Ann Curry, NeNe Leakes, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck with Meredith Vieira in the middle
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04/06/2011 at 03:00 PM EDT
Who would you like to wake up to in the morning?
With Meredith Vieira reportedly considering leaving the Today show
when her contract is up in the fall, the obvious next question is: Who should replace her.
anchor Ann Curry seems like a serious contender for the gig. Having been the show's news anchor since 1997, Curry has paid her dues and is a familiar face to viewers. As the host of Dateline NBC
and often a fill-in anchor on NBC Nightly News
, Curry certainly has the chops for the job.
Two other familiar faces on Today
are the wild, fun-loving pair Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb who host the wide-ranging fourth hour of the program. The two women play well off of each other (often fueled by a couple of cocktails) but would Matt Lauer be able to get a word in?
Or could one of Vieira's former co-hosts from The View
fill her shoes? Vieira made a successful transition from the morning gab-fest to Today
, so perhaps Elisabeth Hasselbeck can do the same. Hasselbeck, who's been on The View
since 2003, may draw a younger audience. Plus, a morning show should be a walk in the park compared to her run on Survivor
Then again, maybe a reality star would spice things up. There would never be a dull moment with The Real Housewives of Atlanta
star NeNe Leakes on Today
. Leakes certainly isn't afraid to speak her mind and has proven she's a force to be reckoned with on this season's The Celebrity Apprentice
They say you can never go home again, but perhaps Katie Couric would consider coming back to her Today
roots. The anchor for CBS Evening News
is reportedly considering leaving
the newscast. Couric definitely has the pizazz and the chemistry with Today
co-anchor Matt Lauer to make mornings shine.
So tell us who should get the job if Vieira leaves: