The morning show format doesn't lend itself to going in-depth on any one topic. It's a lot of happy chit-chat and local weather. That's what the late night talk show can do -- really drill down into the subjects that most affect our lives.
Back in October, the "Today" crew dressed up as various TV icons to celebrate Halloween.
We saw the cringe-inducing video of the once noble newsman running in fake slow-motion across a little strip of sand in the
Ever the hard-hitting interviewer, Leno demanded to know if the costume party had been Lauer's idea.
"Clearly not," Lauer said. "I don't have veto power, which is obvious."
Lauer revealed the hardships the Anderson incident had brought upon his family, with his children telling him, "You're making it hard at school."
He even gave the public a brief peek inside the psychological games he has played with himself to keep things together. When Leno pointed out that Lauer once said he would never dance on the air, but then he danced with former "Baywatch" star Carmen Electra to Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend," Lauer was quick to clarify, "No, Pam Anderson danced with Carmen Electra."
But when we saw the footage, there was no Pam Anderson there. Only Matt Lauer wearing fake cleavage.
Lauer then showed Leno the most difficult part of the whole experience, a flesh-colored bit of clothing designed to make a man appear more feminine. He called it the Concealer and described it as "like
What exactly did the Concealer do? As he delicately told Leno, "It puts them where you can't see them. Then when it comes off, you pray they come back."
Perhaps to put some distance between himself and the pain, Lauer brought the "Concealer" in a little plastic bag for Leno, casting it far away where the white-maned healer of Burbank could keep it safe.
Perhaps little Matt Lauer will sleep in peace now.