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Matt Lauer

Jockeying for

$25 MILLION Payday

4/8/2011 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Matt Lauer is not seriously interested in leaving NBC -- unlike his co-host Meredith Vieira -- but he is bucking for a massive raise to $25 million dollars per year.

Matt Lauer Leaving NBC
Sources connected with NBC tell us all the talk about Matt leaving NBC's "Today" is nothing more than a well-timed negotiating ploy.  Remember, the Matt buzz started right after reports surfaced Meredith will leave in September.

"Today" has been the #1 morning news show for 15 years -- a virtual cash register for the Peacock -- and we're told Matt wants his slice of the pie ... in other words ... $25 mil.

Lauer currently gets by on $17 million per year. 

UPDATE: A rep for NBC says they are "NOT in any negotiations with Matt ... as he is under contract for a long time."

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16.

mija    

More money grubbing losers who will never invest in something to help people who are struggling with their lives and only spend it on pure junk. Do these people really deserve this kind of money? No way!

1259 days ago
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Susan62509    

Amazing how people get over-confident thinking they can't be replaced. Time for a reality check especially during a recession.

1259 days ago
18.

memyselfandI    

I like him....but not that much! Unless he is going to give the entire increase to charity every year the current 17 mil is a great plenty.

1259 days ago
19.

CC    

I can't blame the guy. I couldn't live on $17 million a year either....

1259 days ago
20.

Jim    

Wow, that's about $47 per second! eating, sleeping, working, travelling, whatever, he's making 47 bucks a frig'n second (average over the year).

I hate my life.

1259 days ago
21.

awika    

C'mon,
Lets get back to Reality...
He Ain't worth 1/2 of that..
Matt, Time to get off your high horse Pal.
You gotta walk, b-4 ya run......
Bring Katie back !!!!!!

1259 days ago
22.

FreakHater    

It's hard to understand that any human on this earth is worth that kind of money!! To me, it's a friggin' job, he gets out of bed the same way we all do, and puts his pants on the same way we all do, why is his pay so ridiculously high!!! And this includes sports players, key word players!! Millions to "play" football,or basketball and so on! I just don't get it........... Greedy spoiled jerk!!!!

1259 days ago
23.

Kathy    

The richer they are, the more they want. Greed is the word of the day.

1259 days ago
24.

Truth    

MATT IS A LITTLE WUSS FOR REAL!! $25 MIL TO READ A DAMN TELEPROMPTER??? HIRE ME. I'LL READ IT FOR A PAY CUT - $15 MIL. HAHA.

1259 days ago
25.

Ginger    

Aw, he's so special. He thinks he's worth $25 million. He will preach to us about carbon footprints all the while driving huge vehicles and living in multi-million dollar homes that need thousands in electricity a year. You think they are all hypocrites?

1259 days ago
26.

dinobabe47    

TEACHERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE BEING LAID-OFF, AND THESE BOZO'S HAVE THE AUDACITY TO ASK FOR THIS KIND OF MONEY...PLEASE AMERICA WAKEUP!

1259 days ago
27.

kar    

I like Matt but getting paid millions of dollars is crazy. I don't believe anyone should make that kind of money. Maybe if all these major stars who earned all this money spread it around maybe the United Staes wouldn't be having money problems. I also don't think that people who play sports should earn that kind of money. Give it to the teachers, nurses, police, fire fighters or any people who actually do something productive that helps people!!!

1259 days ago
28.

dinobabe47    

Thank you kar

1259 days ago
29.

michele    

sorry but NOBODY is worth that much

1259 days ago
30.

uncle buck    

i wouldn't pay him anything. he's so ugly he repels viewers. no one watches that show regardless.

1259 days ago
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