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Martha’s Match.com Men-apalooza on “Today”

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The 71-year-old media mogul received more than 20,000 page views within days after loading her profile on to the site. She then weeded through 1,000 date requests before singling out a pair of possible matches: Larry and Stan. “I’m slightly apprehensive, but not nervous,” she said before meeting both men on the TODAY set Thursday. [Today]

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TODAY on “Today,” Martha Stewart talked to Matt Lauer about her thousands of responses to her Match.com online ad.

On a side note, the bonus for Matt Lauer is that this gives him a chance to remake his tarnished image after the Ann Curry scandal. It’s the smartest move of his career and the smartest by “Today” in ages.

After all the crime news creepiness and sadness, we need a little love in our lives. A look into Martha Stewart’s bravery, as well as those of the men who jumped in to advertise they’re seeking someone to have fun with.

Stewart is revolutionizing the dating scene at 70! It’s fantastic.

Larry and Stan did a great job on “Today,” which isn’t easy when you’re ego and heart’s on the line.

“I want to stress, this is real reality… None of these have been set up. None of these are fake,” Martha Stewart made a point of saying. “It can be done, I hope.”

As a former relationship consultant and an expert on dating, love, sex, and online connections, I know it can be done, because I’ve seen it and used to help people do it.

From Today:

According to his Match.com profile, Larry says he is a romantic, “above all.” He loves movies, museums, Lincoln Center and holding hands. He enjoys traveling, swimming and feels comfortable in social settings but desires “the intimacy of a one-on-one relationship.” He seeks someone who will let him know “how connected we are even in a crowded room.”

Watch video: Martha Stewart on dating: ‘I like PDA’

Stan is a filmmaker who shoots independent features and commercials, including ones that featured Stewart for Kmart many years ago.

“I always really liked Martha; how could you not?” he told Lauer. The commercials turned out great, but nothing romantic emerged from the experience. Asked if he would have liked to date Stewart back then, Stan admitted: “I might have.”

Stan plays numerous sports, and enjoys gardening and meeting people in interesting places “spiced with fun,” according to his online profile. He counts “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Magnificent Seven” among his favorite movies and says describing his ideal woman is a bit like describing himself. He calls himself a positive person “always looking at the creative side of the world” and seeks a partner with a “mutually shared connection.”

A late entry crashed the “Today” show set. Zach Galifianakis came baring flowers, but Martha immediately rejected him.

h/t to DanielA

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