Matt Lauer isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The TV host hast signed on for at least two more years to anchor the mornings on Today, for a whopping $20 million a year.
Lauer first joined Today in 1994 as a newsanchor, before becoming a coanchor in 1997. Multiple sources have reported that the contract has been signed for at least two months, which is good news for Today since they have been going through some recent modifications and changes to its anchor staff. Savannah Guthrie will soon go on maternity leave as her child is expected to be born sometime in December, and of course the Billy Bush fiasco led to his exit.
This move also comes after Lauer’s much criticized moderation of the Commander-in-Chief forum between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last September. Critics railed on Lauer’s repeated grilling of Senator Clinton on her email scandal, while simultaneously failing to fact check Trump on his Iraq War claims.
There was talk of Lauer leaving the show after his contract expired in 2014, but he ended up signing a similar deal for two years at $20 million a year. An NBC insider indicated that this new deal could take him well past 2018, but no one from either party could be reached for a comment.
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