Sources: Matt Lauer Is The Reason Pope Benedict XVI “Retired”

Matt Lauer with Pope Benedict

Matt Lauer with Pope Benedict in happier times.

New York—Does newly minted Pope Francis I have “Today Show” host Matt Lauer to thank for him getting the gig? Multiple sources with great connections inside the NBC daytime staple have told The Daily Quarterly exclusively that Lauer was unhappy with Pope Benedict, and worked hard “but behind the scenes” to “persuade” the pontiff that he should take an early retirement, thus clearing the way for Francis’ election earlier this month.

One source said she wasn’t certain what Lauer’s issue with Benedict was exactly, “he just was never sold on him taking over” in 2005. “Matt was never happy, and even, from what I’m being told, tried to get Katie (Couric) to take the job somehow, but it never panned out for her to move to Rome, plus she had her daytime talk show that she was working on.”

NBC executives would not return phone calls left seeking comment on this most recent Lauer allegation, but “if history shows us anything, it’s that whatever Matt wants he gets, and later on, the suits at 30 Rock will fall all over themselves to be the scapegoats. You watch,” one of the sources said.
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