AceShowbiz - While rumors have spread like wild fire that %cAnderson Cooper% is being eyed to replace %cMatt 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 %cAnn 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 %cAlex Trebrek% on "Jeopardy!" if the game-show's host decides to step down from the position.