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6/13/2014 5:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Lauer Contract Extended
Matt Lauer places silver in the morning show ratings, but he's gold at NBC ... because the network has just re-signed him for multiple years.

Lauer has been through a rough few years, playing the role of scapegoat for NBC's botched firing of Ann Curry.  And the show slipped from ratings dominance.

But the criticism has subsided and the show's rating have gone up some ... so NBC just re-signed Lauer with just a few months to go before his contract expired.

Lauer was earning around $30 million in his last contract, and it's a safe bet he got a raise.
 
This could be an interesting summer for the show.  Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, and the plan was for Katie Couric to temporarily re-team with Matt.

Another good lesson ... you can never take a snapshot of someone in troubled times and assume things won't get better.

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1.

JP    

They need fresh blood at NBC. Sick of Al and Matt. Savannah Guthrie is lame too.

82 days ago
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Kartrashian Klown    

He's the scapegoat and will continue to be. On the other hand he has his price. Idk whether to call him a loser or genius? Yup. Hes a loser. By the looks of it he'll retire with nbc. Hes aging fast.

82 days ago
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zombie    

He was not the scapegoat, he was one of the main reasons Ann Curry was fired and everyone knows that. He did not get a raise. NBC let it be known a long time ago if Lauer wanted to continue his pay would be less. NBC has been trimming the fat in both the news departments and entertainment. The only NBC employee getting huge hunks of cash is that awful Fallon and his lame ass Tonight Show.

82 days ago
4.

Steve    

It's Guthrie but Matt is a douche nozzle

82 days ago
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cementmixer    

Can't stand him.

82 days ago
6.

Areukiddingme?    

Boo! Hiss!

82 days ago
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ivan    

1 - rich people problems

82 days ago
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Mr. Pukey    

Pompous a$$ needs to go.

82 days ago
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Damage Inc    

Natalie Morales should run the whole show!....topless.

82 days ago
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Lisa    

I know a lot don't like him but I really think he's the best interviewer on the morning shows. He's great at the job and his interviewing skills is by far better than any of the others. And he adds wit and humor. If NBC wants to extend him, I have no complaints.

82 days ago
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Ace    

Yeah, but is it worth all that money having to get up at 2 or 3am. At least at my factory job I sleep till 6am.

82 days ago
12.

iCn2u    

Good Morning America all the way!

82 days ago
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woolly -Bear    

Matt's a Bald S#IT stain on America. 30 million last contract are you F#CKING kidding me. That's vile. This Pretentious Douche Bag isn't worth the pot to piss in F#CKING GIMP.. The Canadians..... ;)

82 days ago
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Starbum    

I quit watching Today show because how he treated Ann Curry, he's a pompous old ass. I'll stay with Good Morning America.

82 days ago
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MyOpinionOnly    

Hmm... Interesting. I quit watching the show cuz he has turned into a pompous azzz and made the show unbearable. Savanna is awful too so not sorry i quit. Today show has lost their appeal and need new people for me to come back.

82 days ago
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