Today Show Staff: We Don't Want Katie Couric Back
Or Meredith Viera, for that matter: insider
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2014 10:07 AM CDT
Katie Couric embraces her former "Today" co-host Matt Lauer while visiting the program in New York Wednesday, May 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – With Today co-host Savannah Guthrie pregnant, execs are thinking of asking Katie Couric or Meredith Viera to return and fill in during Guthrie's maternity leave—and staffers aren't exactly welcoming either back with open arms. Staffers see the idea as "a disservice to [co-hosts] Natalie [Morales] and Tamron [Hall]," one insider explains to Radar. "You already have two seasoned pros that are a part of the show, ready, willing, and able to step up for Savannah."

And if execs are hoping to boost Today's ratings, bringing back Couric or Viera is a particularly bad idea, the insider continues: "If anything, it will just remind viewers how far the show has fallen since that time. The network just doesn’t seem to understand that the show has no chance of being number one with Matt Lauer as part of the show, period." Why? Because people believe that he was behind Ann Curry's forced exit. Click for more from the apparently bitter insider.

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May 8, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
Face it NBC, Matt Lauer is about as interesting as watching paint dry and he sucks at interviewing people. His arrogance shines through no matter how you package the show.
May 8, 2014 4:01 AM CDT
They should replace Guthrie with Matt Lauer in drag and replace Matt Lauer with Tim Tebow.
May 7, 2014 9:31 PM CDT
If they cut the show back to 2 hours it would be better. 4 hours is way too much.