Savannah Guthrie's reported 'power grab' behind the scenes at the 'Today' show revealed

Savannah Guthrie has reportedly left some of the staff at the "Today" show "puzzled" over a recent move that many inside NBC see as a "power grab."

Last month, longtime "Today" show executive producer Don Nash stepped down from his position and was replaced by senior producer Libby Leist. It was a move that "shocked" insiders, who believe it was Guthrie who maneuvered the switch.

SEE ALSO: 'Today' executive producer Don Nash stepping down

"Libby is Savannah's best friend, and Savannah pushed Don out to put Libby there," a source told Page Six. "It is a power grab by Savannah to make sure she gets the best assignments and has someone at the top looking out for her."

Nash was considered to be a close friend to Matt Lauer, who was ousted from "Today" back in November after reports surfaced of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." He has since been permanently replaced by Hoda Kotb.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0863 -- Pictured: (l-r) TODAY Co-Anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb during an interview on May 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are seen on the set of the today show on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (L-R) Joel Schiffman, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Michael Feldman attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING: HARRY AND MEGHAN -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb -- (Photo by: Colin Hutton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2018 The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday April 4, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly, Sunny, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- 'TODAY live from Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics' -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday, February 12, 2018 -- (Photo by: Hagen Hopkins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb Visit 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on January 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday, December 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Friday, December 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Thursday, December 14, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker during the 2017 Christmas In Rockefeller Center -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie embrace at the end of the show on the set of NBC's Today Show, November 29, 2017 in New York City. It was announced on Wednesday morning that long time Today Show host Matt Lauer had been fired for sexual misconduct. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb prepare for segment on the set of NBC's Today Show, November 29, 2017 in New York City. It was announced on Wednesday morning that long time Today Show host Matt Lauer had been fired for sexual misconduct. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Monday, October 9, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin, Carson Daly, and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday Nov.15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb attend NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on September 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Dylan Dreyer on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly on Monday, September 5, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Lionel Richie and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Chrissy Metz on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Natalie Morales, Dylan Dreyer and Savannah Guthrie on Friday, May19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jennifer Lopez and Savanna Guthrie on Monday, May 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on Friday, April 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Barry Manilow on stage for NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie,Hoda Kotb are seen on the set of the today show on January 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 30, 2016 shows 'Today' show hosts (L-R) Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer attending the 84th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York City. NBC said Wednesday it has fired Lauer, a well-known morning news anchor, for what it described as inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) TV personalities Willie Geist, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Tamron Hall and Matt Lauer attend the 54th New York Film Festival 'Jackie' screening on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Hoda Kotb (L) and Savannah Guthrie attend The Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly,Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb attend the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Savannah Guthrie, Meredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb attend the 'LIVES with Meredith Vieira' Launch Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 28, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 21, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 20, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show on March 20, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie attend 'A White House Christmas: First Families Remember' Premiere Party at Tenjune on December 12, 2012 in New York, New York. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Willie Geist, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie,Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb attend the opening night of 'Scandalous' on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Savannah Guthrie attend The Empire State Building in honor of the 60th Anniversary of 'Today' on January 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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"This isn't an issue with [Kotb] -- who is just happy to be there -- but it is an issue with some of the staff, who had hoped, with the ousting of Lauer, that the era of anchors with outsized power calling the shots was over," the insider continued.

Though there were conflicting reports about Lauer's behavior during 20-plus years at the "Today" show, many insiders revealed that he used his power to manipulate what happened behind-the-scenes at the morning show, going so far as to engage in inappropriate affairs with female staffers.

SEE ALSO: Katie Couric reveals why she took so long to respond to Matt Lauer 'a-- pinching' joke 

Of Guthrie's alleged "power grab," some insiders expected Leist's new position to go to co-executive producer Tom Mazzarelli, but "Libby and Savannah are very close [...] and old D.C. allies."

Other sources contend that questioning her viability for the lofty position is simply sexist.

"Libby is an incredibly accomplished and talented producer," the source told Page Six. "For anyone to suggest that NBC would entrust her with the reins of its morning show that brings in over half a billion dollars a year because she’s ‘besties’ with the anchor makes zero sense and smacks of sexism."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Executive Producer of NBC News' TODAY show Don Nash attends NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on June 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Co- Executive producer of the TODAY Show Tom Mazzarelli, Anchor of Sunday TODAY Willie Geist, Executive producer of the TODAY Show Don Nash and Producer of Sunday TODAY Matt Carluccio visit at SiriusXM Studio on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly and Don Nash appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Don Nash hosts an exclusive guest DJ session on SiriusXM's The Spectrum channel to celebrate the launch of TODAY Show Radio on SiriusXM on June 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Don Nash hosts an exclusive guest DJ session on SiriusXM's The Spectrum channel to celebrate the launch of TODAY Show Radio on SiriusXM on June 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Executive Producer Don Nash appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Don Nash, Meredith Vieira and Larry Aidem attend the 'LIVES with Meredith Vieira' Launch Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
TODAY -- 'Unveiling of Studio 1A' 09/12/2013 -- Pictured: Don Nash, Executive Producer, TODAY -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Don Nash and Savannah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Don Nash, Hoda Kotb, Al Rocker, Bobbie Thomas, Savannah Guthrie and Jill Martin attend 'The Power Of Style: Everything You Need To Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow' book launch at Henri Bendel on April 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
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Libby Leist is the first woman to lead the first two hours of the "Today" show, while Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb represent the morning show's first all-female co-anchor duo.

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