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What Does Savannah Guthrie Have That Ann Curry Doesn't?

Network Goes for Youth and Beauty

Savannah Guthrie Ann Curry

Savannah Guthrie’s rise to the “Today Show” couch aside Matt Lauer begs a couple of questions: What does she have the Ann Curry doesn’t. And will it make a difference? You may not like the answers.

In what increasingly looks like a panicked move by NBC, Curry was fired after only a year as co-host of the show, even though she’s a familiar and well-known presence. She’s worked as the news reader for 13 years.

In her place, the network appears to have replaced her with Guthrie, who only joined the network in 2008 as White House correspondent. She’s been fast tracked ever since.

She was named a co-anchor of MSNBC in 2010 and a year later was named the co-host of Today’s third hour alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker.

Curry paid her dues as a female journalist, starting out at the bottom and spending long years in local television after attending the University of Oregon.

She started as an intern at KTVL in Medford, Ore., and become the station’s first female news reporter. In 1980, she moved to NBC-affiliate KGW in Portland, where she became an anchor. Four years later she jumped to Los Angeles where she won two Emmy awards. She was picked up by NBC in 1990 to work as a correspondent in Chicago.

She became a go-to newswoman at the network, substituting on three of its four national news broadcasts, including the “Today Show.” She subbed for Lauer when he was a news reader and was hired full time for the job in 1997. She replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today last June.

Natalie Morales, who was rumored to have had an affair with Lauer, replaced Curry as news reader, and also wanted her job.

In comparison, Guthrie breezed into a coveted network job in 2007 when NBC hired her as a legal correspondent. She’d previously worked short stints at NBC affiliates WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., KVOA-TV in Tucson, Ariz., and KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Miss, before joining Court TV.

She has more impressive academic credentials; she holds a law degree from Georgetown University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She jumped to NBC as a legal correspondent in 2007. But rest assured, that’s not why she got the job.

The sad fact is she’s 15 years younger than Curry, who is 55. Guthrie is also sexier, bubbly, flirtatious, some may call it charisma, and better looking.

Guthrie also has Katie Couric’s infectious sense of humor and won’t hesitate to flatter Lauer and shower him with deference, something Curry rarely did. Ann, in contrast, was more like your mother’s best friend, or the sorority sister you could always count on for good advice.

She brought Katie’s comfort level to the show and conveyed a level of trust that Guthrie will be hard pressed to match.

In short, the network went with flash instead of experience; youth instead of wisdom. Guthrie is intelligent and articulate. But you can bet that’s not why she got the job. It remains to be seen whether the “Today Show’s” demographically older audience warms up to her.

  • Victoria



    Looking at the two pictures above side-by-side — how can the article say that Savannah is more beautiful??? Ann is clearly much more attractive. I think it is generous to say that Savannah is even “attractive.” Look at pictures of her in her early news-reporting days – with her dark hair, and horrible hair do – there is no other word but “plain” that describes her. I have never seen her “bubbly” – she is awkward, cold, and downright boring to listen to….what was NBC thinking?

  • Sheila Brown

    I think Ann was a classic beauty. She didn’t just read the news, she also interviewed people with an amazing compassion and sensitivity. NBC doesn’t know what they lost! She was used as a scapegoat for there bad ratings, oh please! I would have told them all to go to hell and kiss my ass. My husband and I have watched this show for years, but no longer. We will be watching GMA from now on!

  • Amy

    Since this article took it to the level of comparing beauty…I guess I’ll go there too. Ann is a classic beauty, with a well proportioned body that does not draw attention to itself. Savannah is cute (not beautiful) with pointy teeth, and a very dis-proportioned body that does draw attention. Small shoulders, pouchy stomach and really ugly legs. Yes she has a great personality, but so does Natalie and she is beautiful. Reportedly, Matt’s wife has an issue with her, so despite her tenure she gets passed over.

  • Madkap

    Bah, I stopped watching when Meredith took the anchor chair. Let’s face it, these are morning entertainment programs, not news shows. Read the prompter and be charming. The Today Show (and GMA) are morning puff pieces. They’ll cover “top stories” for 10 minutes out of the hour and then it’s fashion do’s and don’t’s and summer recipes from Emril Legasse. Fake news needs fake anchors; unfortunately, Matt already has the parental role on the show so Ann has to go. The morning needs cute and bubbly, not matronly and severe. Sorry, Ann.

  • Mrs. Davis

    Youth, yes. Beauty, that’s debatable. I think Ann is more attractive, though she is older.

  • Cheek Terrence

    I wonder have the Today Show ever thought that their (cough… King) Uh-um meant Matt Lauer was the reason for them losing viewers??? I use to watch up until Katie Couric left and I always found Matt as one of those people that felt like doing the Today Show and the fluffy parts of the show was beneath him, he always came off as hard and unappealing to me.

  • terri

    Shame on NBC I think after all these years I’m switching to GMA. What a nasty way to treat someone who has such depth and dignity…..Too Bad!

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