NEW YORK (AP) _ NBC ``Today'' host Matt Lauer is wishing the best for his morning show predecessor-turned-rival Bryant Gumbel.

Bryant will be co-hosting CBS's new ``Early Show,'' set to debut at 7 a.m. on Nov. 1 from a new storefront studio in the General Motors building across from Central Park. Jane Clayson will be Gumbel's co-host.

``I love the guy,'' Lauer said in the Oct. 16 issue of TV Guide. ``I want nothing but the best for him. I know he feels the same for me. I know he's going to put on a quality show. Other than that, what can I say except we both have a job to do.''

Not everyone is feeling neighborly toward Gumbel and his new show. In September, a posh Fifth Avenue hotel went to court in a bid to stop CBS from using the plaza in front of the General Motors Building for the ``Early Show,'' citing potential annoyances.