‘Today Show’: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer make official debut

Just over one week after the sudden dismissal of Ann Curry from “The Today Show,” NBC finally had both Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in place Monday morning to host the new edition of the broadcast. The two did anchor together the day after Curry’s exit late last month, but the official announcement about her promotion did not come until later in the day — a move that was probably to soften the blow to the network’s reputation after just letting Curry go.

The show Monday was mostly lighthearted when it came to Guthrie’s introduction, as Lauer took her through an initiation process that included playing the opening narration multiple times — just so she could get used to the feeling — and also getting a special montage of moments from her life and career that would help viewers get to know here  a little bit better.

At the end of her stint on the show Monday, Guthrie did include Curry in what was a fairly nice message to all of the women who came before her on the show:

“I’m so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women that I admire. Ann, Meredith, and Katie, and Jane, Deborah, Barbara … I love being with you guys every day.”

While it’s hard not to be sympathetic to Curry still, Guthrie did a solid job in her first day on the job — she was smart, funny at times, and only seemed to have a few nerves that were creeping up throughout. Of course, it’s hard to judge someone’s performance on a morning show based on one day, and it will probably be weeks before we figure out just whether or not Savannah is right for the job.

How do you think the first day for Guthrie went on the show? If you want to see some of Curry’s first comments since her dismissal, be sure to visit this story.

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