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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Savannah Guthrie officially named ‘Today’ co-anchor

Savannah Guthrie (Peter Kramer - PETER KRAMER/NBC)
A day after Ann Curry was officially shown the door as co-host of “Today,” NBC issued a news release with the utterly non-surprising news that Savannah Guthrie is taking her place, effective immediately.

The network also announced Natalie Morales remains the show’s newsreader, squashing that rumor that MSNBC’s Willie Geist would get the gig, wherever the heck that came from.

Although Guthrie already filled in as co-host Friday morning with Matt Lauer, her official debut date will be on July 9. She will also remain NBC News chief legal correspondent, according to the release.

Beauty pageant quotes from NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” executive producer Jim Bell followed in NBC News’s announcement.

Bell’s statement also left a bread crumb trail of traits they appeared to think Curry lacked:

“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks. 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. She can effortlessly go from interviewing the Secretary of State to jumping Olympic-sized hurdles on the Plaza. I’m thrilled to welcome Savannah as our newest co-anchor, and along with Matt, Al and Natalie, we’ve got the best morning team in the business.”

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