December 8th, 2011
10:38 AM ET
Ryan Seacrest is among the busiest in the business thanks to his myriad hosting and production duties, and it sounds like he's being eyed for another job: That of co-anchor on "Today."
The Wall Street Journal pegs it as a possibility, as the paper reports that NBC is looking to Seacrest as a potential successor to Matt Lauer, should the anchor depart the morning show next year.
Lauer's been in the co-anchor spot on the program since 1997, and the paper notes that he's recently been hinting that he's thinking of departing.
According to the WSJ, Seacrest met with NBC execs on Tuesday to talk over the idea of him joining "Today." The paper cautions that these conversations are preliminary and vulnerable to breaking down, but that the E! and "American Idol" personality is a top choice.
Seacrest's contract with NBC Universal is said to expire in early 2012. His rep has declined to comment, and so has NBC.
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