"Today" Show Grounded By Swine Flu

05/31/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The "Today" show has postponed its upcoming vacation series over the swine flu outbreak.

The morning show opted not to send Matt Lauer on his annual globetrotting "Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?" series due to the recession, opting instead to explore affordable vacation destinations within the United States. The show was set to tape from Key West, San Antonio, and a surprise location next week.

But due to fears of swine flu, and the anchors' need to cover the developing story from New York, the show has delayed the trip.

"Because of the developing swine flu story, we have decided to postpone our 'Today Takes A Vacation' trip to San Antonio and Key West," a "Today" show rep said in a statement. "Given the uncertain direction of this story, we are in a better position to cover it fully with all of our anchors, staff and crew at our home base in New York. We have not yet set a new date for the trip, but we look forward to visiting these great cities soon."

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