Report: Matt Lauer Leaving 'Today Show'
By AOL TV Editors Posted Apr 6th 2011 06:30PM
According to 'Entertainment Tonight,' Lauer will leave the top-rated daytime show when his contract is up. However, don't panic just yet -- Lauer's under contract until Dec. 31, 2012.
NBC issued the following statement to the New York Post regarding the possible departure of both of 'Today''s anchors: "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. Matt Lauer has a long-term contract with NBC News and 'Today.'"
Lauer has spent 13 years in the co-anchor seat, but he's been with 'Today' since 1994.
News of Lauer's intention to resign comes on the heels of widespread speculation regarding Vieira's departure after her contact expires in September 2011.
Lauer's former 'Today' co-host Katie Couric also made headlines for her expected June 2011 departure from 'CBS Evening News.' Couric is rumored to be looking at launching a daytime talk show with former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker.
Earlier this week a representative for 'Today' released this comment: "The 'Today' show anchors are currently under contract and firmly in place."