MATT Lauer will be replaced by Willie Geist, the co-host of the third hour of TODAY, if the ratings on the fledgling news morning program don’t improve.
“Willie is absolutely being groomed to become Matt Lauer’s replacement if the ratings don’t improve. Willie has been filling in for Matt while he has been on vacation during the holidays and has been doing an phenomenal job,” a source said.
“Willie is so at ease and just an easygoing person, and therefore he makes everyone around him feel comfortable. Savannah and Willie get along very well, they always have. The crew of TODAY has lamented that Willie reminds them of Matt Lauer in his beginning days on the show.
“Matt has changed a lot and isn’t comfortable in his own skin, and the viewers can see that. Willie absolutely isn’t gunning for Matt’s job. He is just showing up for work and doing what is asked of him.”
Lauer has had a horrible year after the ratings on the once-invincible NBC program plummeted and many viewers blamed him for the June ouster of his co-host Ann Curry.
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