Bryan Stelter of the New York Times reports — based on “three people with knowledge of the call” — that an NBC executive asked CNN’s Anderson Cooper if he would consider replacinng Matt Lauer as host of the Today show. This strategic leak (which the peacock network officially denied to the Hollywood Reporter) may just be an attempt to haggle down Lauer’s reported $25 million-a-year salary on a contract that is up for renewal next year.
NBC’s Today Show aired excerpts of an audio-only jailhouse interview with convicted pedophile and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky yesterday.
The interviews with Sandusky were conducted by filmmaker John Ziegler as part of a film he is making in an effort to restore the name of Penn State’s long time head-football coach Joe Paterno. In Ziegler’s interview with Matt Lauer, he explains he preemptively wrote an open letter to the media in anticipation of backlash on the interview. While he agrees that Sandusky is guilty of the crimes for which he’s been convicted, he stresses that his research led him to believe that there were many due process errors in the Sandusky investigation and subsequent trial. And he says the media wants to play dumb.
What is Jeopardy without Alex Trebek? Apparently, it’s looking a lot like Matt Lauer.
Sources report to the New York Post that Lauer is topping Sony’s list of possible replacements. Anderson Cooper is also being considered for the role.
Vice President Al Gore somehow didn’t realize that the mainstream media was actually going to ask him questions about his recent sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera for a reported $500 million. Whoops…