Matt Lauer may be looking for a new job soon.

A former NBC executive told gossip site Confidenti@l that as the "Today" show continues its ratings slide, replacing Matt Lauer is now seriously being discussed.

"They are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. They can shift things around, but it's not helping," the source said. "Their short-term solution is looking for new experts to replace some of the familiar faces that have been on the show forever. What they also need to do is hire someone to shake up everything and have the discussion about what to do with Matt."

Lock him in his car?

The New York Daily News said "Today," which held the top spot in mornings for the past 16 years, is now behind both "Good Morning America" and the Fox affiliate's morning show in the all-important New York Market. morning show "Good Day New York," losing to both in the February sweeps. "GMA" beat "Tod

Somewhere, Ann Curry throws a fist in the air.

"'Today' can't continue like this," said the insider. "If they don't act soon, the show will be a distant memory."

The Daily News' source said Comcast, the network's owner, is "aggressively" looking to add another executive producer to the show. However, "they are having a lot of trouble finding anyone until the network makes the one change that needs to be made -- replacing Matt Lauer."


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Morale at "Today" is supposedly bad, as staffers are afraid of losing their jobs after the departures of co-anchor Ann Curry, former executive producer Jim Bell and NBC News President Steve Capus, who resigned in February.

"On top of everything, Matt took a vacation during sweeps. It doesn't seem to matter if he's around or not," says a source.

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