- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Staying home in the USA this year.

In a nod to the economy, the “Today” show is putting off its annual mystery trip where Lauer is sent to exotic spots such as the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids. Instead, NBC’s morning show team will be spending a week in May exploring affordable vacation spots in the United States.

“Today” Executive Producer Jim Bell said he had solicited suggestions from viewers for this year’s “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” trip. Instead, many told him that in bad economic times, the extravagant trip sent the wrong message.

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