Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting a second daughter.The pair revealed the news in December on Instagram with a little help from their toddler daughter, Jasmine Lia.
“Today” ratings have been on a years-long downswing already and Lauer arguably attracted more viewers than any other element of the program.
Morning shows have traditionally -- with a few exceptions -- had a principal male and female host.
A more likely return would be Tamron Hall, who left after Megyn Kelly’s hire was announced, or even Elliot or Bush, who are both currently available and itching to get back in front of the camera.
NBC could also look to cable news and bring in a household name such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper, but his contract with the liberal network will be hard to break if the “AC 360” host was even interested in the early morning gig.
Ambitious Billy Bush, who was hired as a co-host of the 9 a.m.
hour of “Today,” was fired after his voice was heard on the notorious Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape, and after Bush “disrespected” Lauer, according to NBC sources, by recording an impromptu interview with swimmer Ryan Lochte during the Rio Olympics.
Lauer, 59, was its biggest star by far -- presumably worth billions in pure profit to NBC over the next few years.
And now the network will scramble to find a permanent replacement for its flagship program.
If “Today” executives want to hire someone who will irk President Trump – who bashed the network in the aftermath of Lauer’s firing – renowned anti-Trump broadcaster Keith Olbermann is available.
However, he probably ruined whatever dismal chance he had when he accused NBC of enabling Lauer on Twitter.
And there is no male successor to Lauer waiting in the wings.