NEW YORK - A top NBC News executive said Wednesday the network is not considering replacing Matt Lauer as anchor of the "Today" show despite reports that Anderson Cooper of CNN was approached about the job.
"Matt Lauer is the best in the business," said Alex Wallace, NBC News executive who oversees the "Today" show. "We want him in the 'Today' show anchor chair for many years to come."
Wallace spoke after reports of a meeting with Cooper first appeared in Deadline Hollywood. The report was confirmed to The Associated Press by a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private and was not authorized to speak to the media.
The longtime king of morning television, "Today" has fallen behind ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings over the past year, particularly since the messy ouster of Ann Curry as Lauer's co-anchor last summer.