Is Today Show Rom-Com Showdown Rigged? [PART 2, final four update]

Earlier this week NBC’s TODAY Show kicked off their Rom-Com Bracket Showdown featuring 16 romantic comedies. Fans all over the country offered many other movies that could have (or should have) made this list, but that is a post for another day. One day The Notebook, one day.

Before the voting officially started, did hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotbe almost slip by announcing the final two movies? This question has made the whole showdown seem like it might be rigged. I posted a theory on Monday that has since been dissolved, but that does NOT mean the showdown is legit.

Earlier today the final four movies were revealed, and this is supposedly all based on viewers’ votes. The last round before the championship includes: Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, Something’s Gotta Give, and You’ve Got Mail.

The connection between two of the movies is easy (in bold, above), they both star Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

A new theory emerges… Tom Hanks stars in News of the World, a movie released late in 2020. This movie is distributed by Universal Pictures, owned by NBCUniversal who also owns NBC, home of The TODAY Show. Perhaps there is a plan to have Tom win because the studio owes him a favor for some unknown reason, or they are hoping to use this as a platform to promote News of the World?

It’s clear that when something (music, movies, etc) is being discussed in the news, it leads to a raise in sales, so, will the hosts point out Tom is currently starring in News of the World? This would boost the movie’s sales, and views, which would undoubtedly benefit the parent company NBCUniversal.

This is the newest conspiracy theory, time will tell if it’s debunked or if there was a secret sinister plan all along, almost spoiled by Hoda and Savannah’s slight slip of the tongue a couple days ago.

What do you all think about this? Is there something going on behind the scenes that viewers don’t know? Comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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