Matt Lauer sticks with NBC Today
Matt Lauer will end speculation about his future and remain as host of the NBC Today show.
Longtime NBC Today show Matt Lauer is set to announce that he has signed a long-term contract to remain as host, an NBC News spokeswoman has confirmed.
Lauer, who has been with the show since 1994, is widely seen as one of the best parts of the program. But TMZ reports it’s bad news for Ann Curry, because sources say Lauer does not want her as his co-host, and it appears her fate is now sealed.
The news comes at a time when former Today host Kate Couric appeared as a guest-host on rival ABC show Good Morning America.
Despite its lead for 16 years, Good Morning America came as close as 119,000 viewers last week – the closest edge in seven years.
This week Today enlisted the help of Sarah Palin as a guest host and Ryan Seacrest as a new contributor. Some were expecting Seacrest to become a possible Lauer replacement.