Following Ann Curry's bumpy exit from the "Today" show, which came to a merciful end yesterday with a teary-eyed farewell, NBC has lined up her replacement. Savannah Guthrie, a co-host on the show's third hour since last year and chief legal correspondent, will slide over into Curry's vacated anchor chair. Guthrie actually already moved over, co-hosting the show this morning before any announcement was made, though her official start will be July 9.
"Today" executive producer Jim Bell called Guthrie a "standout" with a "one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability." NBC News President Steve Capus used similar language to describe the new co-host in a statement of his own.
"In just a few short years Savannah has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player ... 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."
Fans petitioned to save Curry's job, but "Today" losing ground in the ratings battle with "Good Morning America" and a reportedly "icy" relationship with co-host Matt Lauer contributed to Curry's ouster.
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