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Matt Lauer

I'm Down w/ Anderson

Replacing Me on 'Today'

3/27/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sources connected with NBC tell TMZ ... network honchos approached Anderson Cooper about the possibility of replacing Matt Lauer on the "Today" show at some point ... not immediately but at some point.

There is a story on Deadline.com that Matt made a call to Anderson to express his disapproval   ... TMZ has confirmed that is inaccurate and that call never happened.

In fact, sources connected with the network and Lauer tell TMZ that Lauer is actually on board with the idea of Anderson replacing him ... and he actually planned to have a meeting with Anderson to sit down and discuss it. We're told Matt put that meeting on hold because of a negative article that appeared in "NY Magazine" a few days ago.

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su    

shouldn't matt be replaced by a similar prick?

474 days ago
2.

Truth    

ANDERSON SHOULD TAKE IT... HIS LAME DAYTIME SHOW IS BORING AS F*CK. TOTALLY SUCKS BALLS WHICH COOPER KNOWS SOMETHIN ABOUT, JUST SAYIN... #TRUTH!!

474 days ago
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Dobby    

Anyone would be an improvement over Matt Lauer.

474 days ago
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탑 TOP    

oh hell yes ;A;

474 days ago
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Michelle    

Matt, your time has been up. I never understood how you have lasted this long, with that nasty attitude and better then attitude... Anderson would be a great imporvement

474 days ago
6.

joy    

Id watch if Cooper took the job. Itd be even better if they got Ann back to coanchor instead of Savannah! 2 for the price of 1

474 days ago
7.

Edith    

Anderson does a great job as anchor!!

474 days ago
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footos    

I thought they wanted Willie Geist to replace Matt. Although i have to say if it's Anderson instead is ok.

474 days ago
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namers    

Anderson is terrific on his cancelled talk show (boo-hiss); he would be excellent on Today.

474 days ago
10.

barnyardhumor    

Just read that Cooper and Kathy Griffin taped a pilot for CNN - could possibly become a series for CNN.

474 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Pleads with "Today" show producers... please please please. Let the prick go.

474 days ago
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Mimi    

Wait. Is it me or wouldn't Today be a step backward for Anderson? Maybe the money's better, but cache of the stories he does on his own show on CNN beats the soft core publicity tour hosting that the "anchor" does on a morning show. I see Anderson as a serious journalist - think: war stories - a la 60 minute. He can write his own ticket! Sorry, Matt, another self-aggrandizing overreach, in my humble opinion.

474 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Although I find Anderson Cooper rather annoying in any capacity beyond being a field journalist/reporter I'd even be happy with Bieber replacing Matt Lauer. It will be worth a look if his pathetic sad old ass is gone.

474 days ago
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Nix    

The sooner the better~I like Anderson but anyone would be an improvement. over that self-important Dbag.

474 days ago
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Jody    

If Matt disapproves, he needs to talk to his bosses. The only reason to call Anderson is to try and intimidate him.

474 days ago
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