As a result, Lauer replaced him for the sixth day of coverage, and hosted from February 11 until February 14.In November 2015, Lauer hosted an interview with Charlie Sheen, during which Sheen revealed that he was HIV-positive.On some occasions, Lauer has conducted interviews that escalated into tense exchanges.
By 1980, he had become an on-air reporter for the station's 6 p.m. He was also host of PM Magazine in Providence and then in 1984 at WNEW-TV in New York until the show's cancellation in 1986.
In 1986, he then moved on to co-hosting Made In New York on the station (now WNYW after Fox's 1985 purchase of the station) with Jill Rappaport for a fifteen-week run.
On September 8, 2016, Lauer conducted separate 30-minute interviews with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The New York Times reported that the reaction to Lauer's performance was "not kind".
They continued: 'He has been heavily rumoured for Celebs Go Dating but CBB bosses have got wind of this and are keen to sign him so he can complete a run in the show - he quit last year leaving viewers wanting more.' 'Jonathan can command big bucks so it's literally a bidding war to secure him,' the source revealed.
'It's late in the day for both shows so it's just a case of whoever comes up with the most cash and the right deal.'When Jonathan is on a show you know you get the Kardashian seal of approval.In 1986, he also co-hosted Fame, Fortune and Romance. He then headed to Boston in 1988 to host WNEV-TV's Talk of the Town.From 1989 to 1991, he returned to the New York market, this time to Secaucus, New Jersey's WWOR-TV, where he hosted 9 Broadcast Plaza, a three-hour live interview program.In 1990, he was hired by the Kushner-Locke Company to host a pilot called "Day In Court," executive produced by veteran producer David Sams, who helped to launch The Oprah Winfrey Show into national syndication.The program was retitled "Trial Watch" when it went to series, and ran on the NBC network for two seasons.In 1991 Lauer appeared as the co-host (along with Willow Bay) of "Etc., Etc.", a show on the Travel Channel.