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Matt Lauer is gonna stay with Today.

The embattled anchor, whose program now loses the weekly ratings battle to Good Morning America, has signed a two-year contract extension with NBC.

The New York Times reported the deal, which comes as a bit of a surprise because Lauer has been under a great deal of fire over the past several months.

Matt Lauer on Today Show Set

Many blame Lauer for the poor execution of Ann Curry's firing, while Lauer's alleged refusal to take a pay cut has angered many show staffers.

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Matt Lauer to the rescue?

There are words NBC executives never thought they'd say to themselves.

But with host Bob Costas ailing from an eye infection that has become the talk of the Twitterverse, the network has confirmed that Lauer will take his spot for tonight's coverage of the Sochi Olympics. 

Bob Costas Eye

“Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight,” Costas told Lauer by phone this morning on Today.

“Let’s hope it’s only tonight. I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo.’ I have no idea where I am.”

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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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Has the axe come down on Matt Lauer?

According to The National Enquirer, the veteran Today Show host will soon be fired from the morning program, partly due to its floundering ratings and partly due to his relationships off camera.

Matt Lauer, Scarf

"Matt is finally getting what he deserves," says the insider. “His years-long feuds with former co-hosts Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry have taken their toll. Everyone has turned against him and Matt is going to be is going to be ousted."

The Ann Curry firing remains a polarizing issue for Today viewers and producers, with everyone agreeing it was handled poorly and many stating Lauer was responsible for the move.

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Matt Lauer is sticking with NBC's Today.

Ending any speculation that the top-rated show might have to face ABC's rising Good Morning America without him, Lauer signed a long-term contract with NBC.

Lauer plans to announce Friday on air that he's staying put, ending suggestions that he might reunite with Katie Couric on a syndicated show she's launching.

Many felt that Lauer was simply negotiating a better deal for himself all along, though, having been a fixture of the #1 ranked morning show since 1994.

Matt Lauer: King of Cool

For broadcast networks, morning represents one of the most important parts of the day. The shows are hugely profitable at a time of declining TV viewership.

Reports that Lauer could end up with a $25 million deal may not be exaggerated, as a result, though NBC has declined to comment on the deal's specifics.

It's been quite a week for Today, with Matt interviewing Octomom as well as Sarah Palin, while Couric guest hosts Good Morning America over on ABC.

NBC also apologized for Today bungling the Trayvon Martin 911 call, but that clearly wasn't seen as an impediment to cash cow Lauer's giant payday.

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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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