NBC’s “Today” co-host Matt Lauer has told the network that he will be leaving the show when his contract expires in December 2012, Entertainment Tonight reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed source.
The “Today” show released a statement that neither confirmed nor denied the report.
“There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it’s not our practice to comment on any of it,” it read. “Matt Lauer has a long term contract with NBC News and ‘Today.'”
The news comes on the heels of a report from TV Guide that said Lauer’s co-host Meredith Vieira was set to leave the show when her contract expires in September.
Vieira joined the show in 2006 after Katie Couric left NBC to become anchor for the “CBS Evening News.”
Vieira, who previously appeared on ABC’s “The View,” initially signed a three-year contract to join the show but when that expired, she only agreed to remain alongside Lauer on a year-by-year basis.
The New York Times also cited sources saying Vieira would leave this year, and touted “Today” news anchor Ann Curry, 54, as a likely replacement.
Meanwhile, former “Today” anchor Couric, will reportedly leave her post at CBS to be replaced by veteran journalist Scott Pelley, a long-time “60 Minutes” correspondent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Couric will likely step down from CBS’ “Evening News” in June to launch a syndicated talk show.
Source: Entertainment Tonight