Matt Lauer may say he's considering leaving the Today Show, but really, sexy beast just wants to line those coffers, if you follow where we're coming from.
Unlike Glenn Beck leaving Fox, Katie Couric exiting CBS or Matt's own co-host Meredith Vieira bolting Today, Matt's only real endgame is a bigger payday.
At least according to TMZ, which reports that he's angling for a $25 million contract. ANNUALLY. Matt currently pays the bills on a measly $17 million.
Sources connected with NBC say talk of Matt leaving Today is nothing more than a well timed negotiating ploy, following Vieira's announced September exit.
The short story is that Today has been the #1 morning show for 15 years, a virtual cash register for the Peacock, and Matt Lauer wants his slice of the pie.
Not a small one, either.