Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb will host the fourth hour of NBC’s Today, according to people familiar with the decision.
There also will be a rotating roster of guest hosts that will include Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis (already contributing correspondent for the show) as well as erstwhile New York Giant running back Tiki Barber, who became a Today correspondent in April.
The network is expected to make an official announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The fourth hour of Today, long planned to squeeze more dollars from the morning, launches Sept. 11.
Today co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer will not have a role in the fourth hour. Vieira is precluded from appearing on the network beyond 10 a.m. as part of the non-compete clause in her contract as the host of the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Curry—Today news-anchor and co-host of the network’s primetime newsmagazine Dateline—and Morales—a national correspondent on the show who frequently fills in at the news desk—were expected to have prominent roles on the fourth hour. Kotb, a correspondent on Dateline, has not previously been in the mix, although her duties as host of the weekly syndicated Your Total Health make her well-suited for morning TV, where health and lifestyle segments are prominent. Kotb has been a Dateline correspondent since 1998. She began hosting Your Total Health in 2004.
[Via TV Newsday]