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Matt Lauer ABC

Matt Lauer ABC, The longstanding host of NBC's the Today show was on the brink of defecting to rival network ABC last year, it has emerged. Matt Lauer, who has anchored the popular morning programme since 1997, was so close to making the move to ABC last year that everybody close to the situation thought the deal was 'signed, sealed and delivered', according to a report. The claims emerge amid reports the 55-year-old journalist's $25million NBC contract will not be renewed when it expires next year, after the fiasco surrounding the dismissal of former co-anchor Ann Curry saw his popularity with viewers take a nosedive. Move: Today show host Matt Lauer was on the brink of moving to rival network ABC last year, it has been claimed ABC chiefs including Bob Iger, CEO of parent company Disney, and Ben Sherwood, ABC News boss, all thought the move was confirmed, as did Lauer's agent, according to a report in the New York Post. The NBC stalwart would have become an A

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