CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker said in a town hall on Wednesday, “There is absolutely no truth at all in the reports that Matt [Lauer] is coming to CNN,” according to a report in Page Six.
Lauer “hopes to be back on TV by the end of the year . . . and it looks like CNN will be his new home,” RadarOnline had initially reported.
But Zucker ended that speculation: “No truth at all.”
One CNN insider said, “Some staff were starting to freak out that Matt Lauer was suddenly about to come back from the dead and show up at CNN’s shiny new Manhattan office at Hudson Yards. In many ways the Matt rumors seemed to make sense, ratings on CNN’s morning show and across prime time have been flagging, and perhaps Matt could be brought back to revive the numbers, and his own career at the same time,” the insider continued, noting that it had also seemed unlikely that Brian Williams could make a TV news comeback .
The CNN insider added, “The internal talk about Matt was that — if it turned out to be true — some senior female employees would refuse to work with him. There was palpable relief in the office after Jeff confirmed Matt isn’t happening.”
CNN didn’t comment on Page Six’s report.