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If rumors are to be believed, then Matt Lauer is a classic example of a douchebag. Just one day after co-host Meredith Vieira announced that she is seriously considering leaving The Today Show once her contract is up, a report surfaced saying that Lauer would also be departing the show at the end of his contract in Dec. 2012.

During his tenure with the show, the anchor’s name has become synonymous with The Today Show name, giving him a significant amount of power within NBC News. TMZ is now reporting that Lauer is using that control to its highest advantage. Contrary to early reports, Lauer is not looking to leave The Today Show at all.

Instead, the rumors of his departure were planted as a seed designed to get into the minds of NBC executives and pressure them into giving him a raise upon renewal of his contract. Lauer currently receives $17 million/year, but is looking to ask for up to $25 million/year.

Clearly, having been in the business for 15 years has taught Lauer a thing or two about the rules of the game. He is certainly looking to make bank on the fame and success that The Today Show has given him over the years.

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-Dee Lockett

Last year, the trend seemed to be news anchors getting sacked left and right for bad judgment calls. Fast forward to 2011 and it appears this is the year the future members of the media will refer to as the year the female news anchor became extinct.

Like clockwork, just two days after Katie Couric announced her departure from CBS’s Evening News, Meredith Vieira is now expected to leave NBC’s Today show when her contract expires in September. Another one bites the dust.