​Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel make history on Today show​​

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December 27, 2021

Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel will join Matt Lauer as guest co-anchors for the “Today” show on Monday, Dec. 30. This comes after Gumbel and Pauley anchored “Today” together for seven years from 1982 to 1989.

The pair reunited on the show, along with several other former anchors, when “Today” celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Pauley still appears on the show monthly with a recurring segment about older Americans starting new careers.

Last August, the pair reunited to remember colleague John Palmer, who died last summer after a short illness.

Gumbel worked with him and Pauley for seven years on the morning news show. The show explained that the longtime NBC correspondent “moved easily between war zones and five White House administrations, but his closest colleagues said the veteran journalist was known just as much for his graciousness and modesty as for his professional achievements.”

“John was a gentleman with a capital G. He was just gracious in every respect. Just a professional, warm man… Jane was the kid sister, I was the troublesome brother, and we had two eccentric uncles, and then there was John. John was the adult of the group,” Gumbel said.