It's Official: Savannah Guthrie To Replace Ann Curry As Today Show Co-Anchor

Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer

Just one day after Ann Curry's emotional exit from The Today Show, NBC has made the identity of her replacement official.

Savannah Guthrie (who joined the Today team in 2011) took Ann's former seat next to Matt Lauer this morning, and viewers might have noticed that the show began without the usual introduction of the hosts by the voice-over announcer. Why NBC felt that was was neccessary is anyone's guess, as the network publicly confirmed Guthrie's promotion just a few hours later. Even more oddly, NBC's announcement said that Guthrie will make her "debut" as co-anchor on Monday. I guess today's episode took place in the Twilight Zone then.

This development looks to end one of the most clumsily handled public relations nightmares in NBC's recent history. The overwhelming majority of viewer support was firmly behind Curry, both because people like her, and because her removal was seen as being way too sudden. You'd really think one of the big four networks could handle a long-term employee's departure with more finesse than this.

Here's the "company line" from NBC News President Steve Capus - "In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player. She’s anchored for Brian on NBC Nightly News, moderated for David on Meet the Press, co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour of Today, reported for Rock Center and Dateline, and provided legal insights in our Supreme Court Special Reports – and that was all within the last week! She’s got an undeniable range, and she’s earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike. I couldn’t be happier for Savannah and the entire Today team." I kind of feel bad for Guthrie here. No matter how hard she tries, lots of Today viewers will continue to think of her as "Ann Curry's replacement."

Is it unfair to dislike Savannah Guthrie simply because she replaced Ann Curry? Could NBC have handled this situation in a much more tactful way?


- Ann Curry
- Savannah Guthrie
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Written by: msd85
Jun 29th, 2012, 2:46 pm


Message Posted On Nov 18th, 2012, 6:55 am
I knew that once Meredith left, the network would not be able to adequately replace her. I liked Ann because she seemed genuine and sincere. I think Savannah is pompous , unfeeling and cold. The show doesn't flow at all.. Bye bye NBC.. Going to ABC...

Message Posted On Aug 3rd, 2012, 9:57 pm
Ann Curry and Al Roker were the only reasons I watched the Today Show. Sarah Palin was death for the Today Show. NBC DREAM TEAM: Matt and Sarah. Refusing to watch Palin had me check out CBS. I was so glad to see Charlie and Gail. Since NBC booted Ann, I just surf happily between CBS and ABC. Oh and post script: NBC's taped converage of the Olympics conveys NBC's continued contempt for their American audience. Letterman, Conan, Curry, 2012 OLYMPIAD, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S OPINION, CUT-CUT-CUT.

Message Posted On Jul 8th, 2012, 1:56 pm
Will no longer be watching NBC Today Show, as I admired Ann Curry and thought she was doing a great job!
Rich K

Message Posted On Jul 6th, 2012, 2:34 pm
Ann Curry was much too dramatic for Today. NBC was correct to dump her.... Savannah will do a wonderful job. Now if NBC would just axe Jenna Wolf!

Message Posted On Jul 4th, 2012, 10:34 am
won't bee watching Today, but who cares. Ann did a great job. She can't be replaced by Savannah, Ann had a sincerity about her the public could relate too. The droping of NBC's ratings had nothing to do with her. She was great; and made the most of the format she had to work with. TPB need to revamp and take responsibility for their own errors and the topics they choose, Ann was a credit to NBC, and the hatchet job they did to her will surely haunt the network, May it never come out a winner.

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2012, 4:25 pm
They did the samething in 1990 with debroa norville .With katie curic.

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2012, 3:59 pm
I guess I will be looking for another morning show to watch. I think Ann Curry was excellent in the role as co-host and the decision to remove her will be felt. I hope the shows ratings drop ever further down the pipe. Ann Curry deserves better than what NBC gave her. And for Savanna I'd say good luck because you do not have the warm personna to capture and audience and keep them interested (stone face). NBC officials sucks........
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