In a sitdown with the Today show’s Matt Lauer on Wednesday, the multi-hyphenate TV host and producer said the plan “is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! Network. The first assignment will be to join the primetime team for the Olympics on NBC.”
E! Entertainment Television and NBC are siblings within parent company Comcast.
Beyond working on the London Olympics coverage, Seacrest and Lauer did not discuss other assignments on tap. They did address, however, past speculation that the American Idol host was gunning for Lauer’s anchor spot ahead of his Today contract’s expiration date.
Seacrest joked that his conversations with Today producers “were mostly about filling in to do weather.” The two are “friendly,” Lauer told viewers, adding they had dinner together after the reports surfaced.
When Lauer asked if he could see himself taking over at Today as co-anchor, Seacrest responded: “I don’t know. I see YOU doing this for as long as you want to. So the question is: how long will YOU be on the Today show?”
Seacrest, whose contract with Idol is set to expire after the current season 11, said he planned to continue as host of the Fox franchise.
The announcement of his expanded stint with NBC was teased on Sunday by Today producer Jim Bell in an effort to redirect attention to the morning show ahead of Katie Couric‘s debut as guest co-anchor of ABC rival Good Morning America.
As THR previously reported, multiple sources relayed that Seacrest’s new deal with the expanded company would likely include occasional Today appearances in addition to a spot in NBC’s Olympics coverage.
Seacrest co-hosts E! News alongside Giuliana Rancic and also oversees Ryan Seacrest Productions, which produces the Kardashian reality shows and Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset.
He also hosts his own morning radio show and recently announced a partnership with billionaire Mark Cuban to rebrand HDNet as a live-entertainment-focused cable network called AXS.