"Today" show hosts (L-R) Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and Natalie Morales appear on set during the show in New York June 22, 2012. NBC executives are in talks with Curry about moving her to one of the network's news programs, only a year after she succeeded Meredith Viera at the morning show. (Photo : REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
The post-Ann Curry era of the "Today" show are now expected to face budget cuts and it could come down to Matt Lauer.
NBC's parent company Comcast is looking to save money and gain revenue it has spent when purchasing the network.
"The Tonight Show" hosted by Jay Leno recently faced budget cuts several weeks ago which saw over a dozen people laid off despite Leno cutting his paycheck to save some jobs.
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"Today" is next as it is considered the "next big NBC property," according to The Atlantic Wire.
The New York Post's Page Six reported that hopefully Lauer can do a similar move like Leno and use the his new $25 million contract to save some jobs. It is the same contract that alleged cemented Curry's "Today" career over.
"Comcast has been looking at every one of its shows. 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 the way Jay Leno did?" said a source to The New York Post.
As Latinos Post reported, "Today" was facing several weeks of ratings loses while Curry and Lauer co-hosted the show, and during this same period, Lauer was undergoing contract negotiations. Rumors suggested that Lauer wanted Curry gone if NBC wished to see him continue hosting the morning show.
According to a source telling Us Weekly, "Matt Lauer is 100 percent behind Ann leaving" and that the pair were not on speaking terms in the week leading to her final day.
Another reason Comcast would like to see cuts is the fact ratings have no rebounded with Curry's successor Savannah Guthrie taking the co-host chair.
According to The New York Post, a representative for "Today" said, "There will be absolutely no staff cuts at the 'Today' show."