“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest could be a possible successor to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show if Lauer steps down next year.
The talk are preliminary, and they may just be a negotiation tactic for NBC who will need a strong backup plan if Lauer does vacate the coveted co-anchor seat. According to people close to the matter, Seacrest is one of NBC’s top replacement choices.
Ever since Lauer hinted to “Today” executives earlier this year that he was contemplating leaving, NBC executives have been hunting for someone to fill the big shoes.
Seacrest’s deal with NBC-Universal expires in early 2012. He is a busy man. Seacrest currently hosts and produces a daily news show on E! Network, as well as E! red carpet specials.
Neither Lauer or Seacrest would comment on the matter.