So with the news that Ann Curry is out, come the question of who is in? Here are my predictions for who could possibly be joining Matt on the tan couch to great America as they start their day:
Currently, Natalie serves as the news anchor on the Today Show (Ann Curry’s previous role). She has been with the Today Show since 2006, when she started as a National Correspondent before being named co-anchor of the third hour of the show in March 2008. Natalie would be a safe choice but I am not sure she bring enough “spunk” to the set.
Reported to have been offered the role already, Savannah is clearly the favorite to take on the co-hosting role. After serving as a White House correspondent from 2008 and 2011 and as co-anchor of the MSNBC program The Daily Rundown from 2010 and 2011. Guthrie joined NBC in September 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent, regularly reporting on trials throughout the country. At the same time that Ann took on the role of co-host, Guthrie was announced as the co-host of Today’s third hour alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker. In that role she also substitutes as news anchor and main co-host, and appears as the Chief Legal Analyst across all NBC platforms.
Personally, I am not a huge Savannah fan. I think she bring a lot of the same nervous/awkward energy that Ann brought to the set.
Another name that has been thrown around by the press is Hoda Kotb, the co-host of Today Show’s fourth (and arguable horrible) hour. Hoda joined Kathy Lee in 2007 in this role, where they sit around, drink wine and talk about “soft news.” While Hoda does have a background in reporting hard news, I personally think she has tarnished her credibility and seriousness with her ridiculous antics on the fourth hour of the today show.
Elisabeth first entered the spotlight as a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback back in 2001. Currently, she is a co-host on the daytime talk show The View and is a contributor to the ABC morning broadcast Good Morning America. While this is a rival to the Today Show, I think she would be a strong addition to the struggling NBC show. And even though her political views don’t align with mine, I think she brings an interesting perspective to things and I can see her and Matt working well together.
So who is your pick to cozy up next to Matt? I’m sure we will find out soon enough!