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A new cover story in New York magazine seeks to expose the mess that has led The Today Show to its lowest ratings in year.

And while author Joe Hagan reports that Matt Lauer nearly left for ABC last year, the most explosive passages document that anchor contentious relationship with Ann Curry.

Former Today Show Crew

"Everybody at NBC, everybody at the Today show, everybody understood that Ann was kicked out of her position because Matt didn't want her there," an important NBC staffer told Hagan for the story. "That's why it was so personal between Ann and Matt."

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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.

Matt Lauer on NBC

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/

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With talk continuing to fly that Matt Lauer may be fired as lead anchor of The Today Show, a new report suggests that the reporter is being wooed for another high-profile job:

Host of Jeopardy.

Matt Lauer, Scarf

Alex Trebek is expected to step down from the iconic game show when his contract is up in 2016, and The New York Post claims Lauer is a leading contender to replace him.

Sony Pictures Television is also considering Anderson Cooper, according to the newspaper

Can you picture Lauer trying to stump contestants with trivia question? Would he made a good Jeopardy host?

 

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Today's edition of the Today mill focuses on Ann Curry and her alleged reaction to reports that Matt Lauer may be fired from the struggling show.

If you assumed Curry would be laughing all the way to the bank with her severance check, think again. She's more upset with NBC than anything.

Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on Today

While plenty pissed at her former co-host - who she wishes would just shut up - Curry places the blame on NBC for empowering Lauer in the first place.

According to reports, the powers that be have allowed him to become a diva, when they should've limited his power and kept him focused on journalism.

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Embattled Today host Matt Lauer may soon be fired by NBC if the tanking morning show's fortunes don't turn around fast, according to a new report.

Lauer’s popularity has plummeted in the past year, according to the New York Times, and execs met with the staff to discuss the show's struggles.

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Staff members were alleged told that, “what matters most is the anchor connection to the audience; what we need to work on is that connection.”

“What they meant was Matt. But no one would say it,” one senior staff member told the Times about the meeting held to to discuss Today focus group data.

Lauer was not at that meeting.

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Ann Curry feels betrayed by NBC and Matt Lauer and just wishes her former Today colleague would shut his yap, according to a new tabloid report.

This week, he admitted the show messed up firing Curry - or at least how it was handled - but he also made other comments that were less flattering.

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer

He told the Daily Beast that she wasn’t his first choice to replace Meredith Vieira, and that he lobbied for Katie Couric to rejoin the show instead.

The two were even prepared to team up on a syndicated daytime show, but negotiations broke down and Katie went to ABC, while Matt stayed put.

Caught in the crossfire - as she was back then - is Ann.

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Where in the world is Matt Lauer?

It's a question The Today Show has asked for years, but the answer this week has created even more controversy around NBC.

TMZ has learned that Lauer is on vacation with his family in Vail, a seemingly innocuous luxury, except for two facts:

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  1. It is February Sweeps, the television period where ratings truly translate into advertising dollars.
  2. With Robin Roberts returning yesterday to Good Morning America, you would think Today would want its lead anchor in place to go up against such stiff competition.

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Al Roker pooped his pants at the White House not long after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

Talk about an easy set-up for a comedian, as Handler teed off on the subject during a recent episode of her E! News talk show, Chelsea Lately.

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“This isn’t the first time a Today show cast member was in the news about this sensitive subject," Handler told her audience. "For years it was common knowledge that Matt Lauer spent every morning sh-tting all over Ann Curry.”

Oooh, zing! Funny, right? Considering Lauer's rumored role in the Ann Curry firing?

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Largely blamed for Ann Curry's firing, Matt Lauer is reportedly trying to make it up to his former Today Show co-anchor.

According to Radar Online sources, the reporter is pushing NBC to grant Curry's wish and allow her to leave for CNN, where she's been offered a primetime hosting gig.

Matt Lauer and Anne Hathaway

“Matt thinks that NBC should let Ann out of her contract so that she can take the CNN gig,” an insider tells Radar. “He can’t imagine why the bosses are dragging their feet and are at a stalemate.

"It would allow Ann to get back on the air on a regular basis and everyone can move on from the debacle. Matt only wishes Ann the best and thinks it’s for the best if she were to take a job at another network.”

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