Bad Body Humor Not Helping Matt Lauer

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With Matt Lauer's likability on life support, he's trying self-deprecation: "If you've been following the papers lately, you know it's been a bit rough for me," he said while hosting a media event this week, according to "Page Six." "These days, I only get asked to host dinners if polio is busy. Yup, I have a lower Q rating than polio right now." We imagine polite chuckles from industry men while their bored wives give sideways glances that say that makes no sense. "Katie [Couric] has a way of making headlines," Lauer joked later about his colleague from back when he was popular. "Who can forget when she was co-host of the Today show? She got a colonoscopy on TV. Not to be outdone, two weeks ago, I got one in the New York Times." Fire your writers, Matt. They're not doing you any favors.