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Lauer Jokes About the 'Today' Situation NY Times, TVNewser

Ratings and revenue are both down at "Today," but the show's co-host, Matt Lauer, joked about the show's problems during the first upfront presentation by the new NBCUniversal News Group, reports The New York Times.

Toward the end of the presentation, Lauer came out on stage with his co-host, Savannah Guthrie.

"I would like to tackle what might be a teeny white elephant in the room,” Lauer said, which elicited laughter from the crowd, according to TVNewser. “We all love covering the news, we hate being the news, and so I would like to say on that subject -- from the bottom of my heart -- that I promise to spend all of my time and energy over the next several months trying to keep Savannah out of the headlines.”

As previously reported, revenue at "Today" dipped by at least $50 million in 2012, as "Good Morning America" eclipsed it in the ratings.

“But you said all press is good press,” Guthrie said at the upfront presentation, according to The Times.

Lauer replied, “Yeah, that didn’t work out.”