NBC has reportedly approached Anderson Cooper to replace Matt Lauer on the "Today" show by the end of the year, according to Deadline.com.
The story gets a bit weird, however. Apparently, NBC reportedly asked Lauer for his blessing while courting Cooper. Instead, Lauer reportedly called Cooper to voice his discontent, which caught Cooper by surprise because he thought NBC was working with Lauer to make his possible hiring work.
This is worse than a soap opera. When does the evil twin separated at birth get a job interview?
Cooper is under contract with CNN, but has an out allowing him to work on CBS' "60 Minutes" and host his daytime talk show. Lauer signed a $25 million a year deal last year that will keep him on "Today" for at least another year.
NBC executives have supposedly not denied approaching Cooper, but said he will not be replacing Lauer. "As we've said before, Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the 'Today' show anchor chair for many years to come," Alexandra Wallace, NBC News' senior vice president, told THR.
Of course they do.
On Sunday, New York magazine released a story that Lauer considered going to ABC not so long ago. Before that, Lauer told the Daily Beast he thought NBC mishandled his former "Today" co-host Ann Curry's firing.
It's also been rumored that "Jeopardy" has approached Lauer about taking over as host when Alex Trebek retires.