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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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76.

Charlie    

SG reminds me of the "new girl" at your local station straight out of college with her broadcasting major trying to make it to the big time. One of the tabloids is reporting NatMo thought she had a lock on the co-anchor chair, but Matt's wife threatened divorce if he gave her the position because, well you know why -
The show's ratings will continue to slide.

743 days ago
77.

Katmc.    

She should get all twenty million, they broke the contract.

743 days ago
78.

PatinNJ    

Can't they hire people to read teleprompters for say, $200k per year?

743 days ago
79.

stone8200    

How can you blame 1 person for the diminishing ratings when you have 3 people. The Show is tanking because of poor producers, boring topics and old ideas. I have been watching since 1972 but the way you handled the step down of Ann I promise you I will not be watching any longer. It goes to show you that years of dedication does not pay off.
Good Luck Ann

743 days ago
80.

Superman    

Savannah is intelligent and charming, but probably too liberal for my taste. I think the bigger story is that Matt Lauer's wife reportedly threatened to file for divorce if Natalie Morales became the 'Today' show co-host since Natalie is reportedly the one that Matt was having an affair with during the 2006 Winter Olympics and Matt is rumored to be the father of her youngest son, born in 2008.

743 days ago
81.

Liz    

Lauer is a narcissistic jerk. I've never liked that guy! Never!

743 days ago
82.

bring back recent posts    

......I liked Ann....HATE ...HOW males executed her leaving....GMA..ALL THE WAY!

743 days ago
83.

CC    

I wonder how many correspondents NBC will go through before they figure out Matt is the drag on the show?

743 days ago
84.

keen observer    

ALL supporters of Ann Curry should switch solely to GMA tomorrow morning at 7 am to help win the ratings for GMA.

NBC needs to launch an internal investigation to identify who made the serial media leaks, discipline the employee(s), and apologize to Ann Curry for the leaks.

Accountability calls for heads to roll...Stephen B. Burke, CEO of NBC/Comcast, Steve Capus, President of NBC News, and Jim Bell, Executive Producer of the Today Show. The buck stops with them!

743 days ago
85.

Tweety    

No wonder Meredith Viera refused the offer to return. The TODAY Show is a hot mess! Meredith was the only one who could have brought back sanity and class to this show. I'll definitely switch to GMA.

743 days ago
86.

Savvy1    

Watch out savannah the ratings are going to crash and burn and you'll be the first one they blame! What in the world makes NBC think a frikken lawyer (an immature one at that) can fill a spot that a journalist with decades of experience couldn't fill?? They're gonna eat her alive! Lol

743 days ago
87.

sonnfish    

I really like Ann Curry and hope she finds what she is looking for. She doesn't need that crap. Today used to be mildly interesting years ago. I guess when Smatt cut his hair he decided he was all that. He really just looked(s) like a skinny old balding creep. Go get em Ann!

743 days ago
88.

Jan    

What kind of network fires a woman that is 55 years old and worked for the network for 15 years? NBC
What kind of network has repeated BORING guests like Kate Gosselin and Dina Lohan on ? NBC What kind of network hires fired twice from a tv show, Starr Jones? NBC

743 days ago
89.

Bu    

Savannah Guthrie has an annoying voice and is boring. She is like a Stepford presenter!

743 days ago
90.

Kathryne    

Shame on Harvey for your comments , get your ass of the chair and take Matt with you!

743 days ago
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