Since Matt Lauer’s abrupt exit from the ‘Today’ show, heated speculation has begun over who will be his replacement. Here’s who we feel are the top contenders!
For an entire news cycle, the startling firing of Matt Lauer, 59, as well as the disturbing allegations against him have taken center stage, including him summoning a married female employee to his office for sex. But now, as we slowly attempt to move forward, one nagging question deserves an answer: Who will replace Matt on the Today show? After all, his departure leaves a gaping void and there’s loads of on-air talent that would be perfect for the role. So, we decided to round up some TV personalities we feel have what it takes to head up the program. Head here to peruse all of our top picks.
To start off, Anderson Cooper, 50, is an obvious choice for Matt’s replacement. He professional and thorough in his interviews. He knows how to cover tough, gut-wrenching events with grace and poise. He also knows how to cut loose for a ridiculous segment once in a while. But what about Anderson’s colleague at CNN — Don Lemon? This 51-year-old journalist also knows how to ask the hard questions and has a dry, incredible sense of humor!
What if Savanna Guthrie were joined by another accomplished female journalist like Megyn Kelly?! After all, her own daytime show hasn’t quite gotten the traction she’s after and her interviewing skills are the stuff of legend! How about some young blood for the role? A household name like Carson Daly might do the trick? He’s already a regular on the show, why not give him the hot seat?
Another promising candidate is Shepard Smith. This is Fox News veteran might be known for his polished delivery of breaking news but he’s got a charming side that might just be perfect for the Today show. Can you imagine Lawrence O’Donnell taking up Matt’s mantle? We certainly can! He’s been understandably grave since the Trump administration has begun but die-hard fans will remember his razor-sharp wit and his ability to turn a phrase at the drop of a hat. Put simply — the camera loves this guy!
Another name that should be in contention is Ronan Farrow. This plucky journalist made a name for himself delivering some of the first reports on Harvey Weinstein‘s alleged misdeeds that led to his ouster, and arguably Matt’s departure as well. He is ready for a steady on-air gig?
We’ve got a few random-yet-alluring choices up our sleeves we’d like to discuss as well. Consider for a moment seeing someone like retired quarterback Tony Romo picking the brains of the Hollywood elite while stopping by the Today show to chat about their latest project. How about watching someone like retired NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon assisting with a food segment? We’re convinced that both of these stars have what it takes to captivate audiences on the beloved daytime show!
HollywoodLifers, who do YOU think should replace Matt on the talk show? Did we leave them off the list? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!