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Matt Lauer: $25 Million Today Show Pay Day For Show Host Matt Lauer?

Posted by Adam

Matt LauerMATT 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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  • flower

    WOULDN’T EVERYONE LIKE TO GET A RISE IN A PAYCHECK!!! HELLO, WERE IN A DEPRESSION….STOP BEING GREEDY AND GET A LIFE! HELP OTHERS AND BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GET!!! NO ONE SHOULD BE RECEIVING THIS BIG PAY ANYHOW….FOR WHAT…JUST TO REPORT SOME NEWS???? ARE YOU IN DEBT?? WELL, JOIN THE REST OF THE WORLD AND TRY TO LIVE WITHOUT A PAYCHECK!!!

  • http://showbizspy Karen

    You are kidding me!!!! $17 million is a ridiculous yearly salary, but $25 million is a travesty! People are struggling to survive on minimum wage with cost of living going up and up! You need to take a look at the real world! “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?”. Apparently not in the real one!!!!!

  • John

    how much does Matt really make per hour of ACTUAL WORK..that’s preparation and time in front of the camera????

  • Darell

    If he deserve it release it……..let us not hate…..them that do well in life…peace.

  • kate

    This is crushing news. Matt Lauer is an individual I respect, he’s a part of my every day. I am a Hospice nurse and sometimes when I am having a rough day I remember that Mr. Lauer once commented on his respect for Hospice nurses. That meant quite a lot. This made me kind of nauseous. I will never be able to watch Matt doing a special interest story on people coping with real time tragedy and suffering. This has left a bitter taste in my mouth.

  • Karin Svgaard

    This rumor is true. Matt is planning to ask for more money. No,it is not $25M. He is willing to walk away from NBC NOT because of the money, but because he is planning to divorce and has been advised (by NBC)NOT to initiate this while remaining at NBC due to ratings and followers. He is perfectly OK staying or going. Either way.

  • Joe

    Matt Lauer is over paid as it is,The Today Show wouold go on just the same without him.These people who think they are so imporant should drive by a cemetery if Lauer died The Today Show would be on the day of his funeral–ABC News never missed a beat when it’s star Peter Jennings died.I hope NBC calls Lauer’s bluff and let’s him go.

  • http://Yahoo Corrie

    Not worth one million. He is pretty average in all areas

  • Brian

    Matt Lauer is an over paid windbag. The Today show might become even better if he was gone. He is at best an average to below average journalist with lousy interviewing skills. But then again NBC has never done the right thing before, so why start now. I say reimage the entire show with all new people.

  • dave

    nbc will just jack up prices to the cable companys

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  • Lori minowa

    No one is worth that kind of money no one!!!!!! We are in bad economic times……what is soooooo great about him…..lots and lots of people who do outstanding jobs are not getting salary increases. Get rid of him and hire someone else….much cheaper.

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  • CHUCK2447

    And we wonder what is wrong with our economy?  What make MATT Lauer worth 25 million dollars a year?  He sits and reads news headlines.  What makes a Baseball player worth the millions they get paid and were does the money come from , from TV rights which is paid for by the adviser which means that WE pay for if all through commercials that are forced upon us. So let’s recap between news anchors, sports and the entertainment industry and OH we can’t forget our Politicians who are also millionaires, our economy is going down the tubes and NO ONE CARES.

    • Packerbacker

      Matt Lauer and the rest of his Liberal friends should volunteer to pay 50% in taxes.  They talk the talk they should walk the walk. 

  • Packers

    Matt Lauer and all of his Liberal friends should volunteer to pay 50% in taxes.  If there are going to talk the talk, they should walk the walk. 

  • Hrt

    Why in the world would you agree to pay matt lauer 26 million dollars a year (reported by The View).  He obviously talked you into getting rid of Ann and doubling his salary. He just reads the prop, that takes no special talent. Couric cold do that alone without him. Let him go as he announced. Won’t be watching anymore anyway.