It’s a done deal. Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor “The Today Show” alongside Matt Lauer, effective immediately, NBC announced Friday.
Guthrie replaces Ann Curry, who made an emotional exit Thursday following an awkward week since her ouster was leaked to the New York Times. Guthrie joined “Today” in June 2011 as co-host of the third hour and also serves as NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent (she will continue in that role). The new “Today” morning team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales officially debuts Monday, July 9.
“In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player,” said Steve Capus, NBC News President, in a statement. “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.”
“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks,” added “Today” Executive Producer Jim Bell. “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm.”
Watch Ann Curry’s Sad Goodbye: