NBC reportedly wants to protect Savannah Guthrie, the new co-host of "Today," from the wrath of Ann Curry fans who are upset at Curry’s ouster from the show, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
Thousands of Ann Curry fans posted angry comments online. Because of that, Guthrie will be introduced "relatively quietly, with little of the fanfare that accompanied Ms. Curry’s elevation to the role one year ago or Meredith Vieira’s arrival in 2006," the story notes. Guthrie has been the co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of "Today" for the past year.
The change likely won’t be announced on-air until July 9, the piece adds. As of Thursday night, Guthrie hadn’t signed a contract to become the co-host of the 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. hours, although it’s seen as inevitable, according to the article. Guthrie will fill in for Curry this morning (June 29).
As previously reported, Curry gave an emotional farewell yesterday as she sat on the couch with co-host Matt Lauer and the rest of the show’s regulars.