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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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NDNchief    

Matt your being glib again. I predict that he won't get the 20 mil. Probably a modest increase in pay.

1258 days ago
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PRO US    

He may be worth 25. $25,000.

1258 days ago
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NDNchief    

Whoops I meant 25 million. My bad.

1258 days ago
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PRO US    

I meant 25 thousand.

1258 days ago
5.

Jon    

Is someone else going to pay more than 17 million for Matt?
What justifies 25 million?

1258 days ago
6.

sid    

Ridiculous. Makes me not even want to watch his overpaid a$$.

1258 days ago
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mrspatrickcampbell    

As a still hot - though elderly - homosexual Mary Lauer is lucky if she can make $100/hour by performing 'oral love' on other homosexuals!

1258 days ago
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thestones    

Let me make sure I understand? He wants more money to report on rising unemployement?

1258 days ago
9.

Chuck    

Greedy no talent bastard. He is only slightly good at interviewing. Notice his questions written out beforehand. I do not watch the show because of him anyway.

1258 days ago
10.

Betty    

HE IS RARELY THERE ANYMORE. ALWAYS GONE. REMINDS ME OF REGIS PHILBIN. WORKS VERY FEW HOURS FOR AN UNGODLY SUM OF MONEY AND IT'S NEVER ENOUGH. GREED WILL STUNT YOUR GROWTH!

1258 days ago
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JP    

And people wonder why cable prices are so blasted expensive. These salaries are the reason I canceled cable altogether. Someone else can pay Matt's $25 million salary.

1258 days ago
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♥TMZ but ...    

for what???

1258 days ago
13.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

why

1258 days ago
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mystery    

Go back to working at the clothing store, Matt! He needs to get over himself. I don't watch that show anymore.

1258 days ago
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carol    

Matt - Don't be greedy. You're not worth anything near that.

1258 days ago
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