Matt Lauer, the host of “Today Show” on NBC, almost jumped networks recently. There is already a lot of furor over Jay Leno losing his place in the “Tonight Show”. According to rumors, Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Leno soon. Fans of Leno will certainly not like this a bit. It remains to be seen how Jimmy Fallon performs, if that is, he indeed replaces Leno.
The Today Show is also going through a bit of a crisis, Ann Curry who was a significant part of the show left abruptly. This has shaken the cast and crew, but that was not the only problem. Matt Lauer almost left this show as well and went for ABC, when he found out that he could be replaced by
The People Magazine has backed this report too. They say that ABC was going to offer Matt a huge contract to take him away from NBC. ABC wanted to push down the rankings of NBC and get Matt Lauer to be a permanent part of their channel. In fact, according to reports, there was a good chance that the plan would succeed. But eventually it failed. When Matt found out that he was not going to be replaced after all, he decided to stay back with NBC.
According to the plans, Lauer would reunite with the former host Katie Couric. They would host a day time talk show. ABC is sure to feel disappointed now that Lauer has decided to remain with NBC.
Hollywood Reporter has recently labeled Matt Lauer as the most powerful face on American news. Matt just joked about it when he learned of this report.
It seems things have turned quite sour between Matt and Ann Curry since he got this stamp of approval from Hollywood Reporter. This is what prompted Ann to leave “The Today Show”. But frankly, Matt did receive some flak even from those who liked him. This is precisely what prompted NBC to think of replacing him. Nobody is indispensible, as they say.
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