"Today" Everywoman Should Be Big Favorite to Become New "Weekend Today" Co-Host
Natalie Morales has spent a lot of time sitting in different chairs on "Today" without having enough time to get fully comfortable.
Campbell Brown's departure from "Weekend Today" to CNN should change that.
Morales has filled in for Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira, done time as a news reader for Ann Curry and now pops up a lot hosting in the fluffier 9 a.m. hour, when Vieira is not allowed to appear because of her "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" contract.
But Morales has shown herself to be about more than cooking and fashion segments, and has helped cover such stories as the tsunami, Katrina and the 2004 election.
That and the fact that she's dutifully done her time on the dawn patrol for The Peacock merits a shot next to Lester Holt for "Weekend Today."
Should be a no-brainer, but then again I said that about Brown replacing Couric on "Today." Because that didn't happen is why Brown will next be seen on CNN in November.
Still, I like her chances, with Amy Robach sliding over to take over Morales' duties during the week.
Longer shots: Dateline's Hoda Kotb and Darlene Rodriguez, morning anchor on WNBC-TV.