Matt Lauer Is Getting Today Drama All Over Anderson Cooper

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  Television personality Matt Lauer attends Giada DeLaurentiis' "Weeknights With Giada" book launch party at the Andaz Hotel on March 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Photo: Jason Kempin/2012 Getty Images

Anderson Cooper has had a lot of strange conversations with people at NBC recently, according to Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva. First, Andreeva reports, NBC executives reached out to him as a possible replacement for Matt Lauer on the Today show, which isn’t all that weird except that they did it behind Lauer’s back. Then, Lauer called Cooper “to express his disapproval,” which took Cooper by surprise because he figured Lauer was in the loop. Cooper may have been surprised at getting roped into the drama, but considering Lauer’s recently strained relationship with his employer, he can’t possibly be surprised NBC is shopping around. That Jeopardy gig is probably looking pretty sweet right now.

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