Is Ryan Seacrest Replacing Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Sources say NBC execs are in talks with the American Idol host about joining the mornng news show in 2012

Ryan Seacrest, a.k.a. the hardest-working man in Hollywood, might be adding another high-profile gig to his resume.

The reality television host is reportedly in talks with NBC executives to discuss succeeding Matt Lauer as an anchor on the Today show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest, 36, did meet with top network brass, including Today executive producer Jim Bell, about the possibility of him joining the iconic morning show. But sources say the meeting was part of an ongoing discussion to work with the American Idol host.

Although NBC and Seacrest decline to comment on any possible negotiations, it's no surprise that the network wants to lock in a deal with the multi-talented star.

In April, Seacrest told The Hollywood Reporter he was eager to play a bigger role at the network in the post Comcast-NBCUniversal merger, which included the E! Network.

"I'm kind of going into this merger saying: 'Hey, what do you got? What can we do? Yes. Let's go,'" he told THR at the time.

As for Lauer, he has reportedly looked into the idea of leaving Today once his contract expires 2012, and the experienced celebrity-news anchor and competition host is exactly the sort of familiar face that would make a good successor to Lauer's seat.

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