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Will Ryan Seacrest Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Will Ryan Seacrest Replace Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Ryan Seacrest is a “possible successor” to Matt Lauer if the Today co-anchor leaves the morning show next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The 36-year-old American Idol host reportedly met with NBC executives to discuss the possibility of him joining the morning program.

“The talks are preliminary and could fall apart at any time. They also may be in part a negotiating tactic for NBC executives who need a strong backup plan in case [Matt] leaves the show,” a source told the paper, adding that Ryan is one of the network’s top replacement choices.

WOULD YOU WANT to see Ryan Seacrest replace Matt Lauer on Today?

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  • J L

    DEAR…
    GOD…
    NO

    SOMEONE, SHOOT ME!!!!!

  • Alicia

    No I would not like to see that.

  • Petra

    MATT CAN’T LEAVE THE TODAY SHOW! I’m so upset about this.

  • speaktruth

    Oh please no!!! He already controls E! Don’t take NBC too!

  • Diaz

    I really dont want this to happen:(( please..

  • xploxite

    I don’t want that either , i like Matt.

  • Nate

    Absolutely NOT!!!!! Anyone, but Ryan.

  • Shannon

    Somebody please make Ryan just go away before he takes yet another job…he has plenty of jobs to keep him busy right now and I’m so tired of seeing his face and hearing his voice everywhere.

  • Paulie

    Seacrest is not fit to do hard news stories or interviews with world leaders. He is not a true journalist, but rather a TV personality. An obnoxious one at that.

  • NO FING WAY

    I will never watch or trust NBC news or the Today show again, if they hire Seacrest.
    HE IS THE ONE THAT GAVE US THE KARDASHIANS. HE CANT BE TRUSTED.

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Rocky

    This is the jerk that gave us the KKK girls — HELL NO!!!!!!! Get someone serious, not some bozo reality show marketer. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Kari

    Matt….please don’t ever leave!!!!!!!!! Love you on Today. As for Ryan??? No way in h*ll.

  • Susan

    If Matt leaves, so will I. I love Matt and he is the ONLY reason I watch the Today Show!!!

  • Very Concerned

    No! No! No!

    No Ryan Seacrest on the TODAY Show…….EVER!!!!!

    NOT even close to the type of personality/background needed for NBC’s morning show. He is flat and not interesting and does not appear comfortable with himself at all. In an odd way, he comes off as arrogant to me. I never understood the comparison to Dick Clark (other than in his radio/media holdings/interests) as he does not have the CHARISMA of Mr. Clark. Seacrest is better behind the desk as opposed to in front of the camera. When he has been the commentator for a television program I have either not tuned in or changed the channel. I have heard snippets of his radio program and feel the same…..regardless of who the guest(s) may be.

    NBC would be making a huge mistake where they to bring Seacrest on board. The viewing audience for the TODAY Show would not be engaged with him at all – viewership and ratings would drop dramatically. The combination of Curry/Seacrest as co-hosts make me shudder. ( Sorry, I also find Curry as missing the mark. Savannah Guthrie would work better in this spot.)

    And unfortunately, Seacrest is identified too strongly with that K-family and the morning audience is not into this type of so-called “news” or association. Many viewers were turned off when NBC allowed the K-family to host for a week with Hoda. This allowed them to go to other networks for their morning viewing ( ABC’s The View for example!) and many have not returned.

    So, IMO NO! NO! NO! to Seacrest.

    He just simply is NOT representative of what The TODAY Show is about or what the loyal viewership has come to expect……..Unless of course NBC plans on turning the show into an “entertainment/reality” endeavor.
    (Like you know, some of the like cable shows, doll!)

    The mere thought of this gives rise to illness.

    DO NOT do this NBC!!!!!!!

    (Typed this comment as I was watching Savannah, Al, and MATT !!!)

  • solecito

    F*CK Seacrest and the KarTRASHians.

  • http://lully.co.il ימי הולדת

    oh i love him, hope he will replace him

  • dinaaa

    uggghhh

    ryna seacrust is the worst

    i can’t stand that closet case

  • Carol

    I love Matt too, but if he leaves I’d much rather see Lester Holt as the replacement.

  • johnny

    Oh, lord, NOOOO….. NOT Little Miss Seacrest…. she’s not ready for this yet!

  • Michelle

    I agree… please nooo… NBC what are you thinking? Ryan Seacrest could never be taken seriously as a real news journalist.. Don’t forget he produces the Kardashian show and I wish those ppl would go away as well. The ratings of the Today show would go down hill. Ryan needs to just go away.. it’s bad enough he put the Kardashians in our faces.. on tv.. Anyone would be better than Ryan Seacrest… There are certainly much better news journalists out there.. and better suited for The Today show audience.

  • Marieme

    Hell to the NO!!

    I already contacted the Today Show about how AWFUL this idea is. Please do the same if you have a chance. Enough f cking Seacrest!!!! Gawd!

  • Cassie

    Worst.Idea.Ever.

  • Cheryl

    OMG, NEVER! Ryan Seacrest is a circus clown and Matt Lauer is a reporter. Please, do not even say that Ryan is replacing Matt even as a joke: Not Funny.

  • Mary

    I will stop watching the today show if this should happen.

  • http://andyanddixie Jane

    @Petra:
    I totally agree. Ryan makes a great host on Idol and shows of this type but don’t believe he could hold “a candle” to Matt. I guess I will have to switch shows.

  • Brenda

    If it is true that Matt had anything to do with the firing of Ann Curry then I will NEVER watch the Today Show.

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