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Is Matt Lauer really on his way to returning as the anchor of the "Today" show? A new report claims he's plotting a "secret comeback" with NBC. But Gossip Cop can bust the untrue story

Lauer was fired last November for sexual misconduct. Now according to RadarOnline, the disgraced journalist is "secretly plotting his return to television," and is "convinced he can overcome the sordid sexual harassment allegations that got him kicked to the curb." A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Matt and his people think if enough time passes, he will be forgiven."

The alleged snitch argues that Lauer is only "guilty" of a "consensual affair," and claims he believes he has been "unfairly caught up in the rash of #MeToo abusers and did nothing that merited getting fired." And for his "secret comeback," the site contends he's been "spotted skulking around NBC's Rockefeller Center studios." Claims the purported tipster, "Matt's also been meeting with loads of his former producers, including Deborah Kosofsky and Don Nash... He's trying to convince them to either help him return to 'Today'" or start a production company.

And because the "Today" ratings are allegedly suffering with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb at the helm, the questionable insider maintains Lauer thinks "those numbers should be more than enough to convince the network to bring him back." This untraceable "source" asserts, "Matt is certain he can work his way back to the top anchor spot in time [and] be back on TV by the end of the year." But there's a few issues with these claims.

While it's true Lauer met with former "Today" producer Kosofsky, he hasn't been "spotted" around Rockefeller Plaza. In fact, their lunch took place nearly 20 blocks away on the Upper East Side. It was also reported they discussed vacation plans and kids, not careers. And considering neither she nor Nash are still with the morning show, it makes little to claim they can "help him return to 'Today.'" Furthermore, with Nash stepping down from "Today" this past January, it's quite apparent his opinion doesn't exactly carry much weight there anymore.

Also, the network isn't having major ratings woes. Just two days ago, NBC announced in a press release, "'Today' Is #1 Again," revealing, "NBC News' 'Today' was the number-one morning show last week, topping ABC's 'Good Morning America' across the key demos." The 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot, which Lauer anchored, isn't remotely in crisis. Additionally, in April the Washington Post published a damning report examining how NBC would deal with "remedying in-house sexual harassment." Bringing Lauer back into the fold certainly wouldn't be the answer.

Indeed, in May, an internal report about the investigation into Lauer included recommendations for NBC moving forward. Perhaps needless to say, none of those entailed having him return to the anchor desk. Quite frankly, that would likely be a lawsuit waiting to happen. RadarOnline apparently wants readers to believe Lauer is unaware of all of this, and ignorantly thinks he can make a "comeback" at the network.

It should be noted that just over a month ago, the online publication's sister outlet, the National Enquirer, falsely claimed Kotb was on the verge of being "fired," and that Lauer could replace her. As Gossip Cop explained then, such a contention was outrageously untrue. It still is.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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