The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Today show executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News president Steve Capus and Lauren Kapp, NBC News’ senior vice president for marketing and communications, met with Seacrest Tuesday evening to discuss bringing him onto the show, making sure to add that the talks are very much still in the “beginning stages.” Nonetheless, Seacrest is being described as one of the network’s top choice for the role, according to those with knowledge of the negotiations, and Comcast has been holding discussions with Seacrest for months about enhancing the host and producer’s role at the company.
Earlier, we had reported that Seacrest is having qualms about leaving Los Angeles for New York City, where he’d have to be based to take on the multi-hour morning hosting gig.
Lauer has been with the show since 1997, and is looking to leave next year.
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