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Savannah Guthrie

To Take Ann Curry's Chair

TOMORROW

6/28/2012 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ann Curry
's chair isn't even cold yet ... but "Today" producers have already lined up a new ass to fill it for tomorrow's show ... and it belongs to Savannah Guthrie -- the woman who will replace Curry.

NBC sources tell us, Savannah will be anchoring with Matt Lauer Friday ... and it's "likely" they will formally announce the big switch during the show.

We're told the reason it's likely is because Matt is on vacation all next week for the holiday -- and the network wants to announce his new co-host while he's still around ... to show a united front.

TMZ broke the story ... Ann would be getting the chop after Matt made it clear he didn't want to work with her anymore. The declining ratings at "Today" didn't help.

After Ann's emotional exit announcement on Thursday's show, sources say she was in no mood to talk ... and kept quiet by herself in the studio until it was time to leave.

During exit negotiations, Ann had previously demanded the remaining $20 million of her co-hosting contract -- but NBC didn't want to pay her that kinda cash. It's unclear what kind of payout Ann will get, but our sources say NBC offered $10 mil.

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16.

TXLady    

I've never understood why people thought Matt was all that. Hopefully he will be facing the same fate soon since karma can be a b**ch.

742 days ago
17.

the sea    

Good. The fact that Curry was so weepy at leaving with 10m and a job is probably why NBC thought she was weak--Jane Pauley didn't cry.

742 days ago
18.

Liza    

Is NBC insane? Savannah Guthrie is going to be the piece of the puzzle that magically makes The Today Show relevant again? Ms Guthrie is boring, incredibly uninteresting and not at all special. I used to enjoy Today when Meredith Viera was co-host and completely lost interest when Ann Curry came aboard. And Ms. Guthrie...well, I won't be tuning back in anytime soon to watch her.

I'm sticking with GMA.

742 days ago
19.

Rich     

So sad..she will get ONLY 10 million and STILL have a job ...who knows what that will pay. Don't cry on my shoulder!

742 days ago
20.

HumanNature    

GOOD MORNING AMERICA!!!!


HERE I COME!!!!!

742 days ago
21.

Rich     

Savannah was a favorite WAY BACK on Court Tv. She beautiful and very intelligent.

742 days ago
22.

wrx7182    

rewgwergqergwerg

742 days ago
23.

RaineeDrops    

NBC and Mat are heartless. How Mat treated her on the show this morning, was just so fake and insultive.

Those leaking these stories to the media, should be fired and ashamed.

You already humiliated her and hurt her, what more are you after, because this game you are playing is SICK and if it is a PR ploy to try to gain viewer interest, FAIL, you lost me when you took Ann off the show.

I dislike Mat Lauer and now dislike NBC. Horrible how arrogant they both are and how they treat others. Mat should have been the one fired, he is a whiny spoiled brat who thinks the world is his stage and he can control the shots, it is disgusting what he has turned into, bad enough he displays his germa-phobe crap on that show not wanting to shake hands or be near someone sneezing or sniffling, as if he is too good and better then.

Bring your nose down Mat before you drowned yourself.

742 days ago
24.

nickp91    

I wonder if Savannah Guthrie will become the Deborah Norville

742 days ago
25.

RaineeDrops    

I do not like Savannah on the Today Show.

742 days ago
26.

NYC135    

WHO FREAKING CARE...NONE OF THEM PAY MY BILLS...IS THE SAME NEWS IN EVERY CHANNEL....LIKE REALLY!!!!

742 days ago
27.

parlayer    

The show will still suck. no changing the liberal left! first everything second to last. "Everyone is so stupid if they don't see it our way" and "Not worth talking to" I glad not to have to listen.

742 days ago
28.

RaineeDrops    

NBC, you gave Ann the boot, so I am giving you the boot. No Today Show in our house anymore.

<3 U Ann, sorry those heartless trolls (Mat included) treated you like this.

742 days ago
29.

Kim    

NBC is tactless and none of them are fit to carry Ann's purse!

742 days ago
30.

Floridagirl    

Why couldn't it be Matt that is leaving. He has grown into a pompous ass who, should be ashamed of himself. Ann Curry will go on to bigger and better things. The Today Show is no place for a decent person to work.

742 days ago
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