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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ratchetdepot

Do the Democrats own NBC..... sounds he's got a government job....he talks about the poor, and how sad it is that they have nothing and get nothing...while he demands 20 mil and a helicopter.....I wonder if he knows what it's like to be broke......maybe he could interview Hillary and they can discuss what it's like to be really broke.

October 03 2014 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Flower

No surprise and no exception to the rest of the cast. Most are millionaires The celebrities ande famous people that he interviews on a regular bases make as much or more than Matt. A notable percent of congress are a wealthy bunch. That is because it takes alot to be in politics and live in Washington. The rest of us stand outside and wave through the window.

October 02 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hlchina

A bunch of B S...To be worth that kind of money, .LAUER needs to be on a show where you actually have to be an entertainer or a real journalist....not sit on a sofa like a stuffed shirt

October 02 2014 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
unaitalian

Matt Lauer is the most pompous douch bag and no way deserves that much money. I'm switching to GMA starting tomorrow morning. Carson Daley would be 100% better than Lauer.

September 30 2014 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
*Dottie*

HE CERTAINLY DOES NOT DESERVE THAT MUCH MONEY, BIG RIP OFF, MORE MONEY WASTED !!!!

September 29 2014 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank

he should be earning minimum wage. He has mnimum talent.

September 27 2014 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Wonder how much Ann Curry is getting ?

September 27 2014 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GEORGE FOX

What a waste of money on a no talent person who irataes me whenever I happen to stumble onto him when I channel surf. A word to NBC......find someone who deserves that kind of salary and you will increase your viewership.

September 25 2014 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raasfv

Seriously? he get's that amount for what? talking to peole reading about what they do or have done?
OMG, and we wonder why this country is in a mess. people like him demanding a salary like that, and perks and the Moron's at the Networks bowing and giving in.. he's not worth $200,000. much lest 20 million.. get real..
over inflated ego and he's not all that special..

September 22 2014 at 11:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sd69plan

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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