Talk of Matt Lauer leaving NBC’s "Today"–which surfaced almost immediately after reports that co-host Meredith Vieira would be exiting the show when her contract is up in September–may be posturing by Lauer as he seeks to up his salary, TMZ.com reports.
NBC denies that negotiations are taking place, but the story cites sources connected with the network who indicate the timing of the two reports is no accident. The sources imply Lauer isn’t really interested in leaving the No. 1 morning news show, characterizing his rumored restlessness as a negotiating ploy.
According to the story, Lauer is currently making $17 million annually and would like to see that figure increase to $25 million.