It’s Official! ‘TODAY’ Promotes Savannah Guthrie to Co-Host

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It clearly isn’t the biggest surprise that Savannah Guthrie is replacing recently ousted Ann Curry for the co-hosting gig on NBC’s TODAY as it has been assumed by the media for days. Nevertheless, NBC News officially made the announcement on Friday afternoon.

How did Guthrie get the gig?

“In just a few short years, Savannah has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player,” NBC News President Steve Capus says. “She’s anchored for Brian on NBC Nightly News, moderated for David on Meet the Press, co-hosted the 9 AM 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,” he continues. “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.”

The 40-year-old journalist has substituted for Curry before and took the vacated seat Friday morning with very little fanfare. A choked up Curry had tearfully announced the day before that she would no longer serve as TODAY’s co-host.

Guthrie has served as the co-host for TODAY’s third hour (alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker) since last year when Curry took over for Meredith Vieira. She’s also served as the show’s chief legal analyst and will continue in the role.

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