Savannah Guthrie replaces Ann Curry on 'Today'

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It's officially official: Savannah Guthrie has been named the new co-host of NBC's Today show with Matt Lauer. Wow, that's entirely new to us. We hadn't heard a word about it beforehand.

The 40-year-old legal correspondent (she's actually a lawyer) won't officially start in her new role until July 9, but the network showed her off anyway, trying to make everyone forget how they blamed the drop in ratings on Ann Curry. Her ignominious exit was quick and painful on Thursday, with the crew gathered around her like she was being sent to the gallows.

"In just a few short years Savannah has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player,"  NBC News president Steve Capus in a statement, according to USA Today. "She's got an undeniable range, and she's earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike."

Guthrie has some practice at this, since she's been hosting the 9 a.m. hour since June. Now if the ratings fall further, NBC will have to continue its grand tradition of treating employees in an awful manner and finally realize Lauer isn't worth $25 million.

[Photo: One of Savannah's first assignments: Talk to Maroon 5's Adam Levine. AP]

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