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Chris Rock absolutely roasted Chris Brown on the Today Show Thursday in an off-the-cuff bit that left Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Elmo at a loss for words.

As Matt was coming back from commercial, he referenced the lovely New York City weather, which he hopes holds up for Brown's concert Friday.

"We're hoping the same kind of weather hits us tomorrow when we've got Chris Brown out on the plaza," said Lauer. And then this happened:

Rock, of course, never lets a good domestic violence joke go to waste.

"Did you say you hope the same weather HITS you? I hope some weather doesn't SMACK us upside the head," the comedian joked, making an obvious reference to Chris Brown's signature career achievement, beating the heck out of Rihanna.

The entire Today crew couldn't contain their laughter, which is especially funny when you consider that Brown is performing on the show tomorrow.

Sorry, Team Breezy, but there's just no defending your man anymore.

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Time announced its 100 Most Influential people on the planet and a number of THG fan favorites earned places in the annual list. Which celebs were included?

Comedians Kristen Wiig, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert and Chelsea Handler, to name just a few, along with your run-of-the-mill world leaders and the like.

Other celebs recognized include Adele, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Matt Lauer, Tilda Swinton, Rihanna, Tim Tebow as well as Pippa and Kate Middleton.

  • Adele at the Grammy Awards
  • Tim Tebow Photo
  • Dressy Kate Middleton

And as they do every year, the weekly magazine asks other famous faces to share a few kind words about those being honored, which is pretty cool.

For instance, Pink notes that Adele "renews hope that the world I live in has good taste, that we occasionally come back to what's simple ... simply amazing."

Stella McCartney says Rihanna is "one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most listened to, most impressive artists today, but she does it in her own stride."

Jeremy Lin, who also made the list, says of Tebow: "[Tim] is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and lives a life that consistently reflects his values."

Follow this link to peruse the whole Time influential list, which also includes President Obama, Hillary Clinton and even some rogues like Kim Jong Un.

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Matt Lauer is sticking with NBC's Today.

Ending any speculation that the top-rated show might have to face ABC's rising Good Morning America without him, Lauer signed a long-term contract with NBC.

Lauer plans to announce Friday on air that he's staying put, ending suggestions that he might reunite with Katie Couric on a syndicated show she's launching.

Many felt that Lauer was simply negotiating a better deal for himself all along, though, having been a fixture of the #1 ranked morning show since 1994.

Matt Lauer: King of Cool

For broadcast networks, morning represents one of the most important parts of the day. The shows are hugely profitable at a time of declining TV viewership.

Reports that Lauer could end up with a $25 million deal may not be exaggerated, as a result, though NBC has declined to comment on the deal's specifics.

It's been quite a week for Today, with Matt interviewing Octomom as well as Sarah Palin, while Couric guest hosts Good Morning America over on ABC.

NBC also apologized for Today bungling the Trayvon Martin 911 call, but that clearly wasn't seen as an impediment to cash cow Lauer's giant payday.

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Nadya "Octomom" Suleman said she’s “ashamed” of going on welfare to take care of her 14 children, but she will still never stoop so low as to do porn.

"I still am working as hard as I possibly can to support them,’’ Suleman told Today's Matt Lauer, adding that she made the welfare decision “reluctantly.”

Suleman said she was not just humbled, but afraid to take public assistance, as she's received death threats for receiving the aid (up to $2,000 a month).

"I feel ashamed, but who cares how I feel? It's 100 percent about my children,” she asked and answered, saying she hopes to be off public assistance soon.

“They deserve everything, they deserve the best.”

Including dignity. That's why, even though we've already seen Octomom nude, Suleman will NEVER do full-on porn, even if the offer was $100 million.

“I won’t touch other human flesh,’’ Suleman said. “The only flesh I’m touching is my own." Interestingly, this was also true of her children's conception.

She got pregnant with all 14 of them through IVF!

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Sarah Palin appeared on Today this morning, first as a guest and then as a co-host, in what was a mostly enjoyable stint on the NBC morning show institution.

Matt Lauer did ask her some tough questions, though nothing about how Levi Johnston got Sunny Oglesby pregnant. Hey, no journalist is perfect.

The mood was jovial as Palin opened with a story about a stranger who, when she was headed to NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, said she knew Palin was Tina Fey.

Lauer’s interview with Palin about the Republican presidential race - voters in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C. vote today - quickly turned more serious.

Her message: “Anybody but Obama will be so much better for our country,” and the experience level of  the winner's V.P. choice doesn't matter. Why?

