NBC's Today Show Looks To Shuffle Chairs

While NBC still hasn't officially said that Ann Curry is getting the boot, it's probably the worst-kept secret in New York and media circles in general. The logical next question: Who's "in" now that Curry's "out" as Matt Lauer's sidekick?

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No single person is a shoo-in for the Today Show gig, as this weekend's searches for "Hoda Kotb" — Kathie Lee's chatty right-hand woman for the fourth hour "fluff" segments — was trending as the anchorette to beat.

Now, there's a new contender on the block, in the form of co-host and news anchor for Today's Hour No. 3, Savannah Guthrie.

New York Daily News reports TV officials are characterizing the move to replace Curry as co-host alongside Matt Lauer as a "tricky" game of musical chairs. That's because there appears to be no "single obvious candidate."

Kotb, Guthrie pros, cons

In this corner, Kotb, 47, already has a following and presence.

She came to the Today stage in 2007, following hard-news stints at markets in the South and Dateline. Her public battle with breast cancer earned the respect of many viewers.

Problem is, she's become known more recently for her drinky-drinky antics with Kathie Lee than for her journalistic prowess.

Then there's Guthrie.

The 40-year-old doesn't have the following or recognition of Kotb… just yet. But what the attorney and court reporter does have, insiders say, is some serious reporting savvy and the glamour needed for such a high-profile TV gig. She's also been with NBC since 2007.

We know there are still a lot of Ann Curry lovers out there.

In fact, you may be among the (18,327 and counting) fans who signed a petition to keep Curry on board.

Problem is, for you Curry fans, the talks NBC is reportedly holding to determine the fate of the 15-year NBC vet are a natural freak-out reaction to a big surprise: The show that invented morning news and dominated it for ages fell in a jaw-dropping ratings tie to Good Morning America this spring.

So it's looking more and more like — petition or not — the question is now less, "Will Curry stay?" and more, "Who will replace her when she goes?"

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Comments on "Ann Curry out, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie in?"

jsears June 26, 2012 | 6:32 AM

It shouldn't take a TV exec to figure out that Curry is anything but a "people person". She refuses to let those that she is interviewing answer a question without butting in before they are done. She has to be the center of attention during any segment of the show. No matter what is going on, she will move into the scene so that her mug can be seen on TV. As for Hoda, I used to like her a lot. But when she and Kathy Lee got their own little piece of heaven after the main portion of the Today Show, her ratings dropped with me. I truly believe that she and Kathy Lee have a drinking problem. They cannot seem to be able to start the show without having a glass of wine sitting on the desk in front of them. And it's a non stop gab-fest when those two start talking over each other. I may move over to CBS as well for my morning show.

Emma June 25, 2012 | 2:07 PM

I think it is too bad that the Today Show was what put morning news on the radar, and now it has lost so much momentum that it has fallen so drastically in ratings. Whatever they decide to do with Curry and whoever replaces her, they will have a lot of work to do to get the ratings back where they want! Maybe they need an entirely new fresh face?!

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