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It has been almost a week since reports broke that NBC was ousting Ann Curry from The Today Show as co-anchor. Even though NBC and Curry, who continues to report to work, have not commented, many in the press are placing their bets on who will replace Curry. The race is said to be between Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
Guthrie was considered a favorite by early reports. As The New York Daily News notes, she has been with NBC since 2007 and received national exposure at Court TV during her coverage of high profile trials. An attorney, she has worked as a legal correspondent and had most recently been adding commentary on the Jerry Sandusky trial. Currently, she hosts the 9:00 hour of Today with Al Roker and Natalie Morales.
The Huffington Post reports that the media has recently turned its speculating to Kotb, who currently co-hosts the wine-soaked fourth hour of Today. Although she has more series reporting experience, having joined NBC’s Dateline in 1998, her work with Kathie Lee Gifford may make it hard for viewers to take her seriously again.
Curry had worked at Today for 15 years before finally becoming co-anchor with Matt Lauer when Meredith Vieira left. Reports state that she is working with NBC News to take a position as foreign correspondent, but is still owed $10 million as part of the three-year contract she signed when she was named co-anchor.