Ann Curry’s Seat Taken by Savannah Guthrie, Everyone Acts Like Nothing’s Happened
There have been rumors that Savannah Guthrie would take Ann Curry‘s co-anchor seat at her departure, and within a blink of an eye, Guthrie did just that. After Ann’s tearful departure at the end of Thursday’s show, Guthrie takes her place this morning.
But what’s odd about it is that everyone is acting like nothing’s happened. NBC really knows how to treat their employees (read: Conan O’Brien’s bitter and dramatic departure).
This morning Guthrie sat down beside Matt Lauer and they begin chatting like good ol’ buddies. Neither Lauer nor Guthrie commented on her presence, and the opening credits did not run either co-hosts names on the screen.
It’s pretty clear that NBC is trying to make the transition as hush hush as possible, and their silent act may be a way to alleviate the potential backlash from loyal Curry fans.
Sources say that Guthrie will make her official announcement as co-anchor on July 9th. Curry will be returning to the network as a correspondent, but we have to shake our heads at NBC.
The network has seen its biggest ratings challenge from ABC’s Good Morning America since the mid-1990s, and their first decision was to fire a loyal employee. Guthrie’s full-time position as co-anchor isn’t official yet, but I don’t envy the role that she has to take on.
What did you think about this morning’s Today?