Anderson Cooper Today host to replace Matt Lauer? NBC denies reports

By on Mar 28, 2013 in Entertainment, Television, United States Comments

Will Anderson Cooper be Today‘s host replacing Matt Lauer? Well, this is the question that runs into the mind of those who read the report on Deadline.com on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, saying that Anderson Cooper was approached to be possible replacement of Matt Lauer on the Today show.

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“I hear NBC toppers recently reached out to CNN‘s Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on the show before the end of the year. After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC reached out to Lauer to get his blessing about the changeover.” Nellie Andreeva wrote on Deadline that day.

“But I heard they got pushback from the Today veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval. I also hear that call caught Cooper by surprise, as he had assumed Lauer had been brought on board before NBC began making overtures.” Andreeva added, with Cooper to be the latest rumored replacement of Lauer.

Apparently, a report at The New York Times this Wednesday supported the report, saying that three people with knowledge with the said call, but requested their identities not be revealed, allegedly confirmed that the call took place. It remains unclear as who from NBC made the call to Anderson Cooper.

Nevertheless, a later report from TMZ said that the report is not accurate and that no call was made. In fact, the paper said that sources from NBC and Matt Lauer told them that the latter “is actually on board with the idea of Anderson replacing him.”

However, Huffington Post reported also this Wednesday that Alexandra Wallace, who oversees NBC‘s Today show, sent them a statement, denying the rumors of Anderson Cooper replacing Matt Lauer as the host of the said show at the end of 2013. Cooper‘s current contract at CNN is set to expire this fall.

“As we’ve said before, Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the ‘Today‘ show anchor chair for many years to come.” Wallace tells the report. This is despite the never-ending controversy that started when Ann Curry left the show last June and ABC‘s Good Morning America surpassed the show’s ratings.



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