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.
I'm Down w/ Anderson
Replacing Me on 'Today'
3/27/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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