Matt Lauer Tells Ellen DeGeneres 'Fifty Shades' Spoof Has Led to Questions, "New Friends" (Video)
The daytime-talk-show host pranked the 'Today' co-host by superimposing a leather-and-chains-clad body on his head during his interview with the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' stars.
Today show co-host Matt Lauer started his interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs on the Thursday edition of her talk show, by joking that he has "not yet decided" if he "is on speaking terms" with her after she superimposed a half-clothed, leather-and-chains-covered body on his head during his interview with Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
DeGeneres aired the digitally altered interview on her show earlier this month.
In good spirits, Lauer sarcastically thanked the daytime host for "helping me make so many new friends," calling out some new Twitter followers whose interests align with the Fifty Shades theme.
"I’ve made a lot a lot of new friends. Thank you very much," said Lauer. "So, to the people like @RoughandReady and @IveBeenaVeryBadGirl ... I just want to say, thank you very much for your kind tweets."
DeGeneres brought up that some viewers believed Lauer actually opted for a barely clothed interview. And Lauer added that even his driver from LAX asked him upon pickup, "How did [Ellen] convince you to dress like that?"
Lauer wasn't the only Today show personality subjected to DeGeneres' antics. Al Roker also got the superimposed-head treatment during his weathercast, when audiences saw him pulling down his leather booty shorts while giving the weekly forecast.
"Did [Al Roker] gain Twitter followers, also?" DeGeneres asked Lauer. He replied: "I think he probably did. Although, Al kind of had those followers anyway."
DeGeneres and Lauer were back on good terms by the end of the interview, following a peace-offering gift for Lauer: a blown-up photo of him during the Fifty Shades interview.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold," said Lauer, as he explained that he's thinking about how to get back at DeGeneres. "The wheels are turning."