Savannah Guthrie has officially been asked to replace Ann Curry as the co-host of “Today,” according to The Huff Post.
NBC News had formally offered the job to Guthrie, currently one of the hosts of the show’s third hour.
A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.
The offer to Guthrie – – who co-hosts the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” with Natalie Morales and Al Roker – was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday evening.
It was also reported that Ann Curry is not leaving NBC News entirely. She has been NBC since 1990, rising from Chicago correspondent to the co-host of one of the most iconic programs in television.
NBC executives are close to hammering out a “substantial” role for Curry at NBC News even as she is set to exit as co-host of “Today.”
It has been speculated that she will become a foreign correspondent.
According to The Washington Post, Ann, who’s only had the job one year, replacing Meredith Vieira who vacated last June, is one year into a three-year-at-$10 mil-per contract and would like the rest in cash.
NBC wants to give her a portion of that coin and a nice foreign correspondents job.
They’d like to have her replacement named in time for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in London.
Guthrie has not formally accepted NBC’s offer yet, it would be a surprise if she turned it down.
“This is a big organization with a lot of things going on,” NBC News president Steve Capus told THR. “As I’ve said a number of times, we are so much bigger than one person, one broadcast.”
“We are going to field the strongest teams possible,” added Capus. “We continually innovate and re-create ourselves, and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Asked to characterize the mood at NBC News, Capus said: “The mood is great around here, actually. We’re not conceding defeat. There’s no reason to. We’re in first place.”
Among the possible replacements for Ann Curry, Savannah Guthrie is known to be the top pick of Jim Bell, the executive producer of “Today.”
The New York Times reports that for the last year, Guthrie, 40, has been the co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” and the chief legal correspondent for the news division.
She learned the TV game in Arizona, Missouri and Washington before she joined NBC in 2007 as a legal analyst.
She also used to be a White House correspondent for the network and a co-anchor of a morning news program for MSNBC.
NY Daily News characterizes her as smart, quick-witted, attractive and able to swing easily between the serious and the silly, seeming at ease with both.
Guthrie is also a good TV age as she just turned 40 in December, meaning she’s old enough so viewers won’t suspect she’s just some ambitious young conniver who slept with the right executive, but young enough to attract audiences whose pop culture references come from the current century.
Accordng to people who have worked with her, she’s ambitious and that she works hard to achieve those ambitions.