NBC Is Not Negotiating With Matt Lauer For $25 Million Payday
It was revealed earlier today that Matt Lauer was NOT interested in leaving his hit morning talk show The Today Show like his fellow cast members Meredith Vieira and Katie Couric, but was instead interested in a massive $25 million per year salary. We have now learned that the rumor is false.
NBC “sources” originally said that the rumors of Matt leaving the show were nothing more than a “well-time negotiating ploy” which Lauer started himself to receive more cash for his efforts on the show. Apparently Matt was simply taking advantage of Meredith’s announcement that she would leave the show after her contract expires in September.
Lauer on the other hand has a contract that extends through December 31, 2012 and according to an NBC spokesperson the network is:
“NOT in any negotiations with Matt … as he is under contract for a long time.”
Keeping Lauer however could be paramount for the shows success. Today has been the number one rated morning news show for 15 years and Lauer is currently earning $17 million per season to co-host the show.
I for one would stop watching if Lauer ever left.