Something is amiss at The Today Show! First rumors started swirling that Meredith Viera might be leaving later this year to spend more time with her husband who has multiple sclerosis. Now the talk is that Matt Lauer wants to exit the morning talkfest at the end of his contract in 2012.
Could it be that the dad-of-three wants to spend some more time with his kids before they are all grown up?
Nobody is officially commenting from the Today Show other than to say that Lauer is currently under contract, the rumor mill is swirling that he wants to leave the morning news show when his contract ends in December 2012. Lauer has been the staple of the show for the past 13 years and his loss would have a lasting impact on the show and ultimately its ratings.
The timing of his reported exit comes hot on the heals of his kids heading into those important pre-teen years — son Jack will be 11-years-old, daughter Romy will be 9-years-old, and son Thijs will be 6-years-old. It’s becoming fairly common in Hollywood to see celebrity parents slowing down their work schedules when their kids head into their teens (see Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Meg Ryan, etc).
Do you think Matt Lauer will really leave the Today Show?