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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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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:

Matt Lauer Today Pic
  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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Goodbye, Matt Lauer? Hello, Willie Geist?

With Today Show ratings remaining stagnant, insiders tell Radar Online that Lauer's job as main host of the morning program is in jeopardy, especially because producers already have a replacement lined up.

Willie Geist Picture

"[Willie Geist] is absolutely being groomed to become Matt Lauer's replacement if the ratings don't improve," the source alleges. "Willie has been filling in for Matt while he has been on vacation during the holidays and has been doing an phenomenal job."

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What will The Today Show look like without Matt Lauer and his impressive middle-aged body? Viewers will find out in 2013.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight the journalist will exit the morning series when his deal expires on December 31, 2012. He has served as co-anchor since 1997.

Matt Lauer on Today

This report follows other shake-ups at the network: insiders claim Meredith Vieira will also depart Today in September, while Katie Couric will soon leave as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Expect all three to be seriously hot commodities once their deals expire.

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