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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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91.

Savvy1    

If GMA has any kind of BALLS they'll play this one all the way home by offering Ann Curry a spot on their show..... Regaining theat #1 spot AND snagging all the Curry fans at the same time! Seems like a no brainier! Go for it!

785 days ago
92.

Jordan    

Savanna careful what you wish you just might get it.

784 days ago
93.

LindaJay    

I will miss Ann and her well-modulated voice. Too bad. I wish her well. For the way they treated her, they should have to pay DOUBLE the contracted amount!!

784 days ago
94.

Me    

NO ONE is worth $30m over 3 years (especially to read off of cue cards), but NBC needs to honor the contract they entered in to.

784 days ago
95.

DrLoveToe    

a 10 million dollar contract buyout should cheer her right up

784 days ago
96.

Gracie    

So much for watching the morning news..this just may backfire on NBC..

784 days ago
97.

reily    

Ann is one classy lady ,the bitch who jumped in to her job not so much . Matt is the biggest slimeball , twofaced jerk there is., threw his co host under the bus and then bare face lies to her about how good she is.Well may be what this jerk meant to say is that Ann is much too good to be wasting away on a pile of dreck with this jerk on top ,..if so he is right .
Change the channel..

784 days ago
98.

Cashmere    

I watch GMA and have no idea what's going on with the Today show. But what sticks out to me.....only $10 million? I'll trade my $43,000 a year any day. Waaa waaaa.

784 days ago
99.

meohmy    

I've been watching the Today Show for over 25 years. I don't like what they did to Ann. I also think Natalie should have been the one to get the job. I'm watching GMA from now on.

784 days ago
100.

Betty    

He's going on vacation....AGAIN????? What a joke. He's only there about two or three days a week as it is. How stupid for NBC to pay him that kind of money for part-time. So, if the ratings continue to decline, is he going to be terminated also? Or will he blame Guthrie for that as well???!!!

784 days ago
101.

BB not bb    

Curry was born in Guam to Bob Curry, an American from Pueblo, Colorado who is of Cherokee, French, German, Scottish and Irish descent, and Hiroe Nagase, who is from Japan. -- From Wikipedia

So people are bringing race and nationality into this. She is from three different races but doesn't really seem to represent any of them in a noticable way. Maybe that is what is annoying them about her, she doesn't have enough of a separate identity but is there as someone repsresenting herself. She is from three different races. Maybe she is just too confusing or something.


I think they want to hire personalities and not people. I think they want to have the people conform to certain idealizations that if they don't, they are not recognized or accepted.


The idea of America as a melting pot is giving way to an America of conflicting interests. If you are happy to just blend in and be part of the crowd, you don't stand out enough to make the rabble rousers happy.

784 days ago
102.

Susan62509    

Matt is the reason the ratings fell. He had the nerve to try and fake console Ann on camera while the knife he put in her back was still exposed. I have zero respect for Matt Lauer. He is the true definition of two-faced.

784 days ago
103.

Jeff Portlance    

Ann was fine. God forbid the low ratings were due to the sucky producing. Here's a thought, get rid of Matt. Maybe it's the guys fault the ratings are down. Why is it the intelligent, articulate womens fault? I love Savannah, don't get me wrong and I hope she does well but geesh, ever since Katie left Matt can't seem to keep the ship aloat, maybe he is the issue.

784 days ago
104.

ben    

Who the hell does Matt Lauer think he is??? Typical arrogant man/*******!!!! Why do the hosts have to be a man and a woman - like another post on here, keep Ann and add Savannah and get rid of that ass Matt!!!!

784 days ago
105.

Kat Co    

Once again, NBC shows its total douche-baggyness! All the best in the future Ann!!

784 days ago
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