Matt Lauer isn’t going anywhere soon. The “Today” anchor has extended his contract with NBC, despite losing the ratings race to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The report comes from the New York Times, which says Lauer’s new contract is for multiple years. It’s been an interesting few years for Lauer, between “Today’s” ratings win streak ending in 2012 and the controversial departure of former co-anchor Ann Curry. However, the network is standing by him. Though the details of the deal haven’t been revealed, it’s said to last longer than two years.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with Matt’s decision,” NBC News president Deborah Turness says in a statement. “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.” In a statement of his own, Lauer says, “I consider this the best job in broadcasting. I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”