It's official. Popular television host Ryan Seacrest will join the NBC team covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While it may seem like an odd choice to some people, NBC's pleased to have Ryan on board.
Rumors have been circulating that Seacrest might eventually replace Matt Lauer on the Today Show. However, some people feel that he doesn't have the proper credentials for that job. Perhaps his connection with NBC through the Olympics will change their minds.
"I've worked with E! network for years," Ryan told Matt Lauer on Today. "And NBC Universal and E! are in the same family." He went on to explain further. "The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! network. The first assignment will be to join the prime time team for the Olympics."
It certainly sounds like NBC is trying to groom Seacrest for something. With Lauer set to retire sometime in the near future, it makes sense that people might draw the conclusion the network is grooming him for that job. But is it realistic?
That's hard to say. A lot of people may never see Seacrest as anything but the wise-cracking, often obnoxious host of American Idol. On the other hand, Seacrest has proven himself a worthy host of both radio and TV. The question is: Does that translate to news?
On the other hand, NBC's playing it smart. They're letting Ryan Seacrest get his feet wet in a newsworthy environment. If he succeeds with the Olympic Games and becomes a saleable newsperson, then he's suddenly a real contender for Lauer's job.
What do you think? Is Seacrest and the Olympics a fit? Can Ryan ever replace Matt? Sound off below.