Matt Lauer Mocks Self-Image: I'm Less Popular Than Polio!

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Hosting a UJA-Federation of New York event celebrating Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andrew Lack this week, Matt Lauer got into one of pop culture's newest time-honored traditions:

Mocking Matt Lauer!

With Today ratings falling and rumors continuing to swirl that Lauer may be fired, the reporter tried to make light of his circumstances in front of attendees in NYC.

Matt Lauer and Chris Brown

Note to Matt Lauer: Do not stand next to Chris Brown if you wish to clean up your image.

"If you've been following the papers lately, you know it's been a bit rough for me," Lauer said. "These days, I only get asked to host dinners if polio is busy. Yup, I have a lower Q rating than polio right now."

Not bad, actually. Certainly funnier than anything Jay Leno has said in a decade.

Later in the evening, Lauer introduced his former co-anchor Katie Couric and joked about a New York Times piece last month that exposed the chaos at Today, focusing on his relationship with Ann Curry.

"Katie has a way of making headlines," Lauer said. "Who can forget when she was co-host of the TODAY show? She got a colonoscopy on TV. Not to be outdone, two weeks ago, I got one in The New York Times."

HA! Two-for-two. At least we know a stand-up career awaits Lauer once he's let go from NBC.


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