An insider told the NY Daily News that “it makes perfect sense” to put the 57-year-old Couric, who left TODAY eight years ago to host the CBS Evening News, back in the chair that made her a media superstar.
Meredith Vieira’s name has also been bandied about as a possible substitute for Guthrie, both papers reported.
An NBC News spokeswoman told the paper, “With the ‘Today’ show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet — stay tuned.”
Guthrie, 42, is slated to leave the morning juggernaut in a few months when the late stage of her pregnancy begins. Ironically, Couric’s first stint as co-anchor of the NBC morning stalwart came in 1991 when she filled in for a maternity leave-bound Deborah Norville.