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Take A Cold Shower Matt! Lauer Says He Finds Katie Couric ‘Very Attractive’, Rates Her a 9

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Jun. 20 2013, Published 9:27 a.m. ET

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Somebody turn a cold hose on Matt Lauer! The morning anchorman is apparently smoldering with lust behind on the TODAY show set.

Lauer, 51, revealed he finds his former co-anchor Katie Couric “very attractive” and rates her a 9 out of 10 (perhaps even a 10), in a new interview with Howard Stern.

That on-air chemistry that producd years and years of ratings victory was real.

“She’s a very attractive woman, not only physically but her personality,” Lauer continued. "If she's a 9 or 10 physically, she's a 14 because ... she's got a great personality. She's fun."

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And fun is something that has been in short supply on the TODAY show set lately as the morning show has slipped behind ABC’s Good Morning America, losing a decade-plus ratings winning streak.

It’s all added up to a big mess, with a top executive leaving, Lauer being blamed by some publicly and the treatment of Ann Curry subjecting Lauer and the show to scorn.

Lauer anchored with Couric from 1994-2006 and says, “We had a good and easy chemistry. But it never went beyond friendship he insisted.

The NBC anchor also bizarrely said this about Meredith Viera: "I had a relationship with Meredith where I constantly wanted to hug her.” He called her “beloved” by the staff.

And what about Curry? Sorry time’s up. Stern never got to ask the question.

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