Megyn Kelly NOT Replacing Savannah Guthrie, Despite Report
Megyn Kelly is not replacing Savannah Guthrie as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor on the “Today” show, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim. We’re told by Kelly and “Today” show sources it is untrue.
According to the New York Post, “Kelly is likely to take the lead role on the NBC morning show with Lauer when she starts in September.” The tabloid further alleges, “Guthrie, who recently signed a new long-term deal with ‘Today,’ could be bumped to another role.” The paper then quotes a so-called “source” as saying, “NBC is not paying Megyn $12 to $15 million a year to be on at 9 a.m.,” the time slot previously co-hosted by Tamron Hall. “The word is that Savannah could take the 9 a.m. slot and Megyn will go right in at 7 a.m.,” adds the outlet’s supposed “source.” “There’s no way Megyn would have signed with NBC unless she was promised a big role down the line,” says the tipster, who sounds as if he or she is actually just speculating.
“Another source” for the tabloid similarly conjectures, “If you’re Savannah, you’re looking over your shoulder every minute. The first time Savannah is out, Megyn will fill in, sitting next to Matt Lauer and NBC will go to great lengths to capitalize on it.” “It doesn’t make sense to pay Megyn that kind of money unless she’s on at 7 a.m.,” offers the other seemingly ill-informed “source.”
One “Today” insider exclusively assures Gossip Cop, “There’s no truth to this at all.” And Noah Oppenheim, the Senior Executive Vice President of NBC News, further confirms, “Let me say this for the last time and as clearly as possible – this is never ever going to happen.” But it’s not just the “Today” throwing cold water on the Post’s story. A Kelly confidante also tells Gossip Cop there’s “no truth whatsoever” to the paper’s claims about the former Fox host taking over for Guthrie. The rumor about Kelly replacing Guthrie at the “Today” show was wrong a month ago when the tabloid first floated it, and it’s still wrong.