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The Future of Today: Possible Replacements for Matt Lauer

Updated on December 13, 2011

Today Will Never Be the Same

I don't know about y'all but watching Today has been a part of my everyday life since I was younger. I did watch Good Morning America when Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson hosted but soon after the show of choice became Today for my family.

Pretty much since I've been watching, Matt Lauer's been hosting. Now, I will be honest and say that Matt wasn't and isn't my favorite part of the show. It's not that he's not a great interviewer or that he should be given a Medal of Honor for not going ape on Tom Cruise back in 2005 but he's kind of like your nice relative who doesn't do too well with getting the party started.

But nonetheless, he's like the anchor of the Today crew and it'll be hard to imagine him leaving soon but as they say life goes on.

And with that we have to consider who could replace him as a potential host. There are rumors about one Ryan Seacrest replacing him but there are other candidates we could consider. So this hub'll serve as pre-tournament bracketology for handicapping the favorites.

Sausages with Seacrest?

Ryan Seacrest

Date of Birth: December 24, 1974

Title: Host (Television: E! News, American Idol, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve and Radio: On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40) Producer (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, etc.)

Pros: Highly recognizable and marketable to a youth audience, Accomplished producer, Strong ties to the entertainment industry, Adjusted to traveling for assignments/work.

Cons: No journalistic experience (by that I mean serious news, not the latest Kardashian marriage), Not well known beyond a certain demographic, Has way too many other jobs.

My 2 Cents: I sincerely hope NBC isn't talking to Seacrest because it's going to end up hurting them. Yes he's popular and currently in the NBC Universal family but he needs hard news experience in order to be a serious candidate. Now if he does an entertainment segment exclusive to the program, fine but keep Seacrest away from my morning television!

Coffee with Carl?

Carl Quintanilla

Date of Birth: Unknown

Title: Co-Host of CNBC's Squawk on the Street and Occasional substitute anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News.

Pros: Very insightful, Hands on experience with financial issues, Familiar with Today audience, journalist.

Cons: Seen as convenient choice, No significant experience with other Issues beyond finance, Not known for asking hard-hitting questions.

My 2 Cents: I enjoy when Carl replaces Matt on Today but I think he needs a few more years experience reporting on other subjects before I can say he's the one. But if they did go with him, I'm sure he'd grow into the position quite well.

Crepes with Carson?

Carson Daly

Date of Birth: June 15, 1973

Title: Host (Radio: AMP Radio in Southern California, Television: The Voice and Last Call with Carson Daly)

Pros: Experienced interviewer, Diverse job experience, familiar to a Large Audience, Pop culture savvy

Cons: Lacks journalism skills, Hard to take seriously, Monotone

My 2 Cents: As much as I loved TRL back in the day, Carson Daly works best with hipsters, teeny boppers, and music lovers. He's nice and approachable but hard to see beyond his pop culture background. I would put him in the same boat as Seacrest.

Waffles with Willie?

Willie Geist

Date of Birth: May 3,1975

Title: Host (MSNBC's Way Too Early with Willie Geist) Co-Host (Today fill-in host, MSNBC's Morning Joe) Author/Co-Author (American Freak Show, Loaded!)

Pros: Extensive news experience, Great sense of humor, Already accustomed to the Today Show schedule, Pop culture expert

Cons: More of a commentator than a journalist, a little too sarcastic at times, seen as an easy choice

My 2 Cents: I personally love Willie Geist. If you've ever seen him in the morning he's the right amount of funny and honest, but I don't know if his persona will gel with some Today viewers but I happen to think he's the ideal choice :).

Final Four Analysis

Even though this is just a wild guess of what may happen, it still doesn't hide the possibility of Matt Lauer leaving the program. This will change the dynamic of morning television but I don't think Today will suffer in the ratings too heavily.

The real question for the potential replacements is how will they fit in with the rest of the crew? No, not the technical production staff but Ann, Natalie, and Al. One reason Today is so popular is because of the genuine interactions between the main anchors.

Even though we don't have any way of knowing who will fit in with the Today family, it'll be interesting to keep tabs on what happens.

