10:13 PM EDT 02/24/2014
Originally posted 06/29/2012 01:20PM
You've seen her face around NBC before, but now you'll be seeing it a lot more: Savannah Guthrie has officially been chosen to replace Ann Curry as Matt Lauer's Today Show co-host, the network announced Friday morning.
"In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player," NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement on Friday. "She's got an undeniable range, and she's earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike. I couldn't be happier for Savannah and the entire Today team."
The 40-year-old Arizona native is no stranger to the morning show, of course – she's been co-anchoring the 9 a.m. hour since August 2011, and she will continue her role as NBC News chief legal correspondent.
Not too familiar with Guthrie and her friendly yet hard-hitting style? Here are five things to know about Today's newest co-host.
Originally posted 06/28/2012 03:10PM
If you were worried for Ann Curry, it's all over.
After showing up for work at Today in recent days only to see a path being cleared for her past the cameras and on to the morning-show guillotine, Curry announced on air Thursday that she would be leaving her NBC co-host job scarcely more than a year since taking over from sage, sunny Meredith Vieira.
No replacement has been announced, but in the media universe, where truth is believed to reside, the scuttlebutt was that Matt Lauer's next co-host will be the crisp and companionable Savannah Guthrie, who helms Today's third hour.
Originally posted 06/28/2012 09:05AM
Ann Curry will no longer co-host the Today show – effective immediately.
"This is not easy to say," a choked-up Curry, 55, announced on Thursday's show, as her costars sat on the sofa next to her. She said Thursday would be her last day as a regular on the show, but "I will still be part of the Today show family, in a different role."
She said she has been "given a fancy new title" and will roam the globe for NBC, reporting the news.
With tears in her eyes, she expressed her gratitude and love for the viewers and the behind-the-scenes staff, and said, "To those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line – but, man, I did try."
Originally posted 06/21/2012 03:35PM
Is Ann Curry leaving the Today show?
According to a The New York Times report (citing unidentified parties involved in the negotiations), Matt Lauer's latest co-host may soon find herself off the popular morning show and into a new job at the network as a foreign correspondent.
An official announcement is reportedly expected before the start of the summer Olympics next month.
Originally posted 05/10/2012 08:30AM
Originally posted 05/02/2012 08:05AM
Bobby Brown will not accept the theory that he is responsible for his ex-wife Whitney Houston's death. Nor does he believe he is the one who got the music legend hooked on drugs.
"Not true," the R&B singer, 43, tells Matt Lauer in a Today show interview Tuesday, Brown's first since the Feb. 11 death of Houston. "I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney. I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all."
Brown insists drugs were already part of Houston's life "way before" their relationship. "It's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [claim that I] got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone."
Originally posted 04/06/2012 07:15AM
Hardly a cliffhanger, given that the news broke out Thursday, but still nice to know – Matt Lauer is sticking with Today, he confirmed on Friday's program.
The NBC morning host first joked that he was developing a new show in which viewers could tune in every day and "see the host lose a little bit more of his hair." Failing that, Lauer said, "This is my family, this is my show ... let's keep going."
His co-host Ann Curry and weatherman Al Roker applauded, and Curry called his announcement "a huge bit of great news."
Originally posted 04/05/2012 08:00PM
Matt Lauer may have joked around that Ryan Seacrest was out to replace him, but it turns out the Today show host isn't going anywhere for a while.
A rep for NBC confirms to PEOPLE that Lauer, 54, has signed a new long-term contract with NBC News as co-anchor of the Today show.
Lauer will make the official announcement on NBC's Today show Friday morning.
On Wednesday, Seacrest announced plans to participate in NBC's primetime coverage of the Summer Olympics.
Originally posted 04/04/2012 09:15AM
Is Matt Lauer heading out the door?
A lot of people have been making themselves at home in the Today show star's dressing room this week. Tuesday, it was guest host Sarah Palin, who said she used Lauer's hair product. Wednesday, it was Ryan Seacrest, who pretended to make off with Lauer's briefcase.
The Palin plant was simply a gag. But the Seacrest appearance had a deeper meaning, amid swirling rumors that NBC brass is eyeing the American Idol host and media mogul to replace Lauer should Matt – whose contract reportedly expires next year – leave his NBC job.
In an on-air interview on Wednesday's Today, Lauer, 54, asked Seacrest, 37, point-blank if he had had conversations with NBC, and demanded "names and dates."
"Oh," joked Seacrest, "they didn't tell you?"
Originally posted 02/28/2012 08:30PM
Lindsay Lohan has claimed in the past that she's "in the clear" of trouble.
Now, she says, she knows that her actions will have to speak louder than words.
"I still need to go through the process of proving myself," Lohan, who's hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, tells Matt Lauer in an interview that will air on Today Thursday.
She adds: "You know, with SNL, being on time, being, you know, keeping my – can't say the word – but stuff together."
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!