April 6, 2012– Matt Lauer, the host of the Today show on NBC, ended any speculation of his departure. Lauer told his television audience on Friday he was remaining on the number one morning show in the U.S. Lauer signed a new long term deal to remain as the co-host of TV’s No. 1 morning show. He told everyone that the Today show co-anchors and crew were his family.
Even though Today has held an historical number one streak in the ratings, ABC’s Good Morning America has cut into NBC’s lead. The decision made by Lauer has provided stability for the show and put to rest any speculation he might hook up with Katie Couric his former co-host. Couric is launching a syndicated show in the fall.
Last May, Lauer said he had talked with Couric about joining her in the new venture, but at that time, he thought his stay at Today would continue for a long period. Lauer started on Today in 1994. He started as co-anchor in 1997. Since 1995, Today has remained the leader in daytime weekly ratings.
Insiders said Lauer would probably receive a deal of over $25 million, but Steve Capus the president of NBC said that was far away from the truth. NBC declined any comment about the contract details.