In addition to Katie Couric leaving CBS, there are reports that Matt Lauer is leaving NBC’s ‘The Today Show.’ Lauer allegedly told his bosses he won’t renew his contract when it expires on Dec. 31st 2012. This would make for quite a shakeup in the TV world with so many big-name personalities leaving their current posts. (In addition to Lauer and Couric, Meredith Vieira is also leaving ‘The Today Show’ in September and Glenn Beck announced he will be leaving Fox News at the end of June.)
Per NY Daily News:
If the report is true, Lauer, 53, is giving his bosses an unusually long period to prepare for his exit.
The question now is where will Matt Lauer go? Maybe Oprah has a secret plan in order to hire Beck, Lauer, Couric, and Viera for her O Network? Or could he be thinking about re-teaming with his former ‘Today’ show co-host Couric and his former ‘Today’ show executive producer Jeff Zucker? It has been widely speculated that Couric is expected to leave ‘CBS Evening News‘ and launch her own talk show with Zucker. Things that make you go hmm…
But don’t start crying into your morning coffee just yet, however… NBC is currently denying reports that their morning team consisting of Lauer and Vieira are exiting, saying that Lauer has a long-term contract with the show, and dismissing it as nothing more than speculation. I guess for now we’ll just have to thank our lucky stars that Al Roker is staying put. Right? …Right?
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