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June 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Lauer has seen a host of co-hosts depart the Today show over the years, but he’s not going anywhere. NBC said on Thursday that it had signed Lauer to a multiple-year contract extension. (It did not disclose the precise number of years.) Although some columnists have blamed Lauer for the tumult that eroded the morning show’s ratings and allowed ABC’s Good Morning America to take the lead two years ago, NBC has continued to back him. "NBC has now made that backing official," the New York Times commented today (Friday), as it noted that Today has been moving closer and closer to its rival’s ratings. In a statement issued by the network, NBC News President Deborah Turness was quoted as saying, "We couldn’t be more thrilled with Matt’s decision. As I’ve said many times before, he’s the best in the business, and there is nobody I would rather have in the Today anchor chair than Matt." For his part, Lauer said, "I consider this the best job in broadcasting." He reportedly earns $20-25 million per year.