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Matt Lauer to Replace Alex Trebek as "Jeopardy!" Host?

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Is Matt Lauer's future in the game show business?  The New York Post reports the current Today show host is the front-runner to replace Alex Trebek as host of Jeopardy! in three years.

There have been rumors that Lauer is in danger of losing his job with NBC's Today show due to its ratings slump, and the Post's sources say that Lauer is "at the top of the list" of potential Trebek replacements.  Trebek is expected to leave Jeopardy! in 2016.

The newspaper further reports that another newsman, Anderson Cooper, is also in the mix, and that "he likes the idea" of hosting Jeopardy!  Cooper has some game show experience, having hosted the reality series The Mole. says Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures Television has had "exploratory conversations" with Lauer, Cooper, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Sports' Dan Patrick.

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Matt Lauer Signs New Contract to Remain on "Today" Show

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Forget all that talk of Ryan Seacrest replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Lauer will remain with NBC's morning news program after signing a new, multi-year contract with the network, according to The New York Times, which spoke with NBC News President Steve Capus.  The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but is reporting he received close to $30 million per year.

Capus tells the Times, "Matt is the franchise, and our franchise player has decided to keep leading our team."

An official announcement is expected on Friday's edition of the Today show.  Lauer has co-anchored the morning news program since 1997.

There had been rumors that Seacrest may eventually replace Lauer as co-anchor on the program, since Lauer's previous contract reportedly was set to expire at the end of the year.  Earlier this week, Seacrest announced he will be involved in NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in London.

It's still possible a spot may open up alongside Lauer, according to TMZ, which claims he no longer wants Ann Curry as his co-host.  Allegedly, Savannah Guthrie is in line to take over for Curry.

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Ryan Seacrest and Matt Lauer: Face to Face on "Today"

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Seacrest announced on NBC's Today show Wednesday that he's joining the network's coverage of the summer Olympics. And while he was there, Seacrest also touched on rumors that he has been tapped to replace Matt Lauer when the Today anchor's contract expires next year.

Needless to say, things got interesting.

"Do you see yourself doing a job like this?" Lauer asked Seacrest.

"I don't know...I see you doing this as long as you want to," Seacrest responded, before turning the tables on Lauer.

"How long will you be on the Today show?" he asked.

Lauer said there was no tension between the two and that they recently had discussed the issue over dinner.

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Ryan Seacrest to Succeed Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- "I'm Ryan Seacrest and the Today show."  The American Idol host just may have the opportunity to use that line on the NBC morning news program, as the eventual successor to co-anchor Matt Lauer.

The Wall Street Journal reports Seacrest met with NBC executives Tuesday evening for preliminary talks regarding a role for him on Today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the meeting was part of "continued discussions" between both sides.

Seacrest would potentially succeed Lauer, who's co-anchored Today since 1997 and who earlier this year was rumored to be considering an exit from the show in late 2012.  He's denied the speculation.

In addition to his hosting duties on American Idol, Seacrest is also a host and producer for E!, which is owned by NBCUniversal. His contract reportedly expires early next year.

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Report: Meredith Vieira Leaving 'Today' Show in June

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira could take a cue from her Today show predecessor, Katie Couric, and leave her job in the near future.

The Hollywood Reporter is apparently confirming earlier rumors, saying Vieira will depart NBC's Today show in June, nearly three months before her contract expires.  The publication's website reports Today newsreader Ann Curry will replace Vieira as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer, while Today correspondent Natalie Morales will be named to Curry's current position.

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter said Vieira, who joined Today in 2006, would exit the program to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Couric earlier this week announced she'll step down as CBS Evening News anchorwoman by early June.  Matt Lauer is rumored to be considering leaving the Today show at the end of next year, though he downplayed the reports during an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

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Katie Couric: Matt Lauer and I Have 'Undeniable Chemistry'

Heidi Gutman/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Will Katie Couric and Matt Lauer reunite if and when she launches a talk show? Never say never. Couric, who confirmed this week she will leave CBS Evening News when her contract expires in June, tells People magazine she and Lauer have "undeniable chemistry in the most platonic sense of the word."

