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Matt Lauer responds to criticism over 'Today' interview with GM CEO Mary Barra

Matt Lauer is speaking out against criticism he received about an interview with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday’s Today show. Lauer was attacked on Twitter and online after asking Barra if she thought she could be both a good parent and a good CEO at the same time. Many thought this was an anti-feminist perspective, but the morning show anchor took to his Facebook page to clarify his questioning and that he would have asked a man the same thing.

Referencing a Forbes magazine interview in which Barra stated she had to miss her son’s junior prom after being appointed the first female CEO of a major American automotive company, Lauer wrote, “It’s an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing. A couple weeks ago, we did a series on ‘Modern Dads’ and the challenges of fatherhood today. Work-life balance was one of our focuses. It’s an important topic, one that I’m familiar with personally, and I hope we can continue the discussion.”

Something that seems to be left out in all the discussion however is that the actual interview revealed that more recalls from General Motors are a possibility for the future.

Matt Lauer extends contract with 'Today'

Today may be struggling to regain its stronghold on the morning audience, but apparently NBC still believes that Matt Lauer is the one who can help it return to the winner’s circle: The New York Times is reporting that NBC has extended the veteran newsman’s contract by a number of years.

Speculation had been rampant that Lauer would hit the road once his current deal expires in the next few months — especially given both the ribbing he took during Ann Curry’s much-publicized departure as his co-anchor and Good Morning America’s meteoric rise to No. 1. Nevertheless, NBC extended Lauer’s contract by more than two years, the NYT says.

GMA remains the most-watched morning news program, though Today has been closing the gap of late.

“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”

Lauer began at Today in 1997 and holds the record as the longest-sitting Today anchor.

Meredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas in prime time -- VIDEO

Lauer: You’re out. Vieira: You’re in.

The former Today anchor will make history Friday as the first solo woman ever to anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. She’ll be succeeding Matt Lauer, who first stepped in for ailing colleague Bob Costas earlier this week. (NBC says that though Costas’s eye infection has improved, he’s still “not quite ready to do the show.”)

“It’s so funny — I woke up this morning and I was feeling fine. And now my eyes are killing me,” Vieira joked on NBC’s morning show Friday. “I watched you guys [Lauer and Al Roker] attempt the luge. I think I’m going blind. And I’m really worried because I have to go prime time tonight.”

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2014 Olympics: Matt Lauer to fill in for infection-fighting Bob Costas -- VIDEO

The pinkos have finally won.

By that, of course, I’m referring to Bob Costas’s red-rimmed eyes — inflamed with an infection that’s plagued NBC’s lead Olympic commentator since the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Games began last week. (The infection started in Costas’s left eye and has subsequently spread to his right.)

Though Costas has soldiered on despite his ailment — even gamely downing a glass of vodka with Mary Carillo night — the Peacock announced Tuesday that the sportscaster is finally stepping aside, at least for one night. Costas will be taking the day off from coverage; Today anchor Matt Lauer will fill in for him during NBC’s primetime broadcast.

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Sarah Palin cancels 'Today' interview over Martin Bashir's comments

An NBC News source confirms that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is nixing a planned sitdown with Matt Lauer, which was to air on an upcoming episode of Today. The source adds that NBC is hoping to reschedule the interview.

According to the former governor’s Fox News colleague Howard Kurtz, Palin is still incensed about recent comments made by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir — who said Friday that Palin deserves to be defecated on for comparing the national debt to human slavery. (Bashir apologized for his “wholly unacceptable” remarks on Monday, calling them shameful, inaccurate, and “unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.)

While MSNBC suspended Up Late host Alec Baldwin after the actor shouted a gay slur at a photographer last week, it has taken no disciplinary action against Bashir — even though the latter host’s inflammatory statement was made on air.

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'Today' hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker to receive prostate exams live on air

Matt Lauer and Al Roker have done their fair share of hands-on reporting as longtime anchors of Today — and on Thursday they’ll add getting prostate exams live on the air to that list.

By having the two male hosts undergo a prostate exam, the morning show, which is also supporting the men’s health initiative No Shave November this month,  is hoping to recreate the success it saw when former co-host Katie Couric went through a colonoscopy procedure on-air back in 2000.  Nearly 6.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Couric’s live colonoscopy in March 2000.