As always, thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments.


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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      HI Suzette,

      I agree. I think they should choose a strong journalist. Willie is my favorite. I think Seacrest is out since he's involved in 50 other ventures so we'll see.

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      suzettenaples 4 years ago

      I really like this hub. NO- to Ryan Seacrest. I'm not sorry to hear Matt is leaving. I always thought of him as a lightweight. I was outraged when Ann was fired and haven't watched Today since. I don't like Samantha Guthrie either. It will be interesting to see who they choose-it better be a strong journalist or all it will be is a silly entertainment show.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Sunshine,

      I don't watch it that much either. I didn't realize until after Ann left how much of a downer he is on the show. But I never really got into GMA either. Thanks as always :)!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It's been a year and Matt is still on the Today Show and I still barely watch it, maybe if they replace him I will. GMA is still my fav, but they are getting a bit silly for morning TV. Sam Champion makes me keep coming back for more! :)

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks moonlake. I was actually thinking of taking this hub down since Matt has not left. I saw a rumor on a blog the other day that various staff members absolutely hate Matt and they loved Ann. They want Lester Holt to replace Matt but they know that's nearly impossible.

      I have mixed feelings on Matt- I think that he's not the best person behind the scenes but he does have his moments on the job. Is her Mike Wallace? Absolutely not. But there is something about him that most viewers enjoy.

      Savannah is nice but I think the thing is she's not what most viewers are used to. She's not a working mom like past female hosts and she's not married. She's well educated and sees things in a very cerebral manner. But at the same time she does look like she can have fun.

      Thanks again for coming by and commenting.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I know your hub is a little older but don't you think they may now be thinking of replacing Matt. I personally don' t like him.

      I was not happy when they took Ann Curry off the show. I liked her soft spoken ways and I think she was shocked over being blamed for the show not doing well. Why do they blame all the women when the men are still standing and I don't like any of them.

      The lady on there now I just can't warm up to her. I have been watching one of the other news station since the change then I turn back when Kathy Lee and Hoda come on.

      Interesting hub. Voted uP.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks Cogerson. I agree his time's been short but he's had 3 co-hosts since he's been on the show. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      I can not believe how quickly Lauer's time on Today has seems just like yesterday that he was the new guy...and a blink of the eye we are talking about his replacement. Of your possible candidates....Ryan Seacrest seems like a good fit. Another interesting hub that I have voted up and very interesting.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      @ Sunshine: Matt is supposedly leaving at the end of next year for I don't know what. It's reported that he'll follow the footsteps of fellow alum Katie Couric and pursue a talk show or something. I used to watch GMA, but I might be switching if Seacrest or Carson Daly comes into his place. Thanks for reading!

      @ Nia G: I mean he is a constant in the show, but I'm not opposed to change. I think what I'll miss is his interactions with the rest of the crew: Ann, Natalie, and Al.I honestly never watched Live too much unless there's someone I really want to see on there so I can't make the comparison there. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

      I miss Meredith and her humor. I like her way more than Katie but I might be in the minority there. I do agree with you on Savannah. She's nice but she doesn't have the right kind of morning show personality that we're used to.

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      NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Boooo! I don't want to talk about it. I've already been boycotting the "Kelly Rippa" show. Pbbblt! I hate to even call it that. How dare she get her own show. Anyway that's another rant for another day.

      I will miss Matt and his humor tremendously just like I miss Regis. I can't imagine anyone taking either one of their places. Having said that, I don't think Ryan would be a good fill in. I don't know who they can get.

      I already don't like that new tall chick they have. I can deal with her more than I could Meredith though. If they keep it up I'll boycott them too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like your description of Matt especially "he's kind of like your nice relative who doesn't do too well with getting the party started." LOL

      I have always been a GMA fan, I flip over to Today once in awhile. Just recently I've watched Hooda and Kathy?!? They are cool.

      Ok back to the point of the hub. Is Matt leaving? Where's he going? How about Regis replacing him? LOL

      Carson is a dud, Ryan is too busy but I do like your suggestion of Willie, he's a fun guy!

      Fun hub! Good luck to Matt!