Matt Lauer May Be Leaving Today Show

News follows report that Meredith Vieira is going, too

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2011 5:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – The morning show intrigue continues: On the heels of a report that Meredith Vieira will be leaving the Today show comes another that says co-host Matt Lauer is on his way out, too. An anonymous insider tells Entertainment Tonight that Lauer won't renew his contract in December, and ET raises the inevitable speculation that he'll rejoin Katie Couric—who's leaving CBS News—in her next venture.

Both the Vieira and Lauer reports are based on anonymous sources, and NBC isn't saying much: "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it," says a network statement. "Matt Lauer has a long-term contract with NBC News and Today."

In this Aug. 6, 2010, file photo, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, co-hosts of the NBC Today program, are shown during a broadcast in New York.
In this Aug. 6, 2010, file photo, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, co-hosts of the NBC "Today" program, are shown during a broadcast in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
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