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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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61.

patty    

GREED. He should be ashamed of himself. He's not all that and he definitely is losing his looks.

REPLACE HIM. Don't give in to him NBC!

1243 days ago
62.

SoThere    

I wonder how he gets his ego through doorways.
Fool, you're not worth $2.

1243 days ago
63.

Linda McDonald    

NBC do you really think Matt Lauer is worth 25 million? Is this the Super Bowl or morning television! I find him to be bland and aging! How about a fresh new face to replace both Matt and that tired looking Meredith. NBC, your viewers would appreciate it, maybe someone who can also entertain us.

1243 days ago
64.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I would do the show for 2.5 million no problem

1243 days ago
65.

billy    

Dear NBC:

Not worth it. The value of Today is its franchise, not the cast. Did anybody really stop watching the show because Katie left to become a "journalist"? Did anybody stop watching because Bryant left to become --- what did he become? I think I saw his brother on TV recently.

Love,
A concerned friend and GE stockholder

1243 days ago
66.

Lori    

Overpaid, under educated, talking clown head. How does that rate 25 mil. a year?

So this nonsense, along with the return of the Jersey Shore? DOES usher in the apocalypse after all.

1243 days ago
67.

kickaboo    

He's a child exploiter, reality show ass kisser.

1243 days ago
68.

NJR    

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1243 days ago
69.

Physical Graffiti    

He has a lot of nerve. Our police, fire and military will never make 17 million in their lives - and they risk their LIVES for us - and he has the audacity to ask for an 8 million dollar raise? Um, Matt, you do a news show! *blood boils*

1243 days ago
70.

elysummers    

How do you spend 25 mil dollars a year, or 10 for that matter? Can I have some?

1243 days ago
71.

cregis    

Does anybody really care who the anchors are on the Today Show?

1243 days ago
72.

gabriel23    

How about you shove that 17 mill and the 25 mill up your patoot you stingy a-hole. Or take 1 mill, and give the rest to the people of this world who have nothing. Greed shall tarnish ... so sad.

1243 days ago
73.

AntiPalinAlaska    

Matt's just being a Pea**** teaser.

1243 days ago
74.

lmg    

Big ego..Big payday! Make him go away...Shake a can of pennies at him! This is why I watch GMA!

1243 days ago
75.

sunshinerad    

what an overpayed as****.

1243 days ago
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