Rumor has it that NBC Universal is courting Ryan Seacrest to replace Matt Lauer on the “Today” show next year.
Although Laurer hasn’t announced his retirement, he has hinted at it quite seriously, and NBC wants someone big to replace him. And it’s starting to look like that someone is our generation’s version of Dick Clark.
The Wall Street Journal announced the news of the courting on Thursday but so far NBC is keeping mum on the speculation. A “Today” spokesperson went on record about the move, saying, “there seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it’s not our practice to comment on any of it. Matt Lauer has a long-term contract with NBC News and ‘Today.’”
Here’s the thing: Seacrest is an amazing entertainer and host and deserves all the success that comes with his self-made media empire. But does the guy have the chops to report on something as heavy as, say, 9/11? He’s too tan. Too involved in the Kardashians. Too smiley.
But maybe that’s me just being a Hollywood-ist. And maybe what the show needs is Seacrest interviewing a head of state and then ending it with his trademark, “Seacrest, out!” What do you think about this? Write in to let me know.
Sorry, Adele! Radcliffe is tops
Entertainment Weekly has dubbed Daniel Radcliffe its Entertainer of the Year. The magazine was torn between the “Harry Potter” star and singer Adele, but Radcliffe won out due to his success in the massive film franchise and on Broadway. “[Radcliffe is] the nicest guy with one of the brightest futures in Hollywood. There’s nothing he can’t do. Ultimately, there was one person who made the most sense,” says editor Jess Cagle. “Despite all his wealth and fame as a teenager, he never derailed.”
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