Katie Couric may join forces with her former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer as she pursues creating her own syndicated talk show, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times.
The pairing would be "intensely complicated," Carter writes, pointing out that Lauer’s NBC contract expires at the end of 2012, while Couric’s new show is expected to begin in September 2012. NBC is also expected to make what may be the "biggest offer in television news history to keep him at ‘Today,’" the article says.
As previously reported, Lauer, who currently makes $17 million annually, wants to receive an annual paycheck of $25 million to stay at the show. Couric is talking with Jeff Zucker, who originally paired Couric and Lauer on "Today," Carter writes.