Great news for anyone who enjoys the configuration on “The Today Show” as it is: Savannah Guthrie will officially be staying put for some time.
According to a new feature piece from The Hollywood Reporter, Guthrie has a new deal that will keep her on the show for the foreseeable future, though the exact terms of said deal are not entirely clear at present. This news follows up the recent news that Matt Lauer will be staying put as co-anchor through 2018.
Guthrie first signed on to be co-host back in 2012, and has helped to provide stability on a show that was at the time in great turmoil. One of the biggest assets to any morning show is consistency; you want to know that the same people are going to be there every morning to provide you with the news, and you’re living your life concurrently with theirs. It’s with this in mind that you do become emotionally invested in everything that happens with them. Continuing to have at the very least a couple years more consistency should help “Today” remain one of the premier morning shows on broadcast TV.
While Guthrie would not address specific political viewpoints in the interview, she did describe sometimes what it is like to receive criticism based on sexism as opposed to criticism based on her professional ability:
“There is often a different tenor to the criticism. Everybody gets ‘You’re biased.’ But you may also get ‘Why do you roll your eyes and make that face? Why does your voice sound so shrill? Why are you such a B?’ Honestly, I’m interested in fair criticism. I’m not perfect. I try really hard to stay neutral. But often that’s not what you’re finding on social media. You’re finding people who are very opinionated and detect bias in anyone who does not share that opinion.”
Yes, that’s right: People who don’t agree with you on Twitter do tend to assume that you are the worst and proceed to call you some of the worst names in the book.
Congrats to Guthrie on staying put! Hopefully, she’ll continue to be a part of the “Today” world for many years to come.