There's been a lot of changes at the "Today" show in recent months. But one thing has stayed the same: Katie Couric still hasn't made a full-time return to the NBC morning show, despite a report from January 2017 claiming she was in talks to get her old job back. One year later, the story remains false, just as Gossip Cop said it was.
While Savannah Guthrie was on maternity leave after welcoming her second child, producers decided to have Couric spend a week filling in as a throwback to when she and Matt Lauer were co-anchors. That inspired RadarOnline to claim the veteran journalist was negotiating to come back permanently. "Katie wants to return to 'Today' in some role. Her chemistry with Matt is fantastic and the early numbers show viewers have missed her, too," a so-called "source" was quoted as saying.
The site's specious tipster went on to claim, "Katie's agents are talking with NBC about her returning full time." As for Guthrie, it was alleged that she would be pushed out of the morning anchor chair and moved to another NBC News program, such as "Meet The Press" or "NBC Nightly News." But Gossip Cop learned it was all wrong.
The network had every intention of keeping Guthrie in her current position, and Couric's rep told us that while she had a "great time" serving as a substitute, she "never suggested she wants to permanently return." With a "team in place already," Gossip Cop was assured there was no talk about shaking things up by having the former anchor make a long-term comeback.
Time has proven our reporting was correct. Guthrie remains the "Today" show co-anchor now in January 2018, and Couric has made no moves to take her spot. Of course, there has been some changes at the morning show, ones no one ever could've predicted. Most notably, Matt Lauer was fired in November following allegations of sexual misconduct.
That left a vacancy at the anchor desk, but still, there was no discussion of bring Couric back to the table. In fact, she's refrained from commenting on the situation altogether, aside from telling an Instagram follower, "It's incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I'm ready to." And just this week, almost exactly a year after this inaccurate Couric tale, it is Hoda Kotb who has replaced Lauer as co-anchor of the "Today" show. RadarOnline's article was clearly very misguided.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.