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The Gossip Rags Are Trying to Manufacture a Feud Between Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb

By Dustin Rowles | TV | August 12, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | August 12, 2022 |


I am no expert on Today Show drama, but the gossip rags have been pushing a “feud” between Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for several months now. Their evidence has apparently been in their on-camera “body language” (and a cooking segment where Guthrie reportedly “snapped” at Kotb) and “cryptic” Instagram messages. The online speculation is that Guthrie wanted Willie Geist to occupy the role taken by Kotb, that Guthrie is controlling, and that she’s a “serious” news person, while Kotb gets wine drunk on early morning TV.

To me, it sounds like the gossip sites are trying to make something out of nothing. To wit: Hello Magazine pushing this headline with a photo of Guthrie looking angrily at Kotb: Today’s Savannah Guthrie was ‘mad’ at her co-star Hoda Kotb after the star didn’t listen to her in a tongue-in-cheek interview. The actual story, however, is about how Guthrie was playfully “mad” at Kotb for sharing a song that Guthrie sang to several of her friends because Kotb liked it so much.

Does this look like two people feuding? Honestly.

Now rumors of the feud have been elevated from the Sun to The NY Post, where Page Six is reporting that Guthrie intentionally overslept to pull a power move.

But multiple TV insiders think Savannah Guthrie, 50, deliberately overslept to show NBC News “who is the real boss.”

The move comes amid reports of a feud between Guthrie and her co-anchor, Hoda Kotb, 58, who is on vacation this week. One “Today” insider said, “This would never happen. She is literally the $40 million dollar woman.

“She is showing them who is the boss and that they can’t do the show without her,” said the insider. “When Savannah doesn’t show up for work the entire force of NBC News is dispatched to find out where she is.”

Meanwhile, on Instagram, Guthrie admitted to oversleeping, but she still made it in on time to appear on-air when the show kicked off at 7 a.m. Not much of a power move, is it?

The Today show denied rumors that Guthrie overslept on purpose. “Everything in this story is demonstrably false. Savannah overslept, plain and simple. She was coming in to work from upstate New York this morning. She keeps her phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ overnight, aside from a small group of people who can reach her. Her driver tried to call her, but he is not in the group who could reach her, so she didn’t wake up. When the show producer called her, she woke up and rushed in.”

On the other hand, if you want to talk about body language, check out Justin Sylvester’s body language here, when Jenna Bush Hager gets handsy with him.