A weekend incident on his bike keeps the Today anchor home Monday

By People Staff
Updated March 23, 2009 07:30 AM
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Where in the world was Matt Lauer on Monday? Not on the Today show, due to a weekend incident as he was riding his bicycle, according to his NBC cohort Meredith Vieira.

Lauer encountered a deer while he was on the road, said Vieria, who wasn’t quite clear about whether or not Lauer and the animal smacked into one another. She seemed to doubt it.

Lauer, she informed viewers, “thinks the deer was hired by the competition.” Not true, Vieira insisted. “I hired the deer, but I said, ‘Just graze him.’ ”
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