Matt Lauer nearly left 'Today' for ABC -- report

Another day, another report about behind-the-scenes drama at the "Today" show involving Ann Curry's departure. A new story in New York magazine claims that Matt Lauer very nearly jumped ship for ABC last year, after it was leaked that Ryan Seacrest had been approached to replace him on the morning show.While NBC execs attempted to assure Lauer that they weren't looking to edge him out and only viewed Seacrest as an "insurance policy" should Lauer decide to explore other avenues, the anchor reportedly became angry when he learned the talks with Seacrest had been leaked.At the same time, he and former co-anchor Katie Couric approached Jeff Zucker at ABC about a daytime talk show the two would host together, the report claims. As a part of the deal, Lauer would also have had a role on ABC News. ABC executives believed that Lauer had given them a verbal agreement that he would leave the Peacock...


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