Who will replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’?

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Matt Lauer wants Curry out of his hair.

Meredith Vieira fans: I’m afraid the 14-year Today veteran who was replaced last year by Ann Curry won’t be back on the daytime show anytime soon.

TMZ says NBC, which the New York Times says is in negotiations to oust Curry, reached out to Vieira with a multi-gazillion-dollar offer. She apparently turned them down.

Curry’s departure has been in the works for more than three months: TMZ says her co-hos Matt Lauer dislikes working with her. What’s more, she was at the helm this spring when the show lost its decades-long dominance after bitter ABC rival Good Morning America beat it out in the ratings for several weeks.

Things are so dire, the Times says, that NBC was afraid Curry wouldn’t be back at her post today. (She showed up to work.)

Where will the network turn? TMZ cites insiders who say Today’s Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the show’s third hour is the frontrunner.