Following the procedure administered by a doctor on set, Roker and Lauer will discuss the importance of prostate screening for men over 40.

Paula Deen will appear on 'Today' show Wednesday -- VIDEO

After canceling on the Today show Friday morning citing ‘exhaustion,’ Paula Deen will return to the morning program for an interview this Wednesday, Matt Lauer announced today.

Deen, of course, is in hot water after admitting to saying racial slurs and other offensive comments in the past, things she admitted during a deposition for a civil suit against her and her brother from a former employee, which alleges that the former employee was sexually harassed and “worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.”

On Friday, The Food Network announced it would not be renewing her contract when it expires at the end of June.

Watch the Today segment — which recaps the fallout so far and highlights the support she has from many of her fans — below: READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen cancels 'Today' interview, citing exhaustion

Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen skipped out on her scheduled Today appearance this morning, citing exhaustion, according to Matt Lauer. “We planned to have an exclusive live interview with Paula Deen this morning,” said Lauer. “She is in a difficult situation over her admission and sworn testimony she used racial slurs in the past. … We arranged an interview this morning. We agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview, only that it would be an open and candid exchange. … She got on a plane and arrived in New York City last night and then we started to hear from her people that she is exhausted.”

Lauer couldn’t help but punctuate the word “exhausted” with a trace of skepticism, and Al Roker jumped in to semi-shame Deen into changing her mind: “She has been on this show so many times. She’s a friend of this show and consider her a friend and hope she would reconsider, because she needs to address this.”

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Man pulls knife near 'Today Show' set

An unidentified man in his 50s pulled a knife and began cutting his wrists and arms near the Rockefeller Plaza set of the Today show this morning, according to New York City Police. NBC security confronted and disarmed the man, and Matt Lauer reported on the air that the man was attempting to injure himself. Fortunately, no one else was injured.

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'Today' show drama focus of NYT report; NBC responds

Everyone recalls Ann Curry’s teary departure from the Today show last summer — a culmination of weeks of rumors, and, it was later revealed, months of planning. And now a New York Times Magazine report released Thursday dives deep into the behind-the-scenes drama that led to her ousting and characterizes the morning show’s work environment as mean-spirited and filled with calculating moves.

For its part, a representative for the NBC show says: “We are focused on covering several major news stories this week and producing the best show we can for our viewers, not on year-old gossip.”

You can read the Times story in full here; the report is adapted from NYT media reporter Brian Stelter’s upcoming book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

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'Matt Lauer is the best in the business,' says NBC executive

A top NBC News executive said Wednesday the network is not considering replacing Matt Lauer as anchor of the Today show despite reports that Anderson Cooper of CNN was approached about the job.

”Matt Lauer is the best in the business,” said Alex Wallace, a NBC News executive who oversees the Today show. “We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come.”

Wallace spoke after reports of a meeting with Cooper first appeared in Deadline Hollywood. The report was confirmed to The Associated Press by a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private and was not authorized to speak to the media. READ FULL STORY

Scarlett Johansson talks about the weather on 'Today' -- VIDEO

Scarlett Johansson’s normal neck of the woods may be Hollywood, but the star must have been looking to try something new when she was in New York City.

The actress stopped by the Today show this morning to promote her new film Hitchcock, but the talk soon turned to the weather. After learning that Al Roker was suffering from laryngitis, Johansson volunteered to take the reins. “I have a lot of experience with weather, yes,” Johansson said when questioned by Matt Lauer if she was ready for the job. “This is my dream come true.”

Later, Johansson joined the co-hosts on the plaza and the consummate performer delivered the weather forecast complete with gestures to a map (even if her locations were a little bit off!) and ended her debut as a weatherwoman with a jazz-hand pose and a kick.

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'Today' announces new producing team

Following the awkward demotion of Ann Curry over the summer and the failure by Today to rebound in the ratings in the aftermath, NBC today announced another shakeup for the once-dominant morning show. Alexandra Wallace, executive producer of Rock Center With Brian Williams, will take over the reins (officially as Executive in Charge), becoming the first woman ever to steer the franchise. She quickly named veteran producer Don Nash to replace Jim Bell, who had been executive producer for seven years and reportedly was responsible for Curry’s ouster.

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