NEW YORK — After much speculation about what he would do next, Al Roker has renewed his contract as weatherman and reporter for the top-rated morning show “Today,” NBC confirmed Wednesday.
Roker, whose contract with NBC expired on Monday, may also join the post-“Today” program, “Later Today,” insiders said.
“We’re extremely pleased to have completed an arrangement with NBC,” said Roker’s agent Alfred Geller, who declined to comment on any possibility of Roker joining “Later Today.” Neither NBC nor Geller would comment on the financial arrangements of Roker’s new deal.
Earlier this month, rumors that NBC’s New York affiliate WNBC was preparing to greenlight a talkshow featuring Roker were sparked when the station let Studios USA out of its long-term contract for the syndicated Maury Povich chatfest “Maury.” Roker began his association with NBC when he joined WNBC as a weekend weathercaster in 1983. He was named Willard Scott’s permanent replacement on “Today” in 1995, after having substituted for Scott since 1988.