NBC has reportedly worked out its strategy for handling the absence of one of the hosts of the “Today” show as she heads out on maternity leave. Writing on Variety, Brian Steinberg reports that the leave for Savannah Guthrie will be covered by using a rotating lineup of members of the “Today” team to co-host the program’s first two hours.
“Natalie Morales will initially fill in for Guthrie, who will begin maternity leave after Monday’s broadcast of the show. Tamron Hall and Hoda Kotb, who hold forth, respectively, in the show’s third and fourth hours, will also fill in during the days ahead, as part of a rotation, according to a spokeswoman for the program,” the piece notes.
Surprise hosts will fill in on some days, with NBC saying it will announce the guest hosts at a later date. Matt Lauer will continue to co-host the show in its first two hours.