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Can Matt Lauer Pull off the Shorts Suit?

Matt Lauer showed off his new summer threads Friday on “Today,” displaying his shorts suit outfit.

“I looked at myself a second ago, I don’t think I look quite as great,” Lauer said, saying he doesn’t look as good as musician Pharrell Williams does in shorts suit.

“That time you spent in the tanning booth…not wasted,” Savannah Guthrie told her co-host.

Matt Lauer, Jorge Ramos, Willie Geist Write Open Letters to Their Daughters

matt lauer and daughterIn celebration of Father’s Day, TIME and Lean In have published a series of open letters from famous dads to their daughters. This year’s collection includes notes from Unvision’s Jorge Ramos and NBC’s Matt Lauer, Carson Daly and Willie Geist.

Matt Lauer:

Thank you for the gift of your compassion — for always being the first to want to help others, whether they’re friends or total strangers. Thank you for your humor and even your moods — because one gets us all through the other. On this father’s day, I want you to know that I feel I’m right where I belong — tightly wrapped around your little finger.

Jorge Ramos:

There’s a beautiful picture of us, with you sleeping on my chest. You were only a few weeks old and I was clearly mesmerized by you. That moment, captured in an old photograph, is my idea of happiness. It’s true love.

Willie Geist: Read more

Megyn Kelly Fans Will ‘Like’ This

Megyn Kelly juggles a lot as a Fox News primetime anchor and mother of three, and last night, she added one more title to the list: Facebook user.

Kelly has already posted a throwback photo from childhood and a video from the makeup chair.

And how’s this for some friendly social media competition among TV news stars—since joining Facebook Tuesday, Matt Lauer has drawn 74,000 likes; since her first post yesterday, over 164,000 fans have liked Kelly’s page.

Matt Lauer to Stay with ‘Today’

1364398054_matt-lauer-articleMatt Lauer has re-signed with NBC News, remaining as “Today” show co-anchor.

The NYTimes reports NBC executives “did not disclose the exact term of the new deal but indicated it was for more than two years.” Lauer’s current contract, which paid him a reported $20 million a year, was set to expire in the coming months.

“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.”

A “Today” insider tells TVNewser, “It’s a very happy day around here. Everyone on set from the cast, crew and staff is just thrilled.”

Lauer has been co-anchor of “Today” since 1997, and was news anchor for the three years prior. The show experienced a rough 2012. It saw its 16-year winning streak broken by “Good Morning America” in April of that year, then in June, experienced the messy departure of Ann Curry as co-anchor of the show. “GMA” has remained in first place since.

Look Who Just Joined Facebook…

After 10 years, the long wait is over: Matt Lauer has joined Facebook.

Lauer hosted a Facebook live chat with “Today” show fans this morning; one question came from a familiar face.

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Bill O’Reilly: BlackBerrys, iPhones Causing People to Create Their Own ‘Bubble’

While speaking with Matt Lauer this morning, Bill O’Reilly‘s gave his take on Hillary Clinton‘s potential run for president, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and how mobile and second screen devices are causing people to create their own universes.

“They don’t know now,” O’Reilly answered Lauer about young people not knowing the history behind events like today’s D-Day anniversary. “These machines are taking over the world,” O’Reilly continued, suggesting BlackBerrys and iPhones are helping people create their own “bubble.”

The former English teacher also pointed blame at the education system: “Public schools don’t teach history.”

The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Matt Lauer to Jimmy Fallon: ‘I Gotta Get Up Early for the ‘Today’ Show, so Cut the Bullsh*t’

Popping up on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, Matt Lauer grew tired of Fallon ignoring his audience’s wishes.

“Stop beating around the bush, listen to your audience, listen to that man…it’s for his wife,” Lauer implored Fallon, who had been declining his audience’s request to perform the “Gangnam Style” dance.

“I gotta get up early for the ‘Today’ show, so cut the bullsh*t,” Lauer said, raising a boom box with the song blaring. Jimmy finally caved, but didn’t quite meet Lauer’s performance standards.

Is Willie Geist ‘the Next Matt Lauer’?

willie geistSince Willie Geist joined the “Today” show in 2012, rumors have swirled that he is the heir apparent to Matt Lauer, whose current deal with the NBC morning show expires early next year. In a New York Observer profile, Geist addresses the succession speculation:

“I think with respect to people who say that, it’s just that—speculation. It’s totally meaningless,” says Mr. Geist. “It’s fun for people to talk about, but I can tell you honestly that I never had one single conversation about that, ever. Matt is the host, and he’s the best morning show host in the history of morning show hosts, and he’ll be there as long as he wants to be there. So there’s no point in me thinking about it. All I do is try to do a good job in our hour, and when they ask me to fill in for him, I fill in for him.”

And if the powers that be at NBC called him? “I would certainly take the phone calls from my superiors at work, but I’ve never received one like that. If it happens, I’ll answer, and we’ll see.”

Geist also appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” this week, where he was asked about his craziest experience with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hota Kotb. Watch after the jump. Read more

Broadcast Networks Cover Pres. Obama’s Statement on VA Controversy

ObamaThe broadcast networks cut in with special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal that left dozens of veterans in Phoenix dead waiting for medical care.

ABC News broke in at 10:57amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

CBS News broke in at 10:57amET with “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York, and Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News also broke in at 10:57amET with Matt Lauer anchoring from New York and National Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from the White House.

The president did not announce any firings, announcing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is leading an investigation into misconduct at VA facilities in Phoenix and elsewhere. The president vowed that anyone deemed responsible of “cooking the books” at VA facilities will be held accountable, and announced certain employees at VA facilities have been put on administrative leave.

The president took two questions. The first went to the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

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