As NBC considers whether or not to fire Matt Lauer, a new report states that the network was nearly rid of the anchor a year ago.
According to New York magazine, Lauer was ever so close to leaving for ABC last year once his Today Show contract was up.
He nearly bolted once news spread that Ryan Seacrest was up for his job.
Joe Hagen writes that Lauer learned of the Seacrest rumor "while being forced to stand outside the security gate at the White House Christmas party because Ann Curry had forgotten her driver’s license" and, as a result, grew especially bitter at NBC/
He had discussions about joining former Today Show co-host Katie Couric for a daytime talk show on ABC, but instead used these negotiations to bargain for a better deal at NBC.
And he ended up signing a new, $25 million/year deal.
And it's all been downhill ever since. Today Show ratings are tanking, Lauer has been blamed for Curry's firing and he recently admitted that many mistakes have been made.