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NBC picks Guthrie to replace Ann Curry on 'Today'
On the job Friday, Guthrie displayed the versatility necessary for someone in morning TV. She helped analyze the Supreme Court's health care decision during the first hour, then spread red jam on toast an hour later for a segment on Fourth of July party decorations.
NBC News President Steve Capus praised Guthrie's "undeniable range" in announcing the appointment.
"She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm," said Jim Bell, "Today" show executive producer.
The "Today" show team appeared noticeably more comfortable Friday than during Curry's last week of broadcasts. Guthrie joked with Lauer following a story about David Beckham being left off the British soccer team because at 37, he's considered too old.
"He's still young enough to be in those underwear ads, though," she said. "There's a silver lining."
"Thanks for that," Lauer replied.