Could the dream team of Lauer and Couric be headed for a reunion?!
Former Today Show anchor Katie Couric is reportedly in talks to return to the popular morning program as a substitute for Savannah Guthrie when the 42-year-old is out on maternity leave later this summer.
The 57-year-old, who left the show in 2006 to become anchor of CBS Evening News, would only be a temporary fill-in for Savannah, who is expected to return to her post after a few months leave.
“It makes perfect sense,” an NBC News staffer told the Daily Mail of the rumors. “The viewers loved [Katie] and Matt Lauer together. This would be a chance to give them exactly what they want.”
An NBC News spokeswoman asserted no official talks have taken place with Couric and the network is considering a range of candidates for the position.
“With the ‘Today’ show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet,” the spokeswoman said. “Stay tuned.”
Insiders are also speculating that Meredith Vieira, who co-hosted the program from 2006-2011, is a frontrunner to step in, while others suggest the network will stick to "internal talent."
Either way, it's no secret Today is hard at work to gain back the top-watched morning program status from Good Morning America. The ABC show beat their NBC rival in the ratings in 2012 for the first time in over 16 years and have held onto the top spot ever since.
In terms of what the two veteran journalists are up to: Katie is currently wrapping up her daytime talk show, which was cancelled late last year, and serves as a Global Anchor for Yahoo News.
Meredith is gearing up for the launch of her NBC talk show, scheduled to begin airing this September.
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