Though NBC has not yet officially commented on the contract status of TODAY morning co-anchor Ann Curry, the New York Times reports that network officials are in the process of replacing the journalist, who joined the show in 1997 as an anchor, due to poor ratings.
The Times' Media Decoder blog reports that execs are leaning toward giving TODAY vet Savannah Guthrie the gig, and that negotiations are currently underway. The Hollywood Reporter — who first broke news of the Guthrie talks — suggests that Curry, 55, would remain at NBC's news division in a "substantial" way after departing TODAY. (Curry's most recent promotion came in June 2011 when she replaced Meredith Vieira as Matt Lauer's cohost.)
Formerly NBC's chief legal correspondent, Guthrie, 40, has cohosted the 9 a.m. hour of TODAY for the last year. Also said to be in contention, Natalie Morales, 40, has been with TODAY since 2006 and her name was brought up when the network looked to replace Vieira. Another possibility: Hoda Kotb, 47 has hosted the fourth hour of TODAY alongside Kathie Lee Gifford for the last five years.
Us Weekly wants to know who you'd like to see in the morning anchor chair. Cast your vote for Curry's possible replacement in the poll below now — or tell Us in the comments who you think it should be.
Who Should Replace Ann Curry?
For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!