The Today cohost, 44, last signed a contract in early 2015 to keep her at NBC for at least three years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she signed the “long-term deal” just before departing for maternity leave. Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, declined to comment to the magazine about contract negotiations. Terms of the deal, including length and financial details, have not yet been made available.
Guthrie started her maternity leave on December 2 as she prepares for the birth of her second child with her husband, Michael Feldman. “I’m going to go on my maternity leave after tomorrow,” she announced on the Today show on December 1. “And so all of you who have been saying, ‘Please stop, we’ve seen enough,’ there will be no live birth on the Today show. Tomorrow’s my last day.”
The NBC morning show seems to be intent on keeping its core team together. Cohost Matt Lauer also inked an agreement with NBC to keep him at his position for at least two more years at $20 million per year, a source confirmed to Us Weekly last week.
“The new deal will take him well into 2018,” a source told The New York Post of Lauer’s contract.
Guthrie joined Lauer at the anchor desk back in June 2012 after Ann Curry’s abrupt emotional exit from the show. Prior to that, Guthrie hosted the program’s third hour, served as NBC News White House correspondent and cohosted MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown.