Matt Lauer to Be Replaced on TODAY Show? - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Matt Lauer to Be Replaced on TODAY Show?

Posted: Updated:

YAHOO.COM - Are Matt Lauer's days on the TODAY couch numbered? A new piece in The New York Times delves into the morning show's continued ratings slump as it languishes in the number two spot behind rival Good Morning America -- and suggests that the network is seriously considering replacing co-anchor Lauer, 55.

During a recent staff meeting, the Times reports, an executive told the staffers of the embattled show: "What matters most is the anchor connection to the audience; what we need to work on is the connection." PHOTOS: Stars who've been fired "What they meant was Matt," a staff member told the Times. "But no one would say it." Lauer, whom some blame for the messy departure of co-anchor Ann Curry back in June, has seen his "Q Score," a measure of TV likability, plummet from 19 in September 2011 to 9 this January. Rumors continue to circulate that Lauer could be replaced by fellow TODAY stars Willie Geist or David Gregory.

In response to the Times piece, a show source tells Us Weekly: "NBC News has no plans to replace Matt Lauer. Everyone at the show hopes he stays for many years to come." As for the account of the staff meeting, in which Lauer's "anchor connection to the audience" was supposedly called into question? "The connection they were referring to was the connection viewers like to see between anchors and the stories on the show," the source argues.

In a recent Daily Beast interview, Lauer finally opened up about Curry's departure and the ensuing bad press, concurring that the network didn't handle the "transition" as well as it could have. In the story, other network executives defended Lauer, and insisted he was not responsible for Curry's exit.

A rep for NBC News had no comment about the Times story.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Police: Fast food customer in Indiana orders cheese sticks, gets side of cocaine

    Police: Fast food customer in Indiana orders cheese sticks, gets side of cocaine

    Saturday, December 16 2017 2:10 AM EST2017-12-16 07:10:41 GMT
    Police: Fast food customer in Indiana orders cheese sticks, gets side of cocainePolice: Fast food customer in Indiana orders cheese sticks, gets side of cocaine

    GRIFFITH, Ind. - A fast food restaurant in Northwest Indiana will remain closed until police figure out how cocaine allegedly wound up in a customer’s order. A Broad Street Gyros customer called police Nov. 21 saying she thought there was cocaine in her takeout order. According to the Chicago Tribune, the woman told police she found a small baggie of white powder stuffed inside a plastic foam cup along with her cheese sticks. According to 

    More >>

    GRIFFITH, Ind. - A fast food restaurant in Northwest Indiana will remain closed until police figure out how cocaine allegedly wound up in a customer’s order. A Broad Street Gyros customer called police Nov. 21 saying she thought there was cocaine in her takeout order. According to the Chicago Tribune, the woman told police she found a small baggie of white powder stuffed inside a plastic foam cup along with her cheese sticks. According to 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 15th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 15th

    Saturday, December 16 2017 2:00 AM EST2017-12-16 07:00:12 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 15th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, December 15th.

    More >>
  • Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

    Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

    Saturday, December 16 2017 1:27 AM EST2017-12-16 06:27:16 GMT

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. The blaze northwest of Los Angeles grew by 3,000 acres overnight and although Santa Ana winds eased on Friday, they are expected to return with a vengeance over the weekend. And the fire is so large that winds on one end may be gustier than those on the other side. The 11-day-old Thomas ...

    More >>

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. The blaze northwest of Los Angeles grew by 3,000 acres overnight and although Santa Ana winds eased on Friday, they are expected to return with a vengeance over the weekend. And the fire is so large that winds on one end may be gustier than those on the other side. The 11-day-old Thomas ...

    More >>
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Kentucky man resisting arrest plunges 40 feet over overpass

    Kentucky man resisting arrest plunges 40 feet over overpass

    Saturday, December 16 2017 3:42 PM EST2017-12-16 20:42:46 GMT

    BELLVUE, Ky. - A truck driver trying to escape from police in northern Kentucky fell 40 feet off an overpass, but even that didn't stop him. A truck driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 471 was about to be taken into custody earlier this month when things took a scary turn. The driver tripped over road debris and fell about 40 feet off the overpass.

    More >>

    BELLVUE, Ky. - A truck driver trying to escape from police in northern Kentucky fell 40 feet off an overpass, but even that didn't stop him. A truck driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 471 was about to be taken into custody earlier this month when things took a scary turn. The driver tripped over road debris and fell about 40 feet off the overpass.

    More >>
  • 2 hospitalized after crashing car during police chase

    2 hospitalized after crashing car during police chase

    Saturday, December 16 2017 2:16 PM EST2017-12-16 19:16:44 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports two people are in the hospital, one in critical condition, after a crash in Moses Lake Saturday morning.  Around 4 a.m. deputies noticed a 2006 BMW driven by 29-year-old Nicholas Romero Rivera of Moses Lake. Deputies recognized Rivera because he was recently involved in an incident in Moses Lake.

    More >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office reports two people are in the hospital, one in critical condition, after a crash in Moses Lake Saturday morning.  Around 4 a.m. deputies noticed a 2006 BMW driven by 29-year-old Nicholas Romero Rivera of Moses Lake. Deputies recognized Rivera because he was recently involved in an incident in Moses Lake.

    More >>
  • More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

    More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

    Saturday, December 16 2017 1:53 PM EST2017-12-16 18:53:34 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.    The Associated Press tallied the purchases from invoices obtained through a public records request. They included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles and more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition.

    More >>

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.    The Associated Press tallied the purchases from invoices obtained through a public records request. They included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles and more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition.

    More >>