Fate - or Comcast, really - has given Matt Lauer a chance to redeem himself at The Today Show.
With parent company Comcast making various cuts at NBC, many associated with the program are now wondering whether the anchor will pull a Jay Leno, as The Tonight Show host recently slashed his salary by 10 percent in order to save employees at that program.
“Comcast has been looking at every one of its shows," an insider tells The New York Post. "The Today staff has been warned that cuts could be coming, and the question there is, if they start dumping people, will Matt Lauer take a cut?"
Ratings have been dwindling for Today, which now consistently loses to Good Morning America, and many blame Lauer for how he handled the Ann Curry firing. They even want him replaced by Lester Holt.
“It will be the little people who go first," said the source of who would be fired on Today. "The makeup people, writers... these people have families, and it will put pressure on Matt to do the right thing.”
And it will be interesting for impartial observers such as ourselves to see if he actually does.