Will Matt Lauer Finally Get His Paula Deen Exclusive on Wednesday? Jillian Bowe June 25, 2013 Paula Deen is finally heading to The Today Show to have a one-on-one with Matt Lauer. Last week, Deen left Lauer hanging, after excerpts from her deposition in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee were released. Deen admitted in the proceedings to having used the N-word. The NBC morning chatfest originally had Deen scheduled as a guest on June 21. However, the show was left in a lurch after the former Food Network star’s PR team claimed she could not appear due to “exhaustion.” Lauer stated to viewers on air Monday, She has told us she will be here this time.