[Blind Gossip] This newsy female is not about to let anyone push her out of her job without a fight!
She was scheduled to take a long break, but when she heard that there was another woman muscling in on her turf – and that her back-stabbing co-worker wasn’t advocating for her – she changed her mind and practically sprinted over to the studio!
She knows very well that her job is not safe. She may not act like the most aggressive person on the air, but she knows how to argue a case and she is a fighter. No one is going to take her job from her without a battle!
She saw how they pushed out [former host] and [other former host] and she’s not about to lay down and play the victim! She doesn’t want anyone to see her as weak, so she came back early. Watch for her to ramp up her on-air energy level and fight to get into as many segments as possible.
Don’t know if it will help… but you’ve got to give her credit for trying!
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[Optional] What do you think will happen to her?
TV Show: Today
Newsy Woman: Savannah Guthrie
Former Hosts: Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall
NBC has assigned various titles to co-hosts over the years. Matt Lauer was an “anchor” and a “news anchor”. Ann Curry was an “anchor” and a “news anchor”. Morales was a “news anchor.” Savannah Guthrie is an “anchor.” Tamron Hall was a “news anchor.”
To keep things simple, we’re just going to call them all co-hosts.
When Savannah Guthrie got promoted to the first hour of Today, she knew she had to take a different approach from her ousted co-host Ann Curry.
She wasn’t going to have a “personal” relationship with Matt Lauer like Natalie Morales, but she wasn’t going to try to be his equal like Ann Curry, either.
That safe approach put Savannah Guthrie her in a weak position. From Fox News:
Accusations of hypocrisy regarding women have dogged Guthrie for years. Guthrie got her big break in 2012 when she stepped in for Ann Curry, who was fired from “Today” after a long, well-documented period of bullying by Lauer and the “Today” show’s largely male management. A 2013 story in New York Times Magazine described Curry’s time at “Today” as “professional torture” and detailed that Guthrie’s predecessor complained to friends that male co-workers were intentionally mean to her and compared her to “Big Bird” simply because she wore a yellow dress. Today executives reportedly referred to the plot to remove Curry as “Operation Bambi.”
During Curry’s brief co-anchorship, Lauer reportedly told a colleague, “I can’t believe I am sitting next to this woman.”
Curry’s emotional on-air goodbye became an infamous sore spot for the prestigious “Today” franchise, especially when Lauer sought to kiss her on the cheek on air, and Curry cringed away. The debacle sorely upset “Today” fans. Guthrie, who’d been a reporter at “Today” and “Nightly News” for years prior to her ascension, never publically defended Curry or challenged NBC about Curry’s treatment, despite numerous publicity interviews she conducted to mark her ascension.
In fact, for her five years as a “Today” co-host, Guthrie sought hard not to repeat Curry’s mistakes, eagerly assuming a subordinate role as Lauer’s junior partner and never challenging him on air — or off.
“She knew how to survive him,” said an industry insider. “Let him do everything he wants, and never, never challenge him and never try to be your own person.”
But Guthrie’s studied sycophancy has come at a price, the insider said: “She has not established any public personality or persona and despite five years in the chair, no one knows who she is.”
Savannah Guthrie has kept her head down, but mere survival did not put her in a strong position.
So when Savannah Guthrie went out on maternity leave earlier this year, she was nervous about what would happen to her job at Today.
She had good reason to be nervous.
She also knew that management was looking around for another big female star to join Today (which would later turn out to be Megyn Kelly).
She knew that back-stabbing Matt Lauer could manage to demote/transfer/fire her if he wanted to.
Sure enough, while Savannah Guthrie was out on maternity leave, NBC hired Megyn Kelly… and Tamron Hall was demoted/fired/quit.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Savannah Guthrie hustled back from maternity leave as fast as she possibly could and immediately started fighting to get included in as many segments as possible to prove her value to the show.
Yes, Savannah Guthrie still has a job. But do you really think that NBC management considers Savannah Guthrie their linchpin for their $500 million Today franchise? Ha!
Congratulations to Cheezhead for being first with the correct response!
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