*Looks like Matt Lauer’s loss may be Craig Melvin’s gain at NBC.
After Lauer was ousted from his “Today” hosting gig in the wake of sexual harassment claims, word has it that “MSNBC Live” host Craig Melvin is among those being considered as his replacement.
“This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “This would be clean slate.”
Melvin, 38, joined MSNBC in 2011 and has anchored coverage of the George Zimmerman trial, the Sandy Hook massacre and the 2012 Republican and Democratic National conventions.
He won an Emmy in 2006 while working at a South Carolina TV station and met his wife, ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak, while both were anchors at Washington D.C.’s NBC affiliate WRC.
Lauer was fired last week amid multiple accusations of inappropriate behavior. He apologized in a statement Thursday, but said that some of the accusations are “untrue.”
“Sunday Today” host Willie Geist and “Today” anchors Megyn Kelly and Hoda Kotb have also been rumored to be in the running.