According to a report on Friday, Savannah Guthrie announced she will go on maternity leave after Monday's "Today" show where she is a co-anchor with Matt Lauer. This will be just a week before her due date.
On Friday, the 42-year-old very pregnant woman tweeted her 296,000 followers about her leave of absence. She and recent husband Mike Feldman, 45, are excited about the birth of the baby even though they have chosen not to find out the sex of the baby. Guthrie and Feldman became engaged in May 2013. They married last March and announced she was already four months pregnant. This was Guthrie second marriage and Feldman's first.
Now that Guthrie will be away from the anchor desk for a while, people are speculation who will replace her. It has been reported that NBC will use her maternity leave as a great opportunity to give other members of the "Today" team a turn to co-host the show's first two hours.
Natalie Morales will be the first to fill in for Guthrie while someone else will fill in for Morales. Tamron Hall will leave her third hour post to fill in, and Hoda Kotb will leave her fourth hour post to fill in during the days ahead as part of the rotation, according to Megan Kopf, a spokeswoman for the morning show. She also said that on certain days, surprise guest hosts will be announced at a later time.
There will be no change in Matt Lauer's schedule. He will continue his duties as the show’s other co-anchor in its 7 a.m and 8 a.m. hours.
Guthrie, a former White House correspondent with a law degree from Georgetown University, has played an integral role in reporting on legal matters.
Guthrie has been keeping a baby blog. In one of her entries she writes, "The baby is the first thought when I wake up, and the last thought as I sink into slumber at night. I whisper little encouragements to the baby: 'You’re doing a great job growing up!' or 'I’m so happy you’re here!' I pray for the baby. I sing to him/her. I wonder about the baby constantly: What are you up to? Are you sleeping right now? Are you awake?
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