Matt Lauer will remain the co-host of NBC’s Today show after Lauer signed a long term contract with the network to end months of speculation about his possible departure.
On Friday morning, Matt Lauer announced on Today that he would remain as co-host of the popular NBC morning show. Although terms of the deal were not made public, Matt Lauer revealed on Friday that Today was his professional family and that he loved working with everyone involved in the show.
The news put an end to months of speculation that Matt Lauer would leave the Today show and that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest would possibly take over. Earlier this week, however, Seacrest did ink a deal with NBC for Summer Olympics coverage along with his duties at E!.
Despite how some insiders speculated that Seacrest was being lured by NBC as a replacement for Matt Lauer on Today, Lauer set the record straight on Friday with a brief announcement before continuing his regular Today show co-hosting duties.
[Sources: NBC, NY Daily News]