Matt Lauer’s Divorce Trips Up Meredith Viera “Today”

Woops! It may get a little UN-COMFORTABLE after the Today Show ends this morning! While introducing an upcoming segment about the right age to get married, Meredith Vieira bumbled into the dicey subject of co-host Matt Lauer’s not-so-great marital history.

After relaying that she’d gotten married in her 30s, Meredith turned to Matt and asked when he had gotten married. Er. There was an embarrassed and embarrassing pause from Matt, whose first marriage ended in divorce and whose second wife filed for divorce before withdrawing the suit. Here’s how the dialog went!
MATT LAUER: Then we’re going to talk about marriage. What is the right age to get married?
MEREDITH VIEIRA: I don’t know. I got married in my 30s. When did you get married?
MATT LAUER: Ah . . .

Someone off camera can be heard yelling “nice!”

MEREDITH VIEIRA: Anyway, I’m sorry. Oh geez.
MATT LAUER: The average age — let’s just start this show over. On average in this country women get married at 26, men at 28. Those are the averages. But how does your age impact your choice of a mate, and your chances for living happily ever after? Probably a more important question. We’ll get into that later.
MEREDITH VIEIRA: I don’t think I’m going to be one of those that lives happily ever after, after this show!

Fortunately for Meredith, Matt seemed to be taking her fumble like a good sport. Still, it was must-see TV!