2017-12-06 17:35:42 UTC
The Today show is a-searching for someone to take up the space that longtime
host Matt Lauer was rightfully booted out of after being accused of sexual
misconduct and it looks as if MSNBC Live anchor Craig Melvin is in the running.
A source told Entertainment Tonight that the 38-year-old Melvin, who anchors
MSNBC Live on the weekdays and is also the co-anchor of Today Saturday has fans
among NBC and the staff and that the company could be tapping him for a much
This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC,
the source said. This would be clean slate.
There are of couerse other options, such as Willie Geist, who often serves as a
fill-in anchor on the show. Nonetheless this is still a huge decision that
probably will not be made until next year, the source said.
There were also murmurs about Hoda Kotb replacing Lauer, but the source said
that would be highly doubtful, given the success of Kotb and Kathie Lee
Page Six notes that Lauer, was not only an alleged creep, he reportedly was so
ruthless and insecure about his position as NBCs golden boy that he killed
off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was
ready to hang it up so theres nobody to take his place. And now NBC is paying
the price, according to industry insiders.
This has essentially left NBC without a true back up plan.
That being said, because irony (and karma) never fails to deliver, the Today
show ratings have actually went up the network unceremoniously dumped Lauer -
attracting more viewers than Good Morning America, its rival at ABC all five
days last week - the first time in almost a year, according to the Associated