Couldn’t you just imagine Anna Nicole Smith on the couch next to Matt Lauer? No? Alright, NBC doesn’t seem to think so either. They are reportedly interested in The View‘s Meredith Viera.
Insiders directly connected with NBC News tell TMZ that Meredith Vieira is now first choice to replace Katie Couric if she leaves ‘Today.’
There’s also talk of expanding Today to four hours. If that happens, TMZ is told that Campbell Brown, once the frontrunner to replace Katie, would anchor a portion of the program.
We’re told currently there’s a 70 percent chance that Katie will jump to CBS.
And get this — NBC insiders say another name the network has kicked around is Kelly Ripa, though we’re told she is currently not available.