NBC Executive: There's No Plan to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'

March 28, 2013 08:30:49 GMT

Responding to rumors that they are approaching Anderson Cooper to be the new 'Today' host, NBC News exec Alex Wallace says, 'We want [Lauer] in the 'Today' show anchor chair for many years to come.'

NBC Executive: There's No Plan to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'
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While rumors have spread like wild fire that Anderson Cooper is being eyed to replace Matt Lauer on "Today", a top NBC executive claims there's no plan for a shift on the morning program. News executive Alex Wallace said on Wednesday, March 27, "Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the 'Today' show anchor chair for many years to come."

Wallace's denial came after Deadline reported that NBC's execs had reached out CNN news anchor Cooper about replacing Mauer as the "Today" host before the end of the year. A source who spoked on condition of anonymity confirmed the news to the Associated Press, noting that the discussions were private.

Lauer has been rumored being on the chopping block despite the network's attempts to rebuild his image following Ann Curry's firing, which many people blamed on him. "Today" itself is currently trying to regain its position as No. 1 morning program after "Good Morning America" ended "Today" feat last year.

Lauer and Cooper were recently mentioned as possible candidates to replace Alex Trebrek on "Jeopardy!" if the game-show's host decides to step down from the position.


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posted by srarthur on Mar 29, 2013
Lauer is a pompous pr*@k!
posted by JoeLunchbucket on Mar 28, 2013
Dump #1 rated Leno and keep last place Lauer ?
posted by mainer on Mar 28, 2013
Say goodbye NOW!
posted by MrsHumphries on Mar 28, 2013
What idyutz.
posted by senecaind on Mar 28, 2013
Bad Decision NBC!
posted by woods on Mar 28, 2013
Get rid of the bagel boy! He's a total A#@hole!
posted by Kuss on Mar 28, 2013
Replace Matt Lauer now.

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