Matt Lauer Gets $20 Million A Year -- And Helicopter Service

NBC willing to do anything to keep him on the Today Show

Matt Lauer Gets $20 Million A Year -- And Helicopter Service
Being Matt Lauer must be a nice job if you can get it -- and expensive if you want to keep him. Not only is he reportedly getting a $20 million annual salary from NBC, but the network has reportedly agreed to fly him by helicopter to his horse farm and mansion in the tony Hamptons on Long Island from the Manhattan TV studio, according to Page Six.

Lauer does have an apartment in Manhattan but his wife and children live in Water Mill, part of Southampton, N.Y. A Today representative said that Lauer will fly home "on rare occasions ... but most of the time you'll find him stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway with everyone else." However, others suggest that the flights could be more frequent. Lauer has also told Esquire that the media has never correctly reported the size of his salary.

Whatever the exact details, there seems little question that in the world of well-paid television stars, Lauer receives a large paycheck. Still, helicopter service would be an extraordinary perk. You could chalk it up to NBC's larger concern over the Today Show because network executives see Lauer as critical to the program's success.

In 2012, co-host Ann Curry was controversially dismissed from the show, according to New York Magazine, in part because she and Lauer reportedly didn't get along. Lauer's image took a hit in the wake and Today's ratings took a slide, according to the Mail Online. NBC executives still thought that Lauer was critical to the show's success.

Ratings did eventually pick up and Lauer signed a new two-year contract in June 2014. Apparently some amount of chopper fare was included.

Lauer has been with Today since 1994. At his next renewal, topping the current offer could be tough. But the real question is, as he's getting flown back to see his family, is Lauer now an official helicopter parent?

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Way over paid for what they do and for how much time each day. No wonder inflation is out of control in this country. Now advertisers will have to pay more to cover these programs, only to pass on that cost to higher products we buy. It never ends. His skill is over rated for that kind of money.

September 11 2014 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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September 11 2014 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He is one of the most boring men on television...I have never, ever understood his popularity (or his paycheck).

September 11 2014 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In a word, disgusting, shameful, obscene, immoral, unethical. Oh, that's five words. Sorry. But, as Mohammed Ali once so famously said, you're worth what you can get.

September 10 2014 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NO ONE on that show--or any other NBC "news" program, for that matter--is worth anywhere near that amount. Case in point: Lauer's recent interview with Lindsey Seitz was a complete embarrassment. Mrs. Seitz, of course, is the is the lawyer wife of the guy who left their baby in a hot car all day, thereby killing him. Her response, of course, is to start an "campaign" that would make auto companies responsible for alerting morons to when they leave their kid in the car (!!). A lot of legitimate questions are being raised about why this man hasn't been charged with any crime, and whether this "campaign" is just a way to keep that from ever happening. But good ol' 20 million dollar Matt didn't ask any real questions that might make her "uncomfortable." Just a bunch softball questions about her "foundation" and flattering remarks like "oooh, you are sooo very brave to be here, Mrs. Seitz." Made me sick.

September 10 2014 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny because Matt Lauer is neither informative or entertaining. He is really boring and not edgy at all. He has absolutely no new information to be given. I think the president almost fell asleep one morning.

September 10 2014 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Sheila - I tune in and when Matt Lauer is primary focus, I switch channelsl. He's NOT the key to Today's success.... they need a new Primary Person another Seth Meyers if one exists.

September 10 2014 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Matt Lauer is the one and only reason that I don't EVER watch NBC. When he manipulated NBC into firing the only classy lady on TODAY so that he could be surrounded by all of those silly little "cuties", I knew that the next time I saw his smirky face would be when he announces his intent to run for President any day now.

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