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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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61.

grannyb    

I will not watch the TODAY show again. They treated Ann like dirt and she is so much more talented than Matt ever thought of being. Of course he gets what he wants just like a little child throwing a fit cuz he doesn't get his way does these days. Give Matt the boot and you will find that the show can survive without Matt.

825 days ago
62.

GHfan    

Matt Lauer just looks like a dirty old man to me! He is so gross!

825 days ago
63.

Christian    

If an actor or actress tries to get out of their contract NBC sues, but the minute the tables are turned, they screw her. She should have gotten her entire 20 million

825 days ago
64.

vixis    

Ann didn't cause the rating to fall, The Today Shows boring lineup did, well it's not the same now since Ann is gone. I will be watching Good Morning America now. Later..Today, Katie Couric gone and now Ann, what's the point.

825 days ago
65.

RaineeDrops    

Matt Lauer's kiss on Ann's head today was like the kiss of Judas. Evil and cruel with a self promoting F.U., it made me so mad to watch him pretend like that.

Just added salt to the wounds that Matt and NBC already caused her.

825 days ago
66.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Meh. Those morning shows are outdated and boring as ever.

825 days ago
67.

RaineeDrops    

Dear NBC, if anything caused your ratings of the Today Show to fail, blame Mat Lauer, over the last couple of years he has turned into a super arrogant misogynistic jerk on your show. He thinks the world is his stage and portrays this haughty attitude like his crap does not stink, he looks down at others in interviews, is condescending, just a POS.

So if you really want to do your inventory, you should have kicked Mat Lauer and his pompous little man syndrome, strange skinny jeaned behind to the curb.

I hope Ann Curry blew her nose in several tissues leaving them all over Mat's dressing room, giving him hives from his germophobic neurotic lunacy.

825 days ago
68.

brad    

I like Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales, but I think Alex Wagner, the female commentator with her own show on MSNBC might have been the better choice. Alex is hot looking, smart, and she has a good personality. She has a really nice smile too. I bet she has a hot looking body too. She might boost those ratings.

825 days ago
69.

brad    

I'd like to see a new guy to take over Matt Lauer's job too. Matt isn't untouchable. Matt doesn't own NBC. Matt is getting old just like Ann Curry is. Why not get rid of Matt too while they are at it and bring in some new blood. Showbiz can be a harsh, cruel business. Ann Curry seems like a classy lady. It's hard to see this happen to her. She'll be alright. She'll still be on the news covering various stories. She might even like the next stage of her career even more. She might could be on one of those "TV news magazine" shows like "Dateline NBC" or "60... Minutes". That's where you tend to see the serious, hard news stories that all journalists love to talk about and report on.

825 days ago
70.

campy    

Ann Curry appears to be of Asian descent, and 'Curry' to the best of my knowledge comes from
India, so where does one place blame for the major malfunction?

825 days ago
71.

Cindy    

What? Your "impeccable" source doesn't have the skinny on Ann's new salary?

825 days ago
72.

the sea    

Gawker had this story nailed back in March.

http://gawker.com/5896867/

Curry leaving to be a foreign correspondent, Guthrie replacing her, Matt hating her.

825 days ago
73.

WhyNot    

So signed contracts don't really mean anything anymore. In order to get Ann they agreed to 10 Mil/yr... but now... they are saying... well... that was then... this is now... downturn in the economy you know. You didn't perform as agreed and our ratings slipped... so bugger off and no, we are not honoring the contract we signed. If I was Ann, I'd have said... see you in court.

825 days ago
74.

WhyNot    

SO... if the ratings are still flat, will they fire her and find someone younger? Or will they look at Matt Lauer again and say... hmmmm.

825 days ago
75.

nonymous    

The classless way this whole thing has been handled is NOT going to help ratings, I'll tell you that much.

825 days ago
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