Savannah Guthrie started her new job as co-anchor of Today this morning. Previously the show’s 9 a.m. co-anchor and legal correspondent, Ms. Guthrie replaced fifteen-year Today vet Ann Curry, who was fired due to low ratings. Ms. Curry left NBC’s morning show with a teary goodbye and a reported $10 m. buyout, but will continue to serve as a foreign correspondent and anchor-at-large.
Per some kind of Today tradition, Ms. Guthrie was introduced twice.
“I’m glad you played it again because I was so nervous I didn’t hear it the first time,” she told co-anchor Matt Lauer.
We’d be nervous too if we had Good Morning America nipping at our heels. During Ms. Curry’s tenure, ABC’s rival program broke Today’s sixteen-year winning streak. During her last week, GMA tied Today. (Though Today maintained its hold on the crucial 25-54-year-olds demographic.)
“We’re happiest because you bring a great attitude and what we like to call a weird sense of humor to this program,” Mr. Lauer said.
“7:02 and he’s already calling me weird.” she replied.
Is this what chemistry sounds like?