04/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Today" Show Fans: Katie, Please Come Home!

On Monday morning, shortly after 7 a.m., Mark Sollars, a chatty teenager in a gray hooded sweatshirt, stood in a crowd at Rockefeller Center and glanced over a police barricade at the alfresco portion of NBC's Today studio.

Sensing a potential interview subject, NYTV pounced. So what exactly should Katie Couric do next with her career?

"Katie should come back here," said the young demo-defying Today fan. "This is where she belongs. Everyone loved her here."

Nearby, production assistants had decked out a slab of Today's outdoor set in Western décor (haystacks, etc.), in anticipation of an upcoming feature on lasso lessons.

"She's a fun kind of person," he said. He gestured at the mechanical bull in the center of the plaza. "Not all serious, you know what I'm saying?"

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