Savannah Guthrie became the newest NBC co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, as she takes the seat that was last occupied by Ann Curry.
Co-anchor Matt Lauer gave her a warm welcome, calling it “a new day around here” and clearly signaling that viewers can expect the kind of endearing camaraderie some felt was missing between Lauer and Curry, according to the New York Daily News.
“Today” later ran a video clip package extolling Guthrie — something it conspicuously did not do when Curry left the show at the end of June.
Guthrie took Curry’s seat on the “Today” couch less than five minutes after Curry left on June 28, and assumed the co-anchor position the following day.
Neither she nor Lauer acknowledged any change, though, and NBC did not announce her formal appointment until the show was over that day.
Monday’s on-air announcement thus wrapped up one of the more awkward transitions in recent talk-television history.
Guthrie, who had previously anchored the 9 a.m. hour of “Today,” subtly acknowledged that situation herself, saying her presence was “a little unexpected, as we all know.”
But she said “it’s an honor to be here” and added that she was “proud to be in a place occupied by so many women that I admire.”
Lauer said he was happy she was aboard.
“You’ve done a great job,” he said. “We’re happiest because you bring a great attitude and what we like to call a weird sense of humor.”