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Matt Lauer Raised Nearly $70,000* For Charity After Agreeing To Donate Whenever Someone Thanked Him At The Daytime Emmys

*It depends on how he counts, but we're dreaming big.

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Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the 2015 Daytime Emmys with a very important announcement.

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Part of their truce involves Matt making this promise, which we hope, unlike Ellen, he does keep.


Note: Ellen did not say it had to be a winner thanking Matt, nor was it clear if it only counted once per person or once per award. Thus, this tallying dreams big.


Then Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell said his name three times when she took the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.


The Young and the Restless star Daniel Goddard thanked Matt Lauer's parents, which we hope counts.

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"I’ll like to thank Matt Lauer’s mother and father for having him," Daniel said. Let's say that's an additional $1,000.

While accepting the Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish award for Un Nuevo Dia, Maria Alvarez, Telemundo's SVP of alternative programming, thanked Matt too.

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"Thank you, Matt Lauer. We love you too, NBC," Alvarez said. Her colleague to the left said, "Thank you, Matt Lauer," as did the gentleman on the right. So that's $3,000 more.

Before he thanked his family, colleagues, and fans, Days of Our Lives star Freddie Smith thanked Matt Lauer after he took the stage to accept the Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series award.

In between announcing the Young Actor awards, presenters Karla Mosley, Jacob Young, and Linsey Godfrey also thanked Matt Lauer.

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Linsey said Matt Lauer's name five times, Jacob said it twice, and Karla said it once, for another $8,000. (Linsey, who recently broke both her legs after a terrible accident, joked, "I feel like that should count for at least six, cause I got hit by a car, you know?")


And Chrissy Tiegen, who stepped on stage to present with her Fab Life co-hosts, said, "Thank you, Matt Lauer. Thank you so much."

Then, when Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan weren't there to accept the award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host, the Fab Life co-hosts thanked Matt on their behalf.


That's one from Joe Zee, two from Chrissy Tiegen, two from Lauren Makk, and one from Leah Ashley, which is $6,000 more.

All of the The Bold and the Beautiful Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team recipients thanked Matt Lauer in unison.

And Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman, who accepted the Outstanding Game Show award.

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"I would like to thank my wife Judy for reminding me to thank Matt Lauer," he said. Another $1,000.


Nancy O'Dell took another opportunity to "donate" when she and her Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier presented the award for Outstanding Culinary Program and accepted it on behalf of Barefoot Contessa.

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They brought in another $3,000 when Kevin said, "And we also thank Matt Lauer. Thanks, Matt." Nancy reiterated, "Thanks, Matt."

When The Ellen Show executive producer Mary Connelly accepted the award for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment, she too thanked Matt.

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