Could Matt Lauer or Anderson Cooper Replace Alex Trebek as Jeopardy! Host?

If things turn bad for Matt Lauer at Today it appears he may already have another hosting gig waiting in the wings. According to the New York Post, Lauer is atop the list of potential replacements for Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who is expected to leave the show in 2016. CNN’s Anderson Cooper is also in the running for the job.

According to sources with knowledge of the internal discussions, Sony is also strongly considering Anderson Cooper — whose contract with CNN reportedly ends next year — for the job.

But right now, Lauer’s name is at the top of the list, several sources say.

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Who would you like to replace Trebek?

Has Matt Lauer Lost His Connection With Today’s Audience?


Well, this may explain why Matt Lauer talked about the Ann Curry debacle in an interview with The Daily Beast.  The New York Times published an article Thursday about Today’s ratings decline, Lauer’s plummeting Q Score and if the show’s audience no longer feels a connection to its longtime host.

Reportedly, Lauer’s Q Score has fallen from 19 in June of 2011, when Curry joined Lauer as co-host of Today, to 9 in January of 2013. As if that isn’t bad enough, the New York Times points out NBC and ABC are now analyzing whether-or-not Today’s ratings are better when Lauer is on vacation.

Ms. Curry has been gone for nine months, yet “Today” is still losing to ABC’s “Good Morning America” by about 800,000 total viewers a day. (In the 25-to-54-year-old group, it is losing by fewer than 100,000 viewers.) The ratings are scrutinized now by NBC and ABC for signs that “Today” is stronger on the days when Mr. Lauer is on vacation.

Daytime and Pop Confidential Take 'The Power Trip' in NYC With Jackie Collins!


A historic blizzard pummeling much of the East Coast wasn't enough to prevent me from hopping on a bird from Atlanta to New York City this past weekend. What would make me risk life and frozen limb in such a manner? Why, Jackie Collins of course!

The ultimate queen of sudsy pot boilers released her 29th novel, The Power Trip, on Tuesday and yours truly was asked to co-host a blogger party Monday night at Yotel, with my new homegirl, stylista extraordinaire Lara Eurdolian (above right) of the blog Pretty Connected. READ MORE

Manti Te'o's Scammer to Confess All Today in Part One of Dr. Phil EXCLUSIVE!


Dr. Phil McGraw is proving Oprah taught him well when it comes to snagging must-see interviews. On today's episode of his No. 1-rated syndie talk show, McGraw will air the first part of an exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the Manti Te'o "catfishing" hoax that shocked America.

Last fall, Notre Dame football player Te'o revealed the back-to-back deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend were fueling his efforts to lead his college team to an undefeated regular season. What Te'o allegedly didn't know was that the "girlfriend" he'd met online, fell in love with over the course a two-year relationship and then grieved for, wasn't a girl at all.

McGraw appeared on Today to promote his exclusive with Tuiasosopo, sharing the young man's disturbing admission of being in love with his victim Te'o. Watch a clip from the Today preview, as well as a sneak peek from today's episode of Dr. Phil after the jump!  READ MORE

Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Scandalous' Flops on Broadway

Today's Kathie Lee Gifford won't be adding "successful Broadway producer" to her resume anytime soon. The chat queen's Broadway musical Scandalous is set to close this Sunday, after only 31 preview performances and 29 regular shows, reports the New York Times.   READ MORE

Good Morning America Set to Win First November Sweeps in 17 Years!

Good Morning America keeps gathering reasons to pop open bottles of champagne. According to Broadcast & Cable, GMA is on the verge of winning November sweeps for the first time in 17 years.