MATT Lauer doesn’t really want to leave NBC’s Today show — he’s just holding out for a huge pay rise.
According to TMZ, Lauer — who already earns $17 million a year for hosting the program — wants his salary boosted to a whopping $25 million per year.
“Talk about Matt leaving Today is nothing more than a well-timed negotiating ploy,” a source said.
It’s also believed that Lauer’s co-host, Meredith Vieira, is eying an exit from the show. Vieira’s contract expires in September.
Reports in December claimed Lauer was planning to demand a salary increase by using his star power with NBC when he renegotiates his contract in 2012.
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