The news just keeps getting worse for Matt Lauer -- rumor has it Anderson Cooper will be replacing him on the Today show by the end of the year.

According to, NBC honchos have reached out to Anderson, who's going to have a hole in his days when his syndicated talk show goes off the air this summer. But Cooper apparently didn't realize that Lauer isn't on board with the change, and was caught off guard when Matt called him to express his disapproval.

Word has it that Anderson's CNN contract has an out that would allow him to make the move to NBC.

Matt, of course, has had a lousy week with the publication of a blistering New York magazine article that blames him for Ann Curry's ouster and the subsequent decline in Today's ratings.