The E! star sat down with Lauer in New York before the anchor took off for Rio

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated August 02, 2016 09:35 PM
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Matt Lauer is a skeptic no more.

The Today show anchor recently had a psychic reading with Tyler Henry, star of E!’s Hollywood Medium. Though Lauer, 58, “didn’t understand the process” at first, the veteran journalist later revealed Henry, 20, was “spot-on” with certain personal narratives.

Henry began his reading by asking for a pocket knife Lauer had with him that once belonged to his maternal grandfather. As Henry often explains, “Holding onto an object will actually make a stronger connection with a particular person.”

That particular person this time was Lauer’s late father, Robert, who spent the last few weeks of his life at home under hospice care before his death in 1997.

Among the striking connections Henry had made was a father-son bond over fishing. “I don’t know if you’re aware of this. But he’s acknowledging an individual out on a boat, and I feel like I’m sitting alone and I’m fishing and I’m thinking, ‘Dad.’ And he’s having me acknowledge this feeling of like I’m there with you. I’m there with you,” Henry shared.

Lauer, who enjoys solo fishing trips, confirmed that he and his father loved two passions: fishing and golfing.

After the clip aired, the newsman – who is currently reporting from the Rio Olympics – revealed that he refrained from tearing up on camera. “I got home and I cried,” he said to Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Tamron Hall.

On Monday, Henry tweeted that his session with Lauer was “one of [his] favorite readings yet.”

The second season of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry premieres Aug. 10.