New York, New York - Karl Rove will be replacing Matt Lauer but only for the "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" segment of the show. Lauer has a young family and the globetrotting has put them under stress. So, it all works out for everybody, explained producers.
Amazingly, it was actually Rove who approached the "Today Show" producers with the idea, telling them he was willing to take the position even as an unpaid intern.
"He said that he didn't plan to be traveling so soon, at least not until after mid January next year," said producers. "He seemed nervous, too, pacing the office and checking his watch every couple of minutes. And all the while, he was mumbling and addressing himself in the third person saying, 'Just keep moving, Karl. You just got to keep moving and everything will be alright."
Originally, Rove asked if he could be the show's foreign correspondent, but producers turned him down for that position, citing a credibility issue.
"We didn't think our views would believe any of the stories he'd be filing," said producers. "At least with the location in the background, our viewers can see with their own eyes that he's telling the truth and even that will be a stretch "
Producers say they decided to accept Rove's offer as their new travel correspondent when they realized that Rove was planning to leave the country anyways.
"It made sense to hire him," said producers. "Because that way when the Congressional hearings start, at least our viewers won't have to ask, 'Where in the World is Karl Rove?"