Watch Ellen DeGeneres Hilariously Prank Matt Lauer With Fancy Camera Tricks

Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres have been involved in an epic prank war for some time now, but this weekend the two put bygones aside to film a segment for the Daytime Emmy Awards… or did they? Check out the hilarious prank DeGeneres (seemingly unwittingly) pulls on Matt Lauer, below.

In the video, Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres declare a truce, kicking off the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Lauer says he agreed to pop up in the awards ceremony for the special segment, during which he announces that he will donate $1,000 to charity for anyone who thanks him during his or her big Daytime Emmy Awards speech. Unfortunately, despite Ellen and Matt agreeing the feud is now over, The Ellen Show host actually photoshopped Matt Lauer’s head onto the body of a fit dude wearing women’s lingerie for the segment. It’s a goofy but effective prank, and it was put together for the perfect audience this time around.


While Lauer has been pranked yet again, on the bright side, it all went to a good cause. This morning, Entertainment Tonight is reporting that a whopping 16 stars thanked Lauer during their Daytime Emmy Awards speeches. One of them, ET’s Nancy O’Dell, even managed to thank the host three separate times during her speech. So, even though Ellen meanly photoshopped the NBC host in another over-the-top costume, charity is still benefiting today.

If you aren't caught up on the DeGeneres and Lauer shenanigans, the war has been going on for sometime between the two early morning hosts. Initially, it began when DeGeneres photoshopped Lauer into a leather harness around the time Fifty Shades of Grey was released in theaters. Lauer, not to be outdone, gamely filled her car up with thousands of ping-pong balls. Then Ellen told her fans they could be entered into her “12 Days of Giveaways” giving if they tried to find out where Lauer is ticklish while he was outside hosting Today. The pranks have only escalated from there, and while Ellen tried to declare the war over last night, her actions spoke a whole lot louder than her words.

So, expect plenty of additional pranks to come from the two early morning hosts in the coming months. After all, pranks are kind-of what Ellen DeGeneres has become known for. In the meantime, you can check out the list of Daytime Emmy Awards winners here.

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