As “Today” plans to regain its footing as the No. 1 morning program, bringing in a fresh, friendly and famous face could give the show a ratings boost.
And when NBC special correspondent Maria Shriver appeared Monday morning on “Today” reporting from The Vatican, she was a hit. So much so, NBC execs want to recruit her to become a permanent part of the team, according to TMZ.
Shriver has long been a part of the NBC family, ever since her days as the host of “Dateline,” and she’s been courted by NBC (as well as other major networks) for years, offers she’s always turned down.
Her participation on “Today” this week has apparently renewed NBC’s interest in pursuing the former First Lady of California.
The only problem? Shriver just isn’t interested, says TMZ. The Kennedy clan member is deeply involved in her charity work and raising her children, and doesn’t want to commit to a daily job. She just doesn’t need it.
Money is also reportedly a factor. Shriver is loaded with it — her reported net worth is upward of $100 million and could potentially double after her divorce to Arnold Schwarzenegger is final, the TMZ story says. The amounts the networks have offered so far isn’t enough to get Shriver to bite.
So it seems viewers will have to settle for just occasional appearances by Shriver on NBC, unless someone makes her an offer she just can’t refuse.