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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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leisa     

Matt or any of them on there do not deserve 25 million a year i would do it for a million this is crazy that is why americans are watching more reality shows now as they don't get this stupid money to watch them read a prompt or paper

1105 days ago
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bolsen    

Matt Lauer is nothing more than a liberal biased bully with his own agenda. I stopped watching TODAY a long time ago because of him and will come back when he is finally gone. GIVE HIM THE AX!!!

1104 days ago
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Gerri    

These TV people are way overpaid. You know who pays their salaries? Whoever buys the products that are advertised on their shows that's who.

1103 days ago
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Sandra     

Not a fan of the show since Meredith left!! Anne does not cut it and she and Matt are not a good paring!! Matt is not worth more money and the show needs new people!!

965 days ago
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rita    

Why are Mat and Savannah doing the Golden Globes? Savannah is not aging well, they are both awkward with the stars. Neither have connection with their guests. Neither seem to care about the fans. Cold interviewers

459 days ago
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