Even though Anderson Cooper’s syndicated talk show is canceled, he’s still one hot commodity. Not only is the 45-year-old CNN reporter being eyed for one prestigious hosting gig, but two. Like they say, when one door closes, another one opens. In this case, it’s two.
According to Deadline.com, NBC executives have reached out to Cooper about taking over The Today Show when Matt Lauer’s $25 million contract expires in 2014. With Lauer receiving plenty of negative press since Ann Curry’s ouster and his approval ratings tanking, the peacock network clearly won’t be renewing his contract. The once mighty daytime talk show is consistently playing second fiddle to ABC’s Good Morning America. Obviously, NBC is looking to shake things up and regain the crown.
Even though Matt is on his way out, execs reached out to him for his blessing. Not surprisingly, he’s not happy about his possible replacement. Allegedly, he even contacted Cooper to express his disapproval which caught Cooper by surprise. Ummmm, when did Lauer become the biggest douche in the world? Perhaps, he’s acting all competitive because both him and Cooper are up for another high-profile gig. Find out which one below.
Believe it or not, both Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper are on the short list to replace Alex Trebek. Also in the mix are Brian Williams and Dan Patrick. Trebek hasn’t announced his retirement as of yet, but he has suffered two heart attacks in recent years. He considered retiring in 2012 but was persuaded to stay with the game show until 2016. Alex has been hosting the daily syndicated show since 1984. According to Deadline, all four possible replacements have had talks with Sony TV, but no serious discussions have transpired. At least, not until Trebek indicates he’s ready to leave his post.
Do you think Anderson Cooper is a good fit for The Today Show? Who do you think should replace Matt Lauer on the NBC show? With regards to Jeopardy!, who’s best suited to replace Trebek when he retires? Sound off below.