broke her heart. He explained, "Hollywood is a village and once you upset the villagers they talk and they gossip and they rumor. They have blood on their hands, and I hope they wash them with very hot water because of the way they treated Brittany Murphy while she was alive."
The grieving husband and mother have established The Brittany Murphy Foundation in her memory.
May the force be with the "Today Show!"
The "Today Show" crew celebrated Halloween by dressing as characters from "Star Wars" on Friday morning.
Hoda Kotb dressed as Yoda, Natalie Morales as Queen Amidala, Kathie Lee Gifford as C-3PO, Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia, Matt Lauer as Luke Skywalker, Al Roker as Han Solo and Ann Curry as Darth Vader for the annual "Halloween on the Plaza."
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas and the team at Lucasfilm helped the anchors with their costumes and provided real props from the films -- they even sent along 8-foot-tall Chewbacca!
"Extra" wants to know -- Who wore the best costume?
David Beckham chatted with Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" this morning -- and when the newsman complimented his suit, the soccer stud handed it over!
Matt showed off his suit afterward, jokingly saying, "I'm selling it on eBay." Let's hope Lauer knows a good tailor -- Beckham is roughly 6', while Matt is 5'9".
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was on the "Today Show" Friday morning to talk about a $26-billion natural gas pipeline deal for her home state, but the interview quickly turned around -- and Palin found herself defending comments she made about David Letterman and his jokes about her family.
The former beauty queen/GOP VP candidate told Matt Lauer that Letterman "crossed the line" when he joked about her daughters.
"I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country" for contributing to a culture "that says it's okay to talk about statutory rape," Palin told Matt Lauer. "It's not cool; it's not funny."
Palin's beef stems from Monday night's "Late Show," when Letterman joked that during the seventh inning of the Yankees game, Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez." Later in the week, Dave explained his jab, saying, "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl."
Palin told Lauer that Letterman's explanation was a "convenient" and "weak excuse." She criticized the "Late Night" host, saying, "No wonder such young girls, especially, have such low self-esteem in America."
In an apology, Letterman invited the Palins to be guests on his show. In response, the Governor released this statement on Thursday: "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."
"Today Show" anchor Matt Lauer won't be co-hosting the program today after an unexpected cycling encounter... with a deer?
Lauer, 51, is resting after being injured in a bike accident involving a deer, er, today. Matt reportedly flipped over his bicycle's handlebars when a deer jumped in front of him! Oh, dear!
Matt's co-anchor Meredith Vieira told viewers that Lauer "thinks the deer was hired by the competition," and jokingly added, "I hired the deer, but I said, 'Just graze him.'"
Michael Phelps is opening up for the first time about the public pot pics.
The superstar swimmer tells Matt Lauer on the "Today Show," "I knew that I'd made a mistake and a bad judgment."
Phelps, 23, doesn't deny smoking marijuana, "It was a bad mistake. I mean, we all know, you know, what you and I are talking about. It's a stupid mistake." He continued, "You know, bad judgment. And it's something that, you know, I have to, and I want to teach other people not to make that mistake."
The Olympic Gold medalist says he found out the photos existed "probably one or two days" before they were published when somebody e-mailed him about them. The photos were taken at a college party last November and published in Britain's News of the World.
"And I had no idea really what to do. You know, I knew that I'd made a mistake and made a bad judgment," he says. "And it was an awful judgment. The people I hurt, you know, is my family, clearly. My friends. The close people around me. And most importantly, the fans. And -- and, you know, I realize that that hurt a lot of people."
Phelps' endorsement deal with Kellogg's was dropped and he was investigated by a South Carolina Sheriff's department.
Michael's interview will air on the "Today Show" this morning and on "Dateline" Sunday.