Where in the world is Matt Lauer? At this exact moment I’m not sure, but I know where he will be. TVLine is reporting that The Today Show host will be appearing as himself in an upcoming episode of USA’s hit series Royal Pains.
The episode, titled “Ta Da For,” finds Lauer attempting to vacation in the Hamptons — though Evan’s (Paulo Constanzo) incessant pestering for a Today profile on HankMed makes relaxing difficult for the daytime TV staple.
Royal Pains' season premiere aired June 29.
Rumors of Matt Lauer doing a talk show with ex-Today Show host Katie Couric are greatly exaggerated. Deadline reports that Lauer addressed the rumors at a press conference, admitted that there had been some talks, but ultimately a talk show between the two was not in the works. From Lauer:
"We certainly spoke about the possibility, but we’ve talked about a lot of possibilities over the years. It turned into just talk. And that’s where we left it. It’s not going to happen.”
If Katie Couric’s departure from CBS was Hollywood’s worst kept secret, then Meredith Vieira’s intention to leave The Today Show was a close second. Vieira announced her decision to leave Today in June, this morning.
“After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I’ve decided to leave Today in June.”
After Vieira revealed her decision, Matt Lauer announced Ann Curry will be joining him as co-host. After speaking poignantly to Meredith, Curry revealed Natalie Morales will replace her as newsreader. Watch the clip after the jump! READ MORE
Where in the world is Matt Lauer? For the moment, he's on the Today Show, but according to The Wall Street Journal, it looks like viewers might find him at a new location or time slot sometime soon. Reportedly, Lauer and his former co-host Katie Couric have discussed reuniting on a daytime talk show. Lauer is contracted with Today through the end of 2012, but:
A deal with Mr. Lauer might be more possible if Ms. Couric ends up doing her proposed syndicated show through NBC parent NBCUniversal, because Mr. Lauer could potentially continue in some form on "Today," said one person familiar with the matter. NBCUniversal is among the contenders for Ms. Couric's daytime show, that person and others have said.
Watch a behind-the-scenes clip of Meredith Vieira kicking Matt Lauer in the "peppercorns" after the jump.