NBC responds to rumors about Anderson Cooper replacing Matt Lauer on 'Today'

By Ezekiel Hernandez,
Conflicting reports in the past two days...

New names and rumors continue to be subjects of speculation about the future of the Today show. A new report Wednesday surfaced that NBC has approached Anderson Cooper about replacing Lauer.

A report Tuesday said that Cooper was contacted by NBC about the possibility of taking over for Lauer, according to TV Guide.

The Associated Press reports Alex Wallace, an NBC executive that oversees the morning news show, responded to the Anderson Cooper rumors Wednesday by saying that the network is not seeking to replace Lauer, and that he is the "best in the business."

NBC executives responded Wednesday by admitting that they have indeed spoken to Cooper, but that it was not about replacing Lauer on Today.

Rumors continue to be fueled because of Today and the network's poor ratings as of late. The show has recently fallen behind Good Morning America for the first time in years.

Lauer was quoted in a Fox News report as saying “We want to go back to being the most-watched morning program – and least talked about morning program.”

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