Matt Lauer reportedly covered tab for 'Today' holiday party http://www.dawgshed.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=25 Look who's embracing the spirit of giving this season! Matt Lauer reportedly picked up the check at the "Today" show's holiday party in New York on Dec. 12. According to Page Six, the show co-host made a dent in his $25 million annual salary by picking up the bar tab for approximately 500 cast and crew members at the Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan's Chelsea nabe. The packed room celebrated the year-end occasion with Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb. "It was really nice [with] all of the talent," an insider told Us Weekly. "The party was during the day because the 'Today' show team can't stay out late -- from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m."