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Report: Anderson Cooper Is Wanted to Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'

March 27, 2013 (9:07 am) GMT
Words are, NBC has approached the CNN journalist to co-host 'Today', but Lauer has expressed his disapproval.

Following long-running rumor that is in jeopardy on "", new speculation on his possible replacement arises. According to Deadline, is eyed to replace Lauer as the NBC show's host.

Rumor has it, NBC's execs have reached out to the CNN news anchor about taking over the "Today" post before the end of the year. The network has reportedly also talked to Lauer about this, but the longtime "Today" host allegedly contacted Cooper to express his disapproval which caught Cooper by surprise.

Lauer has been rumored being on the chopping block as "Today" is struggling to regain its position as No. 1 morning program. Prior to Cooper, , Willie Geist and David Gregory have been mentioned as candidates to replace Lauer.

Lauer himself was recently said a frontrunner to lead "" if current host Alex Trebrek decides to step down from the position. Interestingly, Cooper was also reported in the running for the said job.

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