NBC’s “Today” co-host Matt Lauer has told the network that he will be leaving the show when his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
The “Today” show released a statement on Wednesday, that read, “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. Matt Lauer has a long term contract with NBC News and ‘Today.’”
Lauer’s decision comes as a surprise since his co-anchor Meredith Vieira has announced her own departure for this September.
Rumors say Lauer might be thinking of teaming with his former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric and his former “Today” show executive producer Jeff Zucker.
Katie Couric is reportedly planning to leave the CBS Evening News later this spring.
Meanwhile, the show commented on Tuesday: “The Today show anchors are currently under contract and firmly in place.”
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