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Report: NBC pays for Matt Lauer to take helicopter to 'Today'

Friday - 9/5/2014, 9:24am  ET

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NBC's "Today" co-host Matt Lauer at the show on June 17, 2014, in New York, New York. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Wouldn't it be nice to avoid a stressful morning commute, and fly above traffic?

Apparently that's what "Today" show host Matt Lauer does, according to a new report.

In an effort to keep Lauer happy, NBC News pays to fly him to and from his home in the Hamptons during the week, according to Page Six.

"NBC News chiefs want to do everything to keep [Lauer] happy. They believe ‘Today' has turned a corner and he is the key to its continuing success," a source told the Post. "They agreed to pay for his helicopter flights to the Hamptons and back, so he can spend more time with his family."

Lauer owns a 40-acre plot of land in Water Mill and a nearby $15 million mansion in which he lives with his wife, Annette Roque, and their children. Lauer has an apartment in Manhattan as well.

A "Today" rep says Lauer uses a helicopter to commute -- but it's not every day.

"On rare occasions, [Lauer] will fly home, but most of the time you'll find him stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway with everyone else."

In June, Lauer agreed to a contract extension to continue as co-host of the morning show -- a position he has held since 1997.

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