Who is Daytime’s Most Liked Morning Show Host? (POLL)

* Al Roker - Today * Carson Daly - Today * Charlie Rose - CBS This Morning * Gayle King - CBS This Morning * George Stephanopoulos - GMA * Hoda Kotb - Today * Josh Elliot - GMA * Lara Spencer - GMA * Kathie Lee Gifford - Today * Matt Lauer - Today * Natalie Morales - Today * Norah O'Donnell - CBS This Morning * Robin Roberts - GMA * Sam Champion - f. GMA * Savannah Guthrie - Today * Willie Geist - Today

Who Will Ascend to Matt Lauer’s Throne at Today?



Matt Lauer's Today contract is up in 2015. Whether NBC will extend his tenure or replace him with one of the men the network has waiting in the wings is a growing topic of discussion — especially with Good Morning America beating Today in the ratings. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Gregory and Willie Geist are the leading in-house contenders, along with CNBC's Carl Quintanilla. Reportedly, Carson Daly is also a dark horse possibility.

Data provided to THR by Q Scores, which measures audience sentiment toward stars, reveals that Geist and Gregory have higher positive ratings than Lauer; among adult women -- the key demographic against which morning TV ads are sold -- Gregory's positive Q Score stands at 18, compared with Geist's 14. Lauer this year dropped to a positive Q Score of 7, compared with 15 in 2012.

Matt Lauer is Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson For Halloween (PHOTOS)



The hosts of the Today Show dressed up as classic TV characters for Halloween. Al Roker pitied viewers by dressing up as Mr. T.

Everyone's favorite morning lushes, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed up as The Flinstone's Wilma and Betty. Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales rolled around the set as Laverne and Shirley; while Carson Daly had a bit of help from Erik Estrada for his CHiPs costume.

However, it was Matt Lauer's choice of Pamela Anderson circa Baywatch that may have been the most surprising to viewers. He wasn't the only fan of Baywatch. Willie Geist dressed up as David Hasselhoff's character. See more photos and a video from Today's Halloween show after the jump!


Matt Lauer Cites “Laziness of the Media” in Fueling Ann Curry Exit Drama


Much has been written about The Today Show firing Ann Curry and the public's perception of Matt Lauer's involvement. The firing damaged the former No. 1 morning show enough for Good Morning America to take the top spot in the ratings. It also spawned countless attempts by NBC to clean up the mess and salvage Lauer's reputation.

Just when most people had begun to forget about the show's dark days Esquire magazine interviewed Lauer about what transpired. The morning show staple blamed "laziness of the media" in part for repeating rumor after rumor. 
The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.

Will Baby North West Debut on Granny Kris Jenner’s New Talk Show?


Will the newest member of the Kardashian family make her first media appearance on Kris Jenner’s upcoming talk show? That's the question on everyone’s minds these days, regarding Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby daughter.

During Jenner's appearance on Today, Matt Lauer rilled the momager on North's first public appearance. Lauer asked:

You‘ve got a tool at your disposal and I want to know right now if you are going to use it. Are there plans in the first week of this show to reveal either photos of the new granddaughter North or perhaps a walk on from Kim, Kanye and North?

Jenner responded:

Well while that’s ambitious, that would be fun. I think you’re just going to have to wait and see and tune in because I’m not sure exactly what’ s going to happen.

Watch Lauer continue to question Jenner about the tyke after the jump!