Meredith Vieira: Who Should Replace Her on Today?
04/06/2011 AT 02:30 PM EDT
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.
Veteran Today 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: