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Overall last week, “GMA” shrank its gap behind “Today” to 119,000 viewers from 137,000 the previous week.

There had been some reports that “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest could replace Lauer, and the two bantered about it Wednesday when Seacrest visited “Today” to announce he would take part in NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics.

“What kind of conversations have you had with NBC officials about joining the `Today’ show?” Lauer asked Seacrest during a lighthearted exchange.

“Oh,” said Seacrest, grinning, as off-camera laughter was heard from the crew. “They didn’t tell you?”

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