'They were mostly about filling in to do weather,' the 'American Idol' host enthuses when asked by Lauer about the possibility of him taking the reins on the NBC morning show.
Ryan Seacrest made a big announcement on "Today" Wednesday, April 4, but it was not like people had speculated before. Instead of replacing Matt Lauer as an anchor on the morning show, the "American Idol" host said that he will join the NBC team for its primetime coverage of Olympic games in London this summer.
"I've worked with the E! network for years and NBC Universal and E! are in the same family. The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have role on the E! network," the boyfriend of Julianne Hough explained. "The first assignment will for me will be with the primetime team at the Olympics on NBC."
The 37-year-old also took it to his Twitter to comment on his upcoming gig. "NBC's Olympic coverage is bar none...I'm thrilled to be joining the team. I hope they put my locker next to Bob Costas. #sameheight," so he wrote.
When Lauer asked what kind of conversations he's had with NBC officials about joining "Today", Seacrest enthused, "Oh, they didn't tell you." He jokingly added, "They were mostly about filling in to do weather."
When pressed with the same issue, Seacrest told Lauer, "I see you doing this as long as you want to. So the question is: How long will you be on the 'Today' show." The two later shared that they have actually talked about it when the story first came out, but there's no tension between them.