Sunday, 19 August, 2018

MSNBC's Craig Melvin in running to replace Matt Lauer on 'Today' show

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Stacy Diaz | 07 December, 2017, 20:57

Lauer, 59, was sacked from NBC after 20 years as the "Today" show anchor.

"He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission".

"This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC", a source told ET.

Lauer and Roque, who met on a blind date, were married in 1998 and have three children: son Jack, 16, daughter Romy, 14, and son Thijs, 11.

She's been staying at the couple's home in the Hamptons and has rarely left since the sexual misconduct claims against Lauer came out and he was sacked from the NBC morning show.

Entertainment Tonight reports Craig Melvin, host of "MSNBC Live" weekdays and co-host of NBC's "Today" on Saturdays, is in the running for the job.

Page Six notes that Lauer was not only an alleged creep; he reportedly was so ruthless and insecure about his position as NBC's golden boy that he "killed off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was ready to hang it up-so there's nobody to take his place".

After the shocking allegations broke, Lauer apologized for his actions, saying, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions".

Roque, a Dutch-born former model, was seen getting breakfast after dropping her children off at school Wednesday in Sag Harbor, New York. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", the statement read. "I have no words for her husband". It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC", he said. Everybody feels betrayed. She is not going to stay with him and work it out.

Another "Today" staffer told the mag that most workers inside Rockefeller Center are heartbroken and torn between the colleague they knew and the Lauer described by his accusers.

In a new development that's gotta sting, the Today show is dominating morning ratings, and they're already eyeing Craig Melvin as a replacement for the disgraced TV anchor.