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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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31.

Beesus    

This is supposed to help their ratings? hey NBC ever thought it might be Sam Champion's weather that has been your demise? Or maybe it's the additional two hours of local news coverage a lot of local area's affiliates have started airing in the past twenty years. I know I don't watch any of the nat'l morning show s because of this. I could personally care less about wheteer or not Guthrie is taking Curry's spot, but will it make me watch any more or less... probably less.

754 days ago
32.

Warchild    

I hope Ann farted in the chair before she left.

754 days ago
33.

Kski    

Matt is no prize. He's a balding, pompas arse. Bring Tom Cruise back to the Today show. Ann has been a class act during this entire fiasco. Let the Today show ratings drop!

754 days ago
34.

Drew    

First

754 days ago
35.

RaineeDrops    

NBC & Mat Lauer = Bullies, for how they just treated her. Where was Ann's 2 hour farewell like they have dedicated to Merideth and others who left the show, what about giving credit to all that Ann gave to the Today Show, her top stories, the sensitive topics, her love and respect for American soldiers, her heart, her compassion? NBC has no compassion and Mat Lauer only thinks about himself and was behind in getting Ann off the show. Then he has the audacity this morning to act like he cares, no wonder Ann's body language was what it was, yet she was too nice to glare at him or tell him to bleep off. Because SHE is a lady, unlike! He is a fake jerk playing it up for the camera in his passive/aggressive snake like way!

754 days ago
36.

Carl    

I think this is Matt Lauer's Jay Leno or LeBron moment. Both of those guys were liked by most everyone until they showed themselves to be egotistical jerks that would step on anyone that gets in their way and not care. Matt just proved he's one of the boys!

754 days ago
37.

Fat Mike    

Enjoy the honeymoon period. As soon as that's over, you and the executives who railroaded Ann are all getting fired. Matt Lauer is a douche!

754 days ago
38.

Sashatree    

And for the first time in more than 15 years, I won't be watching the Today Show. NBC -- you blew it! You obviously support Matt "Bully/Narcissist" Lauer over his female co-hosts and have no problem treating them like **** when little Matty-boy has a hissy fit about them. I won't support that kind of behavior any longer. Good riddance.

754 days ago
39.

EM    

Stupid tmz. Of course the Today show has some to fill the set. The show has had a Co-Host lineup since I can remember. If anyone wants too see how poorly a revolving door of guest hosts can make a show, try getting through Fox's Good Day LA. They have sucked since trying out guest hosts sine they fired Dorothy Lucy.

754 days ago
40.

janja    

nbc's biggest mistake

754 days ago
41.

pk    

Sorry, no improvement with Savannah...keep trying NBC

754 days ago
42.

Moni    

GMA!!!! GMA!!!! That's what I will be watching! Today Show sucks!

754 days ago
43.

Jordan    

Who is next to get the axe if ratings still drop?

754 days ago
44.

kade madison    

Savannah has been there for a while now. Guess NBC doesn't think it's Matt or someone else causing a ratings flop? Ann is the best, most sane part of the show. NBC your ratings will continue to slide. You will end up in third place by next ratings book.

754 days ago
45.

Sandra     

Lauer did not want her to have the job!!.Lauer and NBC have handled this poorly!! I suggest Today will suffer in the ratings and will not bounce back! I no longer watch and prefer Charlie Rose and group as well as GMA!! Dare i suggest Lauer will get his and hopefully sooner than later!!!!

754 days ago
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