It’s official, readers… Savannah Guthry is taking over as co-anchor on “Today.”
Now that Ann Curry is out, Savannah Guthrie is in… Officially. The temp spot holder has been named as the new co-anchor on NBC’s morning talk show. She will fill the space next to Matt Lauer, who many people blame and consider a jerk for forcing Ann out to begin with.
We first suspected the move when, after a sad farewell on Thursday, Savannah appeared later in the show sitting in Ann’s chair next to Lauer. Today, NBC confirms the news with a statement from the President, Steve Capus:
“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.”
When referring to that “range,” Capus cited Guthrie’s experience on “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Dateline,” as well as her work as co-host on “Today.”
“Today” Executive Producer Jim Bell continued with the lovefest. He proclaimed his support for the decision by gushing further about Guthrie.
“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout,” he said. “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills.”’
Apparently the higher ups were hoping all the descriptors would distract from the massive ugliness that lies beneath the move: Blaming Ann Curry for all their problems.
The ratings for the show have been struggling more than usual in the last couple months, so they needed to do something.
Is this a quick fix for a failing show? Does such a thing even exist? We’ll see I guess…