Later this year, when Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave, there will be an empty chair at the table on the morning show.
The New York Daily News and the New York Post both report that Katie Couric is being considered as a temporary replacement for Guthrie, which would reunite her with Matt Lauer, the man she sat next to every morning from 1991 until 2006. Please note: Couric first sat at the Today anchor desk in 1991 when she was substituting for then-co-anchor Deborah Norville, who was — you guessed it — on maternity leave. Norville never came back, and the rest is TV history. Couric has her own talk show at the moment, but it ends in June. Today could get a nice ratings bump by promoting a throwback '90s Matt and Katie reunion, even if it is temporary.
Couric's return is not a done deal, however: Sources say that former Today co-host Meredith Vieira is also being considered as a substitute teacher. Not being considered: Your old pal Ann Curry.
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