Happy 55th Birthday, Matt Lauer! See His Most Memorable ‘Today’ Show Moments

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Morning TV’s finest is only getting better with age.

This Sunday, Today show host Matt Lauer turns 55, and after almost 20 years on the show, he’s still full of laughs, surprises and adventure. Beginning in 1998, Lauer became a globe-trotting anchor, embarking on annual five-day adventures for Where in the World is Matt Lauer? The segment sent Lauer to Egypt, Iran, China and everywhere in between.

But no matter where Lauer may be, he’s always willing to stir up an interview.  From tense discussions with Tom Cruise to on-air disputes with Ann Coulter, Lauer never shies away from a heated debate.He’s also interviewed  British royalty like Prince William and Harry and added festivity to NBC’s live coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

And he’s well-paid for his efforts: In April, Lauer announced that he had signed a new contract with NBC, reportedly earning him $25 million a year.

To celebrate Lauer’s big day, we’re taking a look at his most memorable Today show moments. Click through our gallery to see them all!

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