NBC reportedly clearing house of Matt Lauer's former allies at 'Today': Is Giada De Laurentiis next?

Giada De Laurentiis is denying rumors that NBC is trying to show her the door.

A new report claims that NBC is in the process of clearing out "Today" show talent with historical allegiance to Matt Lauer. That goes for on- and off-screen personalities: On Tuesday, the show's executive producer, Don Nash, unceremoniously left his role.

"Don is one of the nicest guys in the business, but he was part of 'Matt's club' headed by Jim Bell," Page Six reports, referencing the former "Today" EP. "They deny covering up for Matt, but they certainly catered to him, and they are very much entrenched in Lauer's legacy."

And some believe also tied up in that legacy is Food Network host De Laurentiis, who used to often appear on "Today." Rumors of an affair between De Laurentiis and Lauer first emerged in 2011, when they were seen together on a beach in Barbados. Lauer was there to film a show segment.

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Giada de Laurentiis during Cingular and LG Host Preview Party for HBO Mobile and the New Cingular LGCU 500 Cell Phone - 'Cingular' Carpet at Mr Chow - Tribeca in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for Ogilvy Public Relations)
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Giada de Laurentiis during 2007 Park City - The Bon Appetit Supper Club Hosts the Official Cast Dinner for 'The Ten' at Bon Appetit Supper Club in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
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MIAMI BEACH - FEBRUARY 23: Giada De Laurentiis poses on the red carpet before the Food Network Awards show on February 23, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Giada De Laurentiis attends the Ferrero SWEET Event at 'The Waterfront' on November 16, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 01: Chef Giada De Laurentiis arrives at the 2nd Annual Kidstock Music And Art Festival on June 1, 2008 at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 16: Television personality Giada De Laurentiis arrives at The World Premiere of 'Get Smart' at the Mann Village Theatre on June 16, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: TV personality Giada De Laurentiis attends the annual Oxfam party at the Esquire House on November 14, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Television personality Giada De Laurentiis arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Julie & Julia' at Mann Village Theatre on July 27, 2009 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Giada de Laurentiis arrives at the 6th Annual Pink Party at Drai's at the W Hollywood on September 25 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Giada De Laurentiis is seen around Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Giada De Laurentiis attend(s) L'OREAL WOMEN of WORTH Awards Dinner at Hearst Tower on December 9th, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Giada De Laurentiis visits The Empire State Building on May 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
TV Personality Giada De Laurentiis arrives at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration with Jay-Z and Coldplay at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan on December 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Media personality and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis attends the 2nd Annual Cosmopolitan Magazine Practice Safe Sun Awards at Hearst Tower on June 29, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JULY 09: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends The Foundation Polo Challenge sponsored by Tiffany & Co. at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: TV Personality Giada De Laurentiis attends the 27th annual DreamBall at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends the Los Angeles Times' & Food & Wine's 'The TASTE' Grand Opening Party on September 2, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 13: Italian-American Chef/television personality Giada De Laurentiis attends the Showtime and Cinema Society premiere of 'Homeland' at a Private Residence on August 13, 2011 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis poses backstage at the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: TV personality Giada De Laurentiis arrives at 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson and television personality Giada DeLaurentiis attend Giada DeLaurentiis' 'Weeknights With Giada' book launch party at the Andaz Hotel on March 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Giada De Laurentiis attends the 37th annual Gracie Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis arrives at the L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Culinary Event at Culver Studios on September 29, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Giada De Laurentiis attends the Audi and Derek Lam kick off of Emmy week 2012 at Cecconi's Restaurant on September 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 27: Giada de Laurentiis attends Elyse Walker Presents The Eighth Annual Pink Party Hosted By Michelle Pfeiffer To Benefit Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program at Barkar Hangar Santa Monica Airport on October 27, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: TV personality Giada De Laurentiis arrives at ELLE's 19th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: TV personality Giada De Laurentiis attends the Kate Young for Target launch event on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Giada De Laurentiis attends the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Giada De Laurentiis attends 2013 Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit Gala on June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis attends the Festa Italiana with Giada de Laurentiis opening night celebration of the third annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival on August 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: TV personality Giada de Laurentiis promotes her new books at NBC Experience Store on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Giada De Laurentiis -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Chef and cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis is interviewed for SiriusXM's Leading Ladies hosted by SiriusXM host Jenny Hutt at SiriusXM Studios on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Giada De Laurentiis attends Food Networks 20th birthday celebration at Pier 92 on October 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis poses backstage at BCBGMAXAZRIA fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: Giada De Laurentiis arrives at the ELLE Women In Television Celebration at Sunset Tower on January 22, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends Go Red For Women The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for American Heart Association's Go Red For Women)
MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 25: Giada De Laurentiis attends 'Fine Living' TV channel presentation on March 25, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Television personality and chef Giada De Laurentiis arrives at The Cromwell Las Vegas to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend opening of Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 02: Television personality and chef Giada De Laurentiis arrives at the grand opening of her restaurant Giada at The Cromwell on June 2, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Giada De Laurentiis -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends A Perfect Pairing: A Brunch hosted by Giada De Laurentiis and Andrew Carmellini during 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at The Dutch on February 22, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 08: Giada De Laurentiis attends the Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala at Barker Hangar on October 8, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: TV personality Giada De Laurentiis attends the Campari Calendar 2016 Launch at The Standard Hotel on November 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 29: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred 10th anniversary Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace on April 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Giada De Laurentiis and daughter Jade Thompson arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'The Jungle Book' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 4, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Giada De Laurentiis attends the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Giada De Laurentiis appears at The Barnstable Brown Gala on May 5, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Both have steadfastly maintained that they are just friends: "She and I are friends and have been friends for ten years," Lauer told TMZ in 2015 in response to De Laurentiis' divorce announcement.

