14 March 2013 2:06 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Public perception toward Today’s Matt Lauer has suffered since the very public ouster of Ann Curry — and there is speculation that his days at NBC are numbered once his $25 million contract expires next year — but a news exec told the New York Times Thursday that NBC would like the 55-year-old anchor “to be in the chair as long as he would like to be.”

“We are aware of all the ridiculous rumors and gossip,” Alex Wallace, the NBC News executive in charge of Today, said. “We would like Matt Lauer to be in the chair as long as he would like to be. »


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