Inside Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer's 'Today' show relationship


Before the bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct that led to Matt Lauer's firing from the Today show by NBC, he and former co-host Savannah Guthrie had grown close professionally in their five years of working together.

The 45-year-old morning show host, who made the announcement of Lauer's termination on-air last Wednesday, was "affected the most" by the news, a source told ET last week.

"She's not herself. She's visibly shaken," the source added, explaining that around the studio on Thursday morning, Guthrie appeared "sad, in deep thought and preoccupied" off-camera. "She is doing her best to stay upbeat and jolly on-air."

Guthrie and Lauer had shared the desk since July 9, 2012, when she took over for Ann Curry. Since then, the two, along with Al Roker, also hosted both the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony.

In July, when Guthrie celebrated her five-year "Savannahversary" with Today, Lauer was among the co-hosts to offer her praise, while celebrating in studio with her favorite milkshakes and cake.

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THE 91ST ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Today Co-Anchors Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer - (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie live on NBC'S Today at Rockefeller Plaza on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured:Matt Lauer as Dolly Parton and Savannah Guthrie as Kenny Rogers on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on Friday, July 7, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (L-R) Journalists Chuck Todd, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Megyn Kelly and Lester Holt attend the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer of NBC TODAY attend 2017 Matrix Awards at Sheraton New York Times Square on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer at the Today Show desk in Studio 1A on Friday, April 14, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are seen waling in Midtown on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
TODAY -- Matt Lauer's 20th Anniversary Celebration -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchors Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on Friday, January 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie are seen on the set of the 'Today Show' on January 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
THE 90TH ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Today Co-Anchors Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) TV personalities Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist attend the 54th New York Film Festival 'Jackie' screening on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie attend the NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront Presentation on May 16, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: (R-L) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer interview 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during NBC's Today Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: TV personalities Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 236 -- Pictured: (l-r) The Today show co-hosts, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie during an interview with host Seth Meyers on July 27, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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"You make it look way too easy," Lauer shared.

"I think Savannah is one of the most well-rounded people-slash-personalities on the program," Lauer gushed, in a retrospective feature on Today about Guthrie's five years with the team.

Seeing how long they were on the show together, it's not surprising that they shared many memorable moments including two major milestones that have happened during Guthrie's tenure on Today -- the birth of her two children.

"Vale Guthrie Feldman is here! Savannah and Mike have a beautiful (and smart!) little girl!" Lauer tweeted in 2014, when Guthrie's daughter, Vale, was born. "So much joy and excitement. We love her already!"

This past March, Guthrie brought Vale, as well as her then-3-month-old son, Charley, on the show to meet Lauer and the rest of the Today show family.

Obviously, the tone on set has certainly changed in the wake of Lauer's firing after more than 20 years with the show. Lauer was fired by NBC after the network received a "detailed complaint" about his alleged behavior from a colleague. Since then, multiple women have come forward accusing the former anchor of inappropriate sexual conduct.

In response to the allegations, Lauer denied some of the claims, while expressing remorse for past behavior that he now regrets.

Who could replace Matt Lauer?

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Ann Curry -- Viewers were shocked and stunned when Curry was tearfully released from "Today" on air in 2012. According to reports, she had a strained relationship with Lauer, who wanted her dismissed. CEO Steve Burke allegedly told Lauer ahead of the firing, “We need to sign you so we can do Ann," and top execs reportedly celebrated with a toast after she was fired. Although it seems unlikely that the network would potentially rehash old wounds by bringing her back, it could be a popular choice with viewers, many of whom have already taken to Twitter to campaign for her resinstatement.
Megyn Kelly -- When it was first announced that she would leave Fox News for NBC, there were multiple reports of a power struggle to determine her time slot. She's now situated two hours after Lauer's 7 AM spot, but amid all the turmoil, it's possible that she'll manage to snag that top seat.
Craig Melvin -- "Today" weekend co-host Craig Melvin certainly stands a strong stance of the big promotion to Lauer's top slot. He's already a familiar face among viewers, but he lacks the negative baggage of Ann Curry or Megyn Kelly.
Willie Geist -- The "Sunday Today" host has filled in for Lauer on multiple occasions. He's seen all across the network's programming, from MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to NBC News and NBC Sports.
Anderson Cooper -- After the drama with Ann Curry unfolded, leading many viewers to express a distaste for Lauer, rumors floated in 2013 that Anderson Cooper had been approached by NBC about replacing him. However, NBC News exec Alex Wallace at the time dismissed the claim, saying, "We want [Lauer] in the ‘Today’ show anchor chair for many years to come."
Keith Olbermann -- He spent 20 years as a sports reporter before moving into political journalism at MSNBC. Just days ago, he announced he would be ending his GQ web show "The Resistance," explaining that he wanted to retire from political commentary: "No illness. No scandal. No firing. Just I've said what I've had to say," he said. However, he didn't say he wanted to actually retire, leaving open the possibility of returning via a different type of program.
Tamron Hall -- This one's pretty unlikely. Hall decided herself to leave the show, much to the disappointment of many viewers and Hall's own colleagues. She reportedly felt burned by treatment of NBC execs, who booted her from her 9 AM time slot in favor of Megyn Kelly. She could return if there's no bad blood, but there almost certainly is.
Carson Daly -- He's already on the NBC payroll as the host of "The Voice," and some took to Twitter on Wednesday to campaign for him to slide into Lauer's seat.
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"As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed," he said in a statement. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job."

"The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace," he concluded.

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