NBC bosses are looking during yesterday for a destiny of “Today.”
Katie Couric is being deliberate as a surrogate co-host for a “Today” uncover when co-host Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave this year, network sources tell a Daily News.
“It creates ideal sense,” an NBC News staffer said. “The viewers desired her and Matt Lauer together. This would be a probability to give them accurately what they want.”
Guthrie, 42, is 5 months profound and approaching to be divided from a uncover for a few months commencement in late summer.
NBC officials cautioned that there have been no central talks with Couric’s stay about a replacement pursuit and that another fan favorite, Meredith Vieira, has also been suggested as a possibility, along with stream “internal talent.”
“With a ‘Today’ uncover in a good place, we are sanctified with good talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, though there’s no devise yet,” an NBC News mouthpiece said. “Stay tuned.”
Couric, 57, left “Today” in 2006 to turn anchor of a “CBS Evening News” and afterwards assimilated ABC in 2011. The Disney-owned association distributed her daytime speak uncover while she also served as a special news match contributing to “Today” archrival “Good Morning America” and other news programming.
Buzz of Couric’s intensity lapse to NBC News appears to have begun over cocktails during a star-studded eventuality to applaud a redesign of The New York Observer.
As boldfaced names like Martha Stewart, Ray Kelly and ex-Giants star Justin Tuck mingled, Lauer and Couric accidentally discussed how “cool” it competence be if she sat in for Guthrie, a partygoer said.
The thought picked adult steam on Saturday night when Couric was seen chatting with Guthrie and other NBC News talent during a White House Correspondents’ dinner, and a dual have had lunch during slightest twice in new weeks, sources said.
“Savannah isn’t going anywhere,” an insider tighten to a conditions said, observant that a intensity gig would usually be proxy and Guthrie would of march lapse to a uncover after her maternity leave.
“If it could be worked out, it would make sum clarity for Katie or Meredith, dual informed faces for ‘Today’ viewers,” a insider said, adding: “While this could make sense, it is only speculation, and there have not been any critical conversations about creation it happen.”
There is of march a probability that NBC could go with both, or even a register of rotating co-hosts.
Still, “Today,” that is pulling tough to kick “Good Morning America” and recover a top-watched status, would advantage from even a short-term boost from reuniting Couric and Lauer.
“Just since there are longstanding relationships, doesn’t meant that anything will come of this,” a source tighten to a conditions cautioned.