As co-host of the Today show, Matt Lauer comfortably occupied the seat next to the most popular anchor in morning news. But with Katie Couric gone to CBS--and Meredith Vieira still settling in as co-host--senior anchor Lauer is now more responsible for keeping Today on top. Lauer, 49, talked with TIME's Jeanne McDowell about his 10 years on Today, his chemistry with Vieira and his memorable face-off with Tom Cruise.
So did Tom Cruise invite you to his wedding?
Yes, the invitation was addressed to "Matt Matt Matt Matt."
Seriously, how would you describe your decade with the Today Show?