Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on The Today Show?

Entertainment Dec. 8, 2011 AT 8:50AM
Ryan Seacrest to Replace Matt Lauer on The Today Show? Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.com; Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEF

Ready to see Ryan Seacrest bright and early every morning at 7 a.m. on NBC?

It could happen.

The American Idol host is in talks to replace Matt Lauer on The Today Show if Lauer opts not to renew his contract, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Sources told the paper that Seacrest, 36, is a "possible successor" for Lauer, 53, and met with executives behind the show on Tuesday.

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Although the talks are "preliminary" and "could fall apart any time," Seacrest -- who also co-hosts E! News, his own radio show and produces the Kardashian clan's reality shows, among other gigs -- is "one of NBC's top replacement choices," sources told the Journal.

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Lauer's contract with The Today Show expires in December 2012; he remained on the smash series after co-host Meredith Vieira departed in June, replaced by former news reader Ann Curry.

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