"We are like an old  married couple,” she says. “We finish each other's sentences. He is very committed to the Today show. But who knows?"

There have been rumors that Lauer could leave the Today show at the end of next year and collaborate with Couric on a new talk show.

For now, Lauer appears to be content with his current job. He told NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, "I have a long-term contract. I'm not going anywhere."

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'Today' Producer Addresses Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer Rumors

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The executive producer of NBC's Today show is hoping that Meredith Vieira will stay on as co-host of the program beyond this year.

Multiple reports have claimed Vieira may leave the Today show once her contract expires in September.  However, executive producer Jim Bell says both sides are "still talking."

He told The Hollywood Reporter, "We think she's fantastic and hope we'll have her with us."

Bell said Vieira has not yet informed him if she's made a decision on whether to remain or depart.

Bell was more dismissive of another report stating that Matt Lauer has told his bosses he'll move on from the show when his contract expires at the end of 2012.  Bell said Lauer has not made any such comments to him.

He added, "When we're talking about something that is almost two years away, it's silly speculation.  I think it's great that the show can generate this much attention and passion out there but we're fortunate that so much of it has been wrong and misguided."

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Report: Katie Couric, Matt Lauer Explore Co-Hosting New Show

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Katie Couric co-hosted NBC’s Today show with Matt Lauer before going to CBS, and the pair may be reunited for a new daytime talk show, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The report quotes a source close to the situation as saying Couric and Lauer have discussed teaming up for a new show, but it’s unclear if the conversation will progress beyond the talking stage.

Couric’s contract as anchor of the CBS Evening News expires in June, and there’s been speculation she may step down to launch her own syndicated talk show.  Couric did confirm to The New York Times last week that she's been speaking with her former Today show boss, Jeff Zucker, about the possibility of hosting a talk show.

There have also been reports recently that Lauer has told NBC that he's leaving Today when his contract expires on Dec. 31 of next year, while co-host Meredith Vieira is also said to be considering stepping down from her duties on broadcast TV's top-rated morning show to spend more time with her family.

Couric and Lauer co-hosted the Today show from 1997-2006.

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Matt Lauer to Leave 'Today' Show at the End of 2012?

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- One day after NBC was confronted with reports that Meredith Vieira will leave the Today show later this year, the network was forced Wednesday to address another rumor that her co-host, Matt Lauer, is also planning his departure from the morning program.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Lauer has told his bosses that he will say goodbye to the show when his contract expires on December 31, 2012.

A statement from the Today show to Entertainment Tonight downplays the report: "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it.  Matt Lauer has a long term contract with NBC News and Today."

Lauer became host of the Today show in 1997, replacing Bryant Gumbel.

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Michael Douglas: 'Odds Are' He's Beaten Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Douglas says he's been on a "wild six-month ride" with throat cancer that may have come to an end.  In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the Oscar-winning actor says his tumor is gone.

He says, "I think the odds are with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer that I've got it beat."

The 66-year-old Douglas, who announced his cancer diagnosis in August, said he lost about 32 pounds while undergoing treatment for the disease, but has gained back about 12 pounds.  He said he still has to be checked out by a doctor once a month for the next few months.

Douglas says he's celebrated his improved health condition with his family, including his two children with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.  He also says the kids may have been affected by the paparazzi's interest in his cancer battle.

Douglas declares, "I resent the amount of imposition on our children, too, because it used to be at least they would try to keep them out of that, and they don't at all.  They were having -- there was sort of a macabre enjoyment out of sort of watching me go down there for a while I felt by the paparazzi."

Douglas has a 10-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter with Zeta-Jones.

A part of Lauer's interview with Douglas will air on NBC's Today show Tuesday morning.  The full interview will air Sunday, Jan. 23 on Dateline NBC.

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