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Matt Lauer: Katie Couric and I will always bond over 9/11

 
 
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Onetime Today co-workers Katie Couric and Matt Lauer may not hang out in their personal lives. But they do have a connection. “Chemistry is something you have with somebody you meet – or you don’t. It’s an intangible,” says Lauer in the new issue of Esquire. “It’s much harder to put your finger on than a bond. Broadcasting through 9/11 together, like Katie and I did, creates a bond.”

Baby watch

Andrew McCarthy is going to be a dad with his wife of two years, stage manager Dolores Rice, but he doesn’t seem too happy about it.

The Brat Packer already has a son, 11, with his ex-wife, high-school sweetheart Carol Schneider, and a 7-year-old daughter with Rice.

“The thing is, I turned 50 this year. I was fairly old getting into the child business to begin with, but now...” he writes in the October issue of Town & Country, adding, “I hate the playground.”

Mario Lopez is in a totally different boat. “Couldn’t be happier,” the TV personality, 39, tweeted after the birth of his son Dominic on Tuesday with wife Courtney Mazza. Nice b-day present for the couple’s daughter Gia, who turns 3 Wednesday.

Maya Rudolph just keeps popping em out. The Grown Ups actress and director Paul Thomas Anderson have welcomed their fourth child, Us Weekly reports. Unclear what gender yet.

Addiction situation

Mike Sorrentino is getting frank about an addiction to prescription pain pills he used to treat an injury suffered during a 2010 stint on Dancing with the Stars. Could be because he’s getting paid to. The ex Jersey Shore-ite, 32, is a spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the medication he’s taking to stay off opiates. That said, he’s in a better, um, situation. The day to day focus now is on FFC (fitness, family, cooking). He also has a new girlfriend. No one famous; she’s someone he used to date back in his college days.

Trial continues

Two executives were dismissed from a negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s mother and the case was allowed to proceed against AEG Live LLC, the promoter of his planned comeback concerts. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said lawyers for Katherine Jackson hadn’t shown enough evidence that Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG, and promoter Paul Gongaware were responsible for the death of the pop star.

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