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Matt Lauer

I'll Stay at 'Today' ...

If You Pay Me a Fortune

2/10/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Matt Lauer has softened his position about leaving "Today" in December at the end of his contract -- that is, if NBC antes up a record amount of money.

Sources connected to NBC tell TMZ ... Lauer was done with "Today" and wanted out -- but the word at the network is he will now re-sign if NBC ponies up way more than the $17 mil he's currently making.

We're told negotiations are now ongoing -- but if NBC agrees ... Lauer could score as much as $30 MILLION a year.

As for why the change of heart -- there are two schools of thought according to network sources. Some say Lauer changed his mind when network execs made it clear they were extremely interested in tapping Ryan Seacrest as Matt's replacement -- in other words, he got a little jealous.

But there's another school of thought -- that Lauer has wanted to re-sign all along and just played the "I'm leaving" card to score a bigger pay day.

As for whether Lauer is worth $30 mil ... to put it in context, "Today" makes roughly $450 million a year for the network ... more than any other show on NBC.

So we gotta ask ...

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billy    

Two words, Matt...
Buh bye

896 days ago
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Ryan    

He's nuts

896 days ago
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jason    

don't you think putting photos along with stories like this is a more than a little misleading? it happens all the time and really sways one's feelings about a story. Matt was not talking about this with this photo you used to accompany this story.its one of the true faults of what you do. The story is fine, but to put a photo that has nothing to do, but rather forces the story isn't good journalism.

896 days ago
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Trinny    

Greedy Greedy man !! Shame on any one who demands that amount of money.

896 days ago
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mrcdsbnz    

go for it matt. you deserve it after five years with meredith i want battle pay and i didn't have to work with her. you deserve the money and a medal. seacrest sucks. he'll draw his little teenybopper friends and the today show will be the maybe today show!!!LOL

896 days ago
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Fat Mike    

He's past it now. NBC need to look at a whole new line-up for that show.

896 days ago
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Superman    

Cut him loose! Nobody should think they deserve to be paid that much in a year! What does he REALLY do anyways? He asks scripted, empathetic questions and reads from a teleprompter. You call that deserving to be paid millions of dollars?!? You can get a lot of people to do that for a lot less money.

896 days ago
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eil sun    

duh..ive got a lot of money sir

896 days ago
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Kabala    

I don't want him OR Seacrest

896 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

he isnt worth this.he doesnt even report the news.just the biased obama nut hugging NBC crap he spews..its funny he is a lib and supports OWS wonder how the occupy guys/gals feel about this.one of their lib supporters getting paid 17 mil to show biased news and wanting more?

896 days ago
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The Real JJ    

Lauer isn't worth that kind of money he should be happy with what he is getting. NBC should invest that money in looking for new talent for the show. If he leaves nobody gonna stop watching because he gone.

896 days ago
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moxie    

Get rid of Lauer. I'd love to see Ryan instead.

896 days ago
13.

JJ    

WHO THE HELL EVEN WATCHES NBC OR THIS DOPE ANYMORE?

896 days ago
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disinter    

If he wants to make some serious bucks he ought to team up with TMZ like the other spammers that post here 24/7.

896 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

With "celebrity" status, comes the over-inflated EGO and GREED. Just like the CEO's he would report about with their "greedy requests for MORE MORE MORE".

896 days ago
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