Because no matter who it is, the 2008 nominee opines, “they’re gonna get clobbered by the lamestream media who does not like the conservative message.”

As Lauer then pointed out, though, Sarah Palin herself was about to become a card carrying member of the lamestream media for the next hour. Ziiiiing!

As co-host, Palin talked with Tori Spelling and experts on raising teenage daughters, weighed in on Oprah's mistakes with OWN and talked about the new "EnemyGraph" Facebook app, which allows you to create a list of enemies, not friends.

Speaking of which, sort of ... please "Like" THG on Facebook!

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Lindsay Lohan has arrived in New York City to begin rehearsals for Saturday Night Live, and while she's in the Big Apple, she'll be interviewed on The Today Show.

The 25-year-old is “very excited” to be hosting SNL, and also to give a no-holds-barred interview with a journalist she respects as part of her image rehabilitation.

The source says that Lindsay’s Today Show interview will air Thursday.

Lindsay Lohan Cleavage Pic

"Lindsay agreed to go on Today for a no holds barred interview ... She has tremendous respect for Matt Lauer, who will be doing the interview,” a source said.

“Lindsay is nervous about hosting SNL, but that is to be expected. She is grateful for the opportunity and won't let (executive producer) Lorne Michaels down.”

“Lindsay has been a longtime fan of Saturday Night Live and is incredibly excited to work with the amazing cast and writers," her rep, Steve Honig, adds.

Last week, Lohan got a glowing report and praise from the judge handling her theft case. Judge Stephanie Sautner said she's got "her life back on track."

If all goes according to plan, she could be off probation in April.

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On The Today Show this morning, Matt Lauer and Bill O'Reilly engaged in a fascinating debate.

It stemmed from the latter's belief that Whitney Houston had a death wish, that nobody abuses drugs or alcohol in such a way "if they want to stay on the planet."

Lauer countered this point by saying "addiction is a disease," but O'Reilly shot back:

"It's a mental disease. You have free will when it comes to addiction. You don't have free will when it comes to lung cancer."

The main topic of the discourse, though, centered on the media's handling of Whitney's long struggle with substance abuse, with O'Reilly labeling all reports over the years as "sensationalized to exploit the woman's condition, not try to help her.

"You know what we in the media do, Lauer?" he asked. "We wink-wink it. We Snoop Dogg it. We Willie Nelson it. 'Hey, oh yeah, they're stoned, that's fine.'"

Is O'Reilly in favor of lowering flags in New Jersey Saturday in honor of Houston's funeral? Yes, he believes we should respect the singer's life. But he also believes journalists should have done the same for her before she died by taking a harsher stance on her drug problem.

Listen to the audio above and take a side.

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Matt Lauer has softened his position about leaving the Today show in December at the end of his contract ... if NBC will pay up big time, that is.

The sexy beast currently earns $17 million a year. Negotiations are currently ongoing that could net Lauer could as much as $30 MILLION a year.

That will make a lot of people soften positions about retiring, we would have to imagine. But was Lauer's change of heart motivated by something else?

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Some say Lauer changed his mind about leaving when network execs showed interest in Ryan Seacrest as a replacement ... and got jealous.

Others say Lauer wanted to re-sign all along and is merely using the end of his current deal and his plan to possibly leave as a tactic to get paid.

Either way, he's about to do pretty well for himself.

Today makes roughly $450 million a year for the network - more than any other show on NBC - so in that context, $30 million for Lauer?

Not a steal for NBC, but probably a worthwhile investment.

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Robert Pattinson hasn't been shy in admitting he is so over Twilight, but we never expected the British actor to even consider joining Team Jacob.

We're kidding. Rob's character in Water for Elephants is named Jacob, though. Pretty funny, although he says he never realized the coincidence.

Another strange thing he never thought about? Playing Reese Witherspoon's son in a movie role back in 2004, then playing her love interest now!

Watch him discuss that and much more on the Today show here:

As always, watching Robert's talk with Matt Lauer reminds us why he is one of our favorite stars, a smart and laid-back dude with a no-fuss attitude.

Even when it comes to clowns dying at the circus or gross sex scenes with Reese Witherspoon, you can't faze this seasoned Hollywood veteran.

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Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were back together today, ON Today, if only for a day. The latter interviewed the former, who left the NBC show five years ago.

The CBS News anchor, who's rumored to be leaving her post, seemed less than 100 percent sure of that this morning when asked about her career plans.

Matt, who's also talking about a job change (some think he's just posturing for a big payday), spoke with his former co-anchor about her new book as well.

Here's Katie talking to Matt about The Best Advice I Ever Got and more:

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