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Al Roker ready for the Feud?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2008 2:38PM
Al RokerAl Roker is in final negotiations to host the NBC celebrity edition of Family Feud, the one that we wrote about recently as a summer series on the Peacock.

Roker, currently the main weatherman and easy-going interviewer on Today (the first three hours at least!), would seem a perfect fit for this job. He's friendly, funny, personable and has a high recognizability/likability rating. He's also busy on the dial with Food Network shows, both producing and hosting. In fact, in 2006 his production company put out Celebrity Food Fights, about competing celebs -- not unlike Family Feud concept -- for Food Network.

Like his Today cohort, Meredith Vieira, doing a game show shouldn't interfere with his morning show duties. Meredith is still hosting the syndicated Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?.

Reportedly, this deal is still fluid and may not come together, but if you believe Al Roker -- and I do -- he likes being diversified. In an interview I did with him in 2006 for TV Week, he told me that he like following in the footsteps of his mentor, Willard Scott. "He really took me under his wing. He's the one who said to me, 'You've got to be yourself. That's how you'll be successful.' He also said, 'Never give up your day job.'"

That said, I would think hosting the Feud would be an excellent night job.

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