June 29, 2012 7:31am PT by THR Staff
Savannah Guthrie Fills Ann Curry's Seat on 'Today'
This Friday morning, Savannah Guthrie was in the seat vacated Thursday by Ann Curry -- and soon after, she was officially confirmed as a permanent co-host.
The opening voice-over that traditionally announces the Today hosts was taken off the show entirely prior to the announcement.
NBC executives were keen to have the Today team in place for the London Olympics, which begin with the Opening Ceremonies on July 27.
Today has had longer lags in between co-hosts. Katie Couric left in April 2006 and though it had been announced that Meredith Vieira would leave ABC's The View for Today, Vieira did not start her job on Today until September. A rotating roster of substitute hosts - including Curry, who was the show's newsreader - filled in.
Guthrie, who has hosted the NBC morning show's 9 p.m. hour, appeared alongside Matt Lauer, both dressed in a sober shade of gray; without mention of her impending promotion, she jumped into the day's headlines such as the Supreme Court's healthcare decision and other hot topics.
Curry's sudden ouster -- and tearful on-camera goodbye -- has resulted in some backlash from TV critics and viewers who saw NBC's treatment of her as callous (compared with the warm farewell Vieira received when she departed last year after six years at the co-anchor's desk).