New “Today” show co-host will be Ann Curry
Meredith Vieira announced to the “Today” show audience on Monday, May 9, 2011, that Ann Curry would officially be replacing her when she stepped down from the show. Curry will be taking her co-anchor position opposite Matt Lauer. Also joining will be Natalie Morales, who will be newsreader, as well as Savannah Guthrie, who will begin as co-host within the third hour with Al Rocker and Morales.
NBC News president, Steve Capus, announced at a press conference that the network was making these alterations to the show from a “position of strength”. The “Today” show is the most profitable television show, as it brings in approximately $200 million every year.
When Vieira was selected for the co-host position, five years ago, she was chosen over Curry. There remain some internal speculations about the chemistry between Curry and Lauer.
Lauer, for his part, stated that he would “miss Meredith like crazy,” but equally doled out the praises to Curry, who has been with the program for fifteen years and has shared the host couch with her over 200 times already on the show.
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