Romantic speculation aside, that longtime friendship may still jeopardize her chances of continuing to appear on the network -- but her rep says no way.

"Giada will still be making her appearances on 'Today' and we are currently working on her schedule to confirm," her rep said.

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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 12: Annette Roque and Matt Lauer attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2017: hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Annette Roque and Matt Lauer attend the 2013 Animal League America Celebrity gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque Lauer attend the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show - Grand Prix Sunday on September 1, 2013 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: 'Today' host Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque attend 2013 Tribeca Ball at New York Academy of Art on April 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 03: Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque attend the 2008 UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 15: TV personality Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque visit the 'Ye Waverly Inn' resturant on May 15, 2008 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore, television journalist Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque attend the Fifth Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 25, 2002 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 23: Annette Roque and Matt Lauer attend ROGER VIVIER Cocktail Party Benefiting CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY at Roger Vivier on April 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 8: Annette Roque and Matt Lauer attend TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD at Jazz @ Lincoln Center on May 8, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 8: Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Lauer attend TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 8, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Lauer attend Baccarat Presents the 2nd Annual UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on November 28, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Matt Lauer, Annette Roque Lauer during Bergdorf Goodman celebrates Madonna's new book at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 19: NBC 'Today' show host Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque arrive for Time Magazine Celebrates New 'Time 100' list of Most Influential People In The World at the Time Warner Center on April 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Annette Roque Lauer and Matt Lauer during Escada and InStyle Host Benefit for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at ESCADA Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Matt Lauer, Annette Roque Lauer during Bette Midler Receives the Medal of Distinction by Lenox Hill Hospital at 2002 Autumn Ball at Waldorf Astoria in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque during 5th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 25: Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque attend ASPCA Bergh Ball Honoring Roger A. Caras on April 25, 2001 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
370677 06: Today Show Host Matt Lauer with his wife Annette Roque Lauer attend The Fresh Air Fund Benefit, June 8, 2000 in New York City. The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not for profit agency which has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million disadvantaged New York City children since 1877. The annual event is held at Tavern On The Green in New York City. (Photo By George De Sota/Liaison)
Television journalist Matt Lauer and wife, model Annette Roque, at book party for Al Roker. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 21: Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque attend Third Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards on October 21, 1998 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nyc 10/21/98 Gq Magazine Honors 'Men Of The Year' At Radio City Music Hall. Matt Lauer & New Bride Annette Roque (Photo By Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 03: NBC 'Today' show host Matt Lauer and model Annette Roque leave Bridgehampton Presbyterian Chuch on Long Island after their wedding. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NANTUCKET - JUNE 19: Nantucket Film Festival. Matt Lauer and then-fianc� Annette Roque at Bob and Suzanne Wright?s party at the Nantucket Film Festival, Nantucket, MA June 19, 1998 (Photo by Lindsay Brice/Getty Images)
Matt Lauer & Annette Roque during 1997 Lexus Challenge After Party at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Annette Roque and Matt Lauer during 'Anchors Aweigh' Benefit for Muscular Dystrophy Association at Aboard Spirit of New York in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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