Matt Lauer to Stay with ‘Today’

By Chris Ariens Comment

1364398054_matt-lauer-articleMatt Lauer has re-signed with NBC News, remaining as “Today” show co-anchor.

The NYTimes reports NBC executives “did not disclose the exact term of the new deal but indicated it was for more than two years.” Lauer’s current contract, which paid him a reported $20 million a year, was set to expire in the coming months.

“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”

A “Today” insider tells TVNewser, “It’s a very happy day around here. Everyone on set from the cast, crew and staff is just thrilled.”

Lauer has been co-anchor of “Today” since 1997, and was news anchor for the three years prior. The show experienced a rough 2012. It saw its 16-year winning streak broken by “Good Morning America” in April of that year, then in June, experienced the messy departure of Ann Curry as co-anchor of the show. “GMA” has remained in first place since.