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12/08/2011 at 03:00 PM EST
Matt Lauer may be stepping down as host of NBC's Today
show – and none other than Ryan Seacrest
might be in talks to take his place, according to reports.
Seacrest's contract with E! News
expires early next year and Lauer, 53, has said that he plans to leave the Today
show when his contract expires at the end of 2012. Both programs are owned by NBCUniversal.
There is speculation that Seacrest, 36, might make frequent guest appearances on Today
next year, even possibly as a co-host, reports the New York Times