Knowledge Identifier: +Matt_Lauer
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1957.
Countries: United States (78%), United Kingdom (8%), New York (5%)
Linked to: NBC, Ohio University, MSNBC, NBC News
He had dropped out of Ohio University's School of Telecommunications in the Spring of 1979
He was host of "PM Magazine" in Providence, RI and in 1984 at WNEW-TV in New York City until the show's cancellation in 1986
In the early 1990s, Lauer hosted segments of HBO Entertainment News
Lauer moved to WNBC-TV in 1992 where he became co-anchor, alongside Jane Hanson, of the early weekday news show "Today in New York"
This "audition" period allowed him to join "The Today Show" full-time in January 1994 as news anchor, while still co-anchoring "Today in New York" and "Live at Five"
In 1997, he received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University at the age of 39
In 1999, both Lauer and his co-host Katie Couric initially resisted participation in the proposed series about their family roots
Anne Heche - In a series of interviews with Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, and Larry King to promote "Call Me Crazy" in 2001, Heche stated on national television that she created a fantasy world called the "Fourth Dimension" to make herself feel safe, and had an alter ego who was the daughter of God and half-sister of Jesus Christ named "Celestia", who had contacts with extraterrestrial life forms
In a June 2005 interview, Tom Cruise argued with Lauer about psychiatry and postpartum depression and called Lauer "glib"
Tom Cruise - This led to a heated argument between Matt Lauer and Cruise on NBC's Today on June 24, 2005.
Good Will Hunting - Elfman's "Weepy Donuts" was used on NBC's "The Today Show" on September 11, 2006, while Matt Lauer spoke during the opening credits
Tara Conner - After coming out of rehab less than two months later in February 2007, Conner admitted in an interview with Matt Lauer that she had abused cocaine and anti-depressants
Carrie Fisher - She discussed her 2008 memoir "Wishful Drinking" and various topics in it with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" on December 10, 2008 and revealed that she wished she had turned down the role of Leia Organa
The Fear (Lily Allen song) - In February 2009, she was invited at "The Today Show" with Matt Lauer, where she performed the song after an interview
Dan Brown - In an interview with Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" in September 2009, Brown responded by saying, "I do something very intentional and specific in these books
Meredith Baxter - On December 2, 2009, she came out as a lesbian during an interview with Matt Lauer on "Today", and on the "Frank DeCaro Show" on Sirius-XM OutQ 102
His commentary on the 2012 opening ceremonies, along with that of co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Bob Costas, came under fierce criticism, being described as "ignorant" and "banal"
Good Morning America - Amid declining ratings at "Today" in the aftermath of reports of Matt Lauer's alleged role in Ann Curry's departure as co-host , viewership for "Good Morning America" increased starting in 2012
Bobby Brown - In an interview given to "The Today Show" in May 2012, Brown said security was the reason why he and his family left Houston's service with Brown stating he loved Houston's family and told Matt Lauer that he had spent "14 beautiful years" with Houston as his wife
Savannah Guthrie - She debuted as co-anchor, alongside Matt Lauer, Morales and Roker, on Monday, July 9, 2012
Lee Boyd Malvo - In an interview with Matt Lauer on October 24, 2012, Malvo said that Muhammad sexually abused him
During the 2014 Winter Olympics, prime-time host Bob Costas suffered a major eye infection over the first five days of primetime coverage
Bob Costas - An eye infection Costas had at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics forced him, on February 11, 2014, to cede his Olympic hosting duties to Matt Lauer for at least one night, which is the first time someone other than Costas will host a primetime Olympics broadcast since CBS's broadcast of the 1998 Games and the first time Costas has not done so at all since the 1988 Summer Olympics
In November 2015, Lauer led the interview with Charlie Sheen in which the actor revealed he was HIV-positive
On September 8, 2016, Lauer conducted separate 30-minute interviews with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
On January 6, 2017 Lauer celebrated his 20th anniversary on Today, with a look back at some of his most memorable moments on the show
Hoda Kotb - On November 28, 2017, she became the main co-anchor of Today Show after Matt Lauer was terminated
NBC News - On November 29, 2017, & NBC News announced that Matt Lauer's employment had been terminated after an unidentified female NBC employee reported that Lauer had sexually harassed her during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and that the harassment continued after they returned to New York
Hoda Kotb - On November 29, 2017, she became the interim co-anchor of "Today Show" after Matt Lauer was terminated