Current TV’s Joy Behar, comedian Judy Gold and I appeared on "The Joy Behar Show" to discuss the ongoing rumors that Ann Curry will be leaving her host chair at the "Today" show, and who should fill her spot beside Matt Lauer.
“I think the frontrunner is Savannah [Guthrie],” I said.
“I like Savannah too,” said Joy. “She’s very nice, she’s lovely, but Hoda seems to have the spark and the gravitas, at the same time, that Meredith Vieira had.”
Interestingly, it was Hoda who was originally asked to fill in for Ann after the reports broke, before Ann decided she wanted to continue hosting until a decision had been made final.
However, one name circulating among NBC insiders is "E! News" host Giuliana Rancic.
“[Giuliana] is a nice girl,” says Joy. “I like her. But Hoda, if she does it, will have to give up that alcohol. She and Kathie Lee are constantly knocking down the -- you know what I mean -- in the morning. Who gets drunk in the morning?”
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