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Matt Lauer is gonna stay with Today.

The embattled anchor, whose program now loses the weekly ratings battle to Good Morning America, has signed a two-year contract extension with NBC.

The New York Times reported the deal, which comes as a bit of a surprise because Lauer has been under a great deal of fire over the past several months.

Matt Lauer on Today Show Set

Many blame Lauer for the poor execution of Ann Curry's firing, while Lauer's alleged refusal to take a pay cut has angered many show staffers.

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Stop us if you've heard this before: There's turmoil on the set of Today.

This time, however, the wrath of many staffers is not aimed at Matt Lauer, but rather at the prospect of Katie Couric temporarily returning to co-anchor the morning show that made her famous.

As previously reported, the NBC program is considering re-hiring Couric this summer after Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave.

"Asking her to fill in for Savannah is really a disservice to [Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall],” an insider tells Radar, explaining why blasting to the show’s past could backfire:

"You already have two seasoned pros that are a part of the show, ready, willing and able to step up for Savannah."

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Katie Couric may be on her way back to the chair that made her famous.

Insiders tell The New York Post and TMZ that Today producers may bring Couric back on a temporary basis once Savannah Guthrie takes off on maternity leave. 

Guthrie announced in mid-March that she's married to Mike Feldman and is five months along with her first child.

Katie Couric on the Red Carpet

Couric is friends with Guthrie and, of course, remains very close to Matt Lauer.

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Natalie Morales and Lester Holt tried to get into the Olympic spirit yesterday.

By getting into some Russian spirits. Literally!

The Today hosts were reporting live from Sochi yesterday when they decided to try the host nation's "favorite drink," vodka.

Morales downed her shot fairly easily, but Holt delayed and delayed and delayed when it came to doing his. And when he finally pounded that beverage down? Let's just say this anchor is far removed from his college days...

Watch the funny footage now and then compare it to other live news snafus over the past couple years:

Jim Cantore Knees College Kid on Camera
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, reporting live from the site of crazy weather as he always does, beats back a college kid's attempt to video bomb him.

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Zac Efron has "never been this happy," he said today, and we couldn't be more excited for the gorgeous "High School Musical" star.

The 26-year-old actor sat down on The Today Show on Tuesday morning to promote his new film That Awkward Moment alongside co-stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan - and the topic turned to some personal issues for the hunk.

Savannah Guthrie decided to jump right into questions about Efron's recent history, asking him about reports that he checked into rehab last year.

"I know last year was a little bit hard. There were reports that you'd gone to rehab. Anything you want to share about that? I think mostly your fans just want to know how you're doing and that you're OK," Savannah inquired.

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AWKWARD ALERT!

Kate Gosselin and 13-year old twins Mady and Cara appeared this morning on Today to discuss their recent People Magazine cover and how folks have the wrong impression of how their lives have been effed up by reality television.

Except when Savanna Guthrie asked Mady what she wants to say about how she and her siblings are doing… the teenager pretty much ignored the question.

"Mady, your words," Kate told her child in a tone TLC viewers know well. "It's your chance. Spit it out."

Seriously. It was beyond uncomfortable for all involved.

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Give Rob Ford a break, folks.

Yes, the Toronto Mayor has admitted to smoking crack at some point in the fairly recent past, but he's just as curious as everyone else to see the video that depicts this event.

Because he was too wasted to remember it!

"I was very, very inebriated" at the time, Ford told Matt Lauer this morning on Today, adding that he's "very fortunate" his city was not hit with a terrorist attack during one of his substance abuse binges.

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For Halloween, Matt Lauer dressed as Pamela Anderson.

This morning, conversely, The Today Show host went from pretending to be a woman to extolling the virtues of something very important for men: Regular prostate exams.

In order to raise awareness of prostate cancer and how simple it can be to check for, Lauer and Al Roker actually underwent a digital test on air.

No, the very personal aspects of this examination were not filmed. But a physician was featured speaking to the reporters after each went behind a closed door for his quick test and important information was passed along. Watch now:

As entertaining as it is when Roker films a selfie at a Drake concert, this segment was especially helpful and, hopefully, educational to many.

Well done, Today.

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Dear Today Show and Matt Lauer -

We know your ratings need a boost. And we know your reputation is in the drain and viewers need to see you as a fun-loving host, not someone who demeans your staffers.

But still. No. Just... no.

On The Today Show's Halloween spectacular this morning, Al Roker dressed as Mr. T and Kathie Lee Gifford was Wilma from The Flintstones. But the classic costumes were all a lead-up to Lauer coming out as Pamela Anderson from Baywatch.

We wish we were making this up. And we really wish we could un-see this:

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  • Matt Lauer Dressed as Pamela Anderson

Anderson, meanwhile, doesn't even look like this anymore, having just gotten a new pixie cut.

And forget Julianne Hough in blackface. This is FAR more offensive.

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Linny Boyette has passed away. If you're a viewer of NBC's Today Show, the name may ring a bell, and it earned a special sendoff from the anchors.

"For so many years, the first person we saw" was Boyette, said Matt Lauer this morning on Today, before moving on to discuss Miley Cyrus' sexual peak.

Linny Boyette Photo

Boyette was an enormous fan of the show, and viewers often saw him on TV, standing with the crowds gathered outside the show in New York City.

Now, Today is mourning the loss of the supporter who died Sunday after complications from a heart attack, reported Natalie Morales. Boyette was 71.

A military veteran born in England, Linny took the subway from his home in the Bronx, N.Y., to arrive on the plaza outside Today by about 5:30 a.m.

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