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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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Trish    

Why doesn't Obama say something about this amount of $ to Matt Lauer!! Oh that's right, Matt's a LIBERAL!!

995 days ago
92.

Missy    

Awfully arrogant there Lauer! Don't you realize your gray, balding arse can easily be replaced? Your time is up!

995 days ago
93.

Mary Marra    

These people get paid way too much money. He definitely doesn't deserve $30 million. That is ridiculous. He should be happy he has a job. So many people are without work and here he and so many other celebrities and athletes complain they get to little. Poor Babies. Why don't they live like middle class do and see how much they would appreciate what they get. I wish my husband would make even a 10th of what they all get. Very sad and greedy people. Good riddance to Matt Laurer and his kind.

995 days ago
94.

Seldombinlaid    

I've never really watched Matt on anything. But, from his facial expression on here, he looks like one of those guys that has an opinion of himself, that no one else shares with him. 30 Million is just crazy. Ask the President of our country how much he makes a year. Trust me there's no comparison. Who does this guy think he is? He has alot of nerve making fun of Republicans from what I hear.

995 days ago
95.

sassy    

fire his ass

995 days ago
96.

edd    

that show is so stale. nbc is the channel in our town, but i can hardly watch it with the cast they have now. it would be refreshing to have new faces on that show.

995 days ago
97.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Hair Plugs are expensive. so.....

995 days ago
98.

damnthis    

Please...they should be paying him $30M to "leave"!...what's he gonna do...become a news anchor at CBS?...yeah right...we all know that Today Show hosts are overrated...Don't we Katie Couric?

995 days ago
99.

SailorChick    

Is he helping to generate that back in revenue or advertisements is my question? Value add begets high salary.

995 days ago
100.

arealrascal    

Matt Lauer is a tool. Remember when he scored an interview with Robert Shapiro and the segment turned out to be nothing but an ad for Legal Zoom? That was one of the best trolls I've ever seen on TV!

995 days ago
101.

Michelle    

Please let Matt go!!Bring in someone cool and fun! Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez, Andy Cohen... Matt is washed up..over it!

995 days ago
102.

minnietx    

Really its time to cut him loose, all he does is get up early in the morning, a limo picks him up, he sits in the make up chair demanding breakfast and starbucks, reads some words on a paper, takes his limo back home to nap or sail on a boat. Ugghhh!! Go please....

995 days ago
103.

Gretchen    

OMG how big is that ego of his? I don't think sports stars are worth what they get paid, let alone a show anchor!! Come on you guys, get down in the trenches with us and see how you like minimum wage!!

995 days ago
104.

Walter    

Wonder if the Occupy folks will scream and squawk about this? Probably not - they only whine about Wall Street types. The liberal left can make as much as they want.

995 days ago
105.

minnietx    

I vote George Lopez, hilarious and a doll!! Shake that place up.....dulll

995 days ago
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