'The Today Show' tour of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch: Jermaine tells Matt Lauer there might have been a Jackson 5 reunion

Matt Lauer turned an awkward media situation into fascinating television this morning. While the rest of various news outlets circled the Neverland Ranch due to the rumors of a Michael Jackson memorial that will apparently now not take place there, The Today Show went into the largely-empty mansion. The tour included a stroll through Jackson’s huge kitchen — “the size of Meredith [Viera]‘s kitchen,” noted Lauer slyly — on into Jackson’s bedroom. There, deep within a huge closet, Lauer revealed a small “secret room” that had triple locks.

Lauer also conducted an interview with Jermaine Jackson. “I wish it was me,” said Jermaine, referring to Michael’s death and sobbing. He said that Jackson’s three children, ages 12, 11, and 7, were taken to see their father’s body shortly after he died. Jermaine also addressed the question of the children’s custody by the Jacksons’ mother, Katherine. Lauer asked whether Katherine, at age 79, was up to such a task, Jermaine said she was indeed “capable… she loves the laughter and the kids.” Jermaine also said that there was some talk with Michael that after he had finished his solo tour, there was the possibility of a Jackson 5 reunion. Lauer said the quarters for the children in the house were “understated… not over-the-top at all.” There was also a classroom on the grounds, since the children were home-schooled. Jermaine also told Lauer that he hopes Michael’s “final resting place” will be the Neverland Ranch. Working on a story that can frequently become melodramatic, Lauer conducted a calm, classy series of reports throughout this morning’s Today Show.

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  • K.

    Lauer has always been a class act!

  • Erica

    My heart goes out to him. :-(
    Still, what is up with the Jackson 5 reunion myth? EVERY time one of the brothers has been interviewed in recent decades, they have suggested Michael was going to do a reunion. Sorry, but if he didn’t do it in 20 freaking years, then he wasn’t going to do it! He knew how to arrange a family collabo when he wanted to. He worked with Rebbie, Janet, and Tito’s nephews (3T) over the years. Clearly he was NOT interested in the Jackson 5 reunion. It’s sad that the Jackson’s seem so fixated on glory and fame even when EVERYONE else knows it has been over.

  • Yolanda

    Not trying to be mean – but was Jermaine’s hair painted on? The sides & back didn’t even look real. Anyone else notice this?

  • cwestbrook1111@yahoo.com

    Sounds like this was very nice. I wish I had watched. I don’t watch Today or Matt Lauer. Matt loves Matt way too much.

  • Pam

    I think that the media need to give Michael’s true Fans time to heal. What an invasion, going through his stuff like that. This is so out of control. God bless Michael, and may he truly rest in peace.

  • Austin

    Does anyone know when this full segment will air again?

  • Austin

    Does anyone know when the full segment of this interview will air again?

  • Tessa

    enough already—-don’t think the Pope dying got this over-coverage
    May he rest in peace now—lets hope other’s that rely on drugs get the message.

  • tessa

    I did think Matt’s presentation was very good!

  • Clive

    I agree with you, Pam. This media is out of control as always – going into Michael’s bedroom?? Good god – he’s not even buried yet. Also, what are you trying to imply by bringing up the triple-locked door??? Media and those of you who suck this stuff up, get a grip on yourselves! Michael was a brilliant, creative genius. Michael turned away from Neverland because of this kind of intrusion. Stop.

  • suz

    I have never posted a comment before on anything until today.
    I am so disgusted and disapointed with all this coverage the Today show is giving Micheal Jackson
    Enough is enough can we get back to the world most of us live in.

  • Basil

    The madness continues. This kind of coverage is outrageous. Matt Lauer is a d*uche-bag. As is always the case where Michael is concerned, the crass public and media will milk this until there’s no more money to be had. I guess we’re in for a long haul. Michael, we love you. You were a true musical and creative genius.

  • Lee

    I felt really uncomfortable watching the coverage … I was thinking of what was alleged to have happened at the house … and most of all, the hypocrisy of the US media who are now falling all over themselves now that MJ is gone. All they’ve covered in the last decade has been the bad and bizarre … can’t have it both ways.

  • Mz

    I think it’s odd that the family wants to turn Neverland into a family retreat when Michael didn’t want to have anything to do with it after the trail. I have a feeling the Jackson family will milk Michael’s death for all it is worth. He will be over-exploited for many years to come. I wouldn’t put it past them to try to turn Neverland into Graceland. It’s like they are trying to worm their way into MJ’s life anyway they can, even though he’s dead.

  • Just enjoying the view

    You can go watch this again Austin at http://www.todayshow.msnbc.com

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