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An unidentified man pulled out a knife and sliced himself open this morning in Rockefeller Center.

The incident took place around 7:50 during Today's live broadcast, though NBC did not catch it on camera. A few minutes later, Matt Lauer updated viewers on what took place.

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"There was an incident a short time ago," he said. "A man attempted to harm himself with a knife. He did manage to cut himself. He was controlled by our security team out there. However, he did harm himself, and he is being attended to by medical personnel. So, we're keeping the area clear for law enforcement."

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Its no secret that Matt Lauer and Ann Curry did not get along well during the latter's tenure as co-host of Today.

But a new report suggests Curry has plenty of company in that regard, as an insider tells Radar Online:

“The way Matt treats staffers at work is so derogatory and dismissive... He is so demeaning to many people on the staff. He is cordial to his fellow hosts and the senior executives, but to anyone below him they say he treats them like dirt.”

Matt Lauer on Today Set

Dirt, of course, could also describe ratings for the program, which consistently now loses out to Good Morning America.

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In an interview this week with Howard Stern, Katie Couric acknowledged a return to The Today Show has at least been broached between her and her former bosses.

The talk shot host worked alongside Matt Lauer for years and the morning program never really recovered from her departure, dropping to record-low ratings over the past few months.

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"There were some cautious overtures to me to possibly come back to the Today Show but then they sort of evaporated," Couric told Stern.

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With Ann Curry long gone, with Matt Lauer facing constant criticism and with Today ratings falling each week, producers are reportedly turning to their the only woman they see as a possible savior:

KATIE COURIC!

Yes, the same Katie Couric who co-anchored the morning program from 1991-2006.

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  • Ann Curry Us Weekly Cover

“They’re calling Katie and begging for her to return, saying the morning couch on NBC is where she belongs," an insider supposedly tells The National Enquirer. "They want her to save Matt and the show.”

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Excerpts from a new book have been released and they echo a previous report regarding Ann Curry and her firing from Today:

Matt Lauer may suck, but producers were to blame for the horrible situation at that NBC program.

Ann Curry Yellow Dress

In "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," Brian Stelter writes that Curry received never-ending flak from those around her, with one staff members telling the author:

"A lot of time in the control room was spent making fun of Ann's outfit choices or just generally messing with her."

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Might Hoda Kotb be trying to jump off a sinking ship?

With ratings continuing to spiral for Today, and with Matt Lauer under constant siege by the press, sources tell Entertainment Weekly that Hotb has been talking to other networks about job possibilities.

Her contract expires this fall.

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Hoda loves her job... adores everyone she works with on the show," an insider tells EW. "Her contract is coming up and she’s just expanding relationships and having coffee with a few people.”

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The ratings are down.

The host might get fired.

But the folks at Today are still having a fun time, or at least they were yesterday when magician Rich Ferguson stopped by to offer up some April Fools' Day tips.

One idea? Place a fake spider on a roll of toiler paper. Another? Pretend to be the arms of a chair and then scare the heck out of the individual trying to sit on it, especially if said individual is reporter Natalie Morales.

Watch her get caught off guard now:

Elsewhere, did you hear about the Justin Bieber TMZ prank? It deserves some dap.

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Don't believe everything you read about Matt Lauer and Today.

So says executive producer Don Nash, who recently sat in on a focus group filled with women and heard their response to the question of what would cause them to stop watching the NBC morning program.

"Every one of them said, 'If Matt Lauer were to leave,'" Nash says. "Their opinions didn't square with what we had been reading in the papers and on websites."

Patient Matt Lauer

That's for sure.

Lauer has been under major fire over the past few weeks, from reportedly making sexist remarks about female producers... to being responsible for Ann Curry's firing... to apologizing to a former intern for not being very nice.

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With Matt Lauer facing unending criticism, and the decision to sloppily fire Ann Curry still reverberating around NBC, Today has lost its stranglehold in the ratings game.

Led by George Stephanopoulos and a returning Robin Roberts, Good Morning America is on top for the first time on ages, while Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell are pretty much just hanging out at CBS.

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With these programs not just reporting the news, but actually making a lot of it themselves these days, it's time to take the pulse of our readers:

Which is your favorite morning show?

 

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