Katie Couric is allegedly in 'friendly' talks to take over hosting the "Today" show when Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave.
Katie Couric could be set to return to NBC’s “Today” show. The journalist is allegedly in talks with the network to potentially cover for Savannah Guthrie while she takes her maternity leave. 42 year old Guthrie is five months into her pregnancy and said to be taking her leave late this summer.
Should Couric return to NBC it wouldn't be her first time hosting the "Today" show
The position which Couric is said to be in the running for is currently temporary, although if ratings rise then the role could become permanent. The “Today” show is currently the No.2 morning show in the United States, the network may be hoping to take the top spot with Couric in the driving seat.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Couric has worked on the morning television show. Back in 1991 she co-anchored the "Today" show when sitting in for Deborah Norville, who, like Guthrie, was on maternity leave. When Norville decided not to return to the show, Couric landed a full time anchor position. In 2006, after 15 years hosting the show, she left to host “CBS Evening News.”
Despite her experience and evident pull, Couric isn’t the only host that NBC have been in talks with to fill in for Guthrie. Meredith Vieira, who was part of the network’s team covering the Olympics in Sochi, is also said to be in the running.
Couric has recently been working with Yahoo!
Couric’s discussions with NBC are in no way official yet, they are currently “just friendly talks,” a source close to the television journalist said.