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Maria Shriver

'Today' Wants Her

BAD

3/20/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Maria Shriver was a smash hit on the "Today" show Monday and sources say NBC honchos are talking about a more permanent deal ... but we're told something big is standing in the way ... MONEY.

Maria -- who was a fixture at NBC for a long time and hosted "Dateline" -- has been courted by the network for years ... especially when hubby Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor of CA.

The former first lady of CA -- who reported from the Vatican -- has turned down the overtures of NBC as well as other networks.  Sources say several networks and cable stations have approached her to do a talk show and she turned them down flat.

Maria, sources say, doesn't want a daily gig because she just doesn't want to work that hard.  She's deep into charity work and also raising her kids, and she's just not that into it.

But here's the real deal breaker ... Maria is loaded.  Her reported worth is north of $100 mil and that could increase by as much as $200 mil when her divorce is final.  We're told the networks have offered her money at various times and for most people it would be a huge deal -- for Maria ... sources say it's not gonna change her life and isn't nearly enough to make her sign a contract.

Short story -- Maria may tease NBC by coming on from time to time, but it's unlikely you'll ever see her every day on TV ... ever again.

24 COMMENTS

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Yeah right.

496 days ago
2.

Jordan    

Maria is suppose to be such good friends with Oprah and Maria did not give Oprah the chance to put her back on TV. OPRAH First Gayle now Maria who is next Stedman?

496 days ago
3.

tdr9    

She's old

496 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

'Today' Wants Her
BAD...............Fire Lauer and Hire Shiver

496 days ago
5.

cobrazombie    

New season of Tales from the Crypt?

496 days ago
6.

I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

She was the "FIRST LADY" but the Mexican housekeeper became the 2nd LADY! lol!

495 days ago
7.

Kevin    

If she joins the Today show I will stop watching....I cannot look at her. She reminds me of the Queen from Aliens....Where is Siquorney when you need her.

495 days ago
8.

Truth    

AND Y WUD WE GIVE A F*CK IN THE FIRST PLACE??? SHE DOESNT IMPROVE OUR LIVES EITHER... TOUCHE! POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

495 days ago
9.

PatinNJ    

Sure, because there aren't enough full-left-wing liberal nut cases on network TV already. Makes perfect sense.

495 days ago
10.

Miss Greta    

How about NO!

495 days ago
11.

static    

She doesn't have any personality so she'll fit right in.

495 days ago
12.

Nix    

Step 1 needs to be: DITCH LAUER! If you skip step 1, nothing else you do helps.

495 days ago
13.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Maria has a face that sinks a thousand ships. She needs to thank God she's a Kennedy because she would have gotten nowhere on her looks. I remember the first time I ever saw her on television, somebody referred to her as "The beautiful, Maria Shriver." The day I learned people in the media are phony ass kissers.

495 days ago
14.

TJ    

She is unwatchable to me... SO unattractive. What did Ah-nold ever see in her?

495 days ago
15.

There's a problem here    

Back in the day Maria was as good a television "journalist" as almost any of them. If she's going to be a permanent fixture she should eat a few sandwiches first to soften her skeletal self up a bit,.

495 days ago
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