Matt Lauer Out Anderson Cooper In as “Today” Show Host?

Matt Lauer Out Anderson Cooper In as "Today" Show Host?

In breaking news there are reports that NBC, whose morning news show “Today” has been ailing in the ratings, is seeking CNN’s Anderson Cooper to replace Matt Lauer. Imagine Matt Lauer Out and Anderson Cooper In as the “Today” show host.

When Charlie Rose took over the reins for “CBS This Morning”, their ratings have been rising while Today’s have been declining.

Lauer is being blamed for pushing out co-anchor Ann Curry, which they believe accelerated the program’s fall.

The Peacock Network brass approached Cooper to take over for Lauer before the end of the year, writes Deadline Hollywood TV Editor Nellie Andreeva.

Lauer is not happy.  Andreeva said that NBC reached out to Lauer for his “blessing” on the Cooper overture, but “they got pushback from the ‘Today’ veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval.”

As I mentioned Matt Lauer, has been blamed as solely responsible for Ann Curry’s removal. And with withering rating, and his fat $25 million contract it should come as no surprise heads were going to have to roll.  Deadline also reported that Cooper had assumed Lauer had been brought on board before NBC began making overtures and therefore the CNN anchor felt blindsided by Lauer’s discontentment.

Cooper may not be the only personality in the running for Lauer’s job. According to Deadline, Willie Geist, Ryan Seacrest and David Gregory have been contacted by the network to discuss the news show “Today.”

No matter how this turns out for Lauer, it certainly appears, his days on “Today” are numbered.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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