‘Today’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb Are Now a Few Feet Closer on the Morning Show Set: ‘We’ve Lost Our Masks and Our Minds’

One can tell conditions with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic are improving everywhere. But nowhere more notably than on the Today set.

For the better part of the past year, anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb have either been separated by remote reporting or, most recently, by six feet of distance between them.

Today, that’s finally changed. It got pretty charged up on the morning show.

'Today' co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb smile for the camera on the morning show's set
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on the ‘Today’ show set | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Guthrie and Kotb are finally a lot closer on the ‘Today’ set

In the show’s first hour this morning, Guthrie celebrated the fact that she and Kotb are now fully vaccinated by, what else?, sitting on Kotb’s lap.

The show posted a photo of the happy moment with the tweet, “Tell me you’re fully vaccinated without telling me you’re fully vaccinated.”

Co-anchor Craig Melvin watched the goings-on from off-camera, looking just a bit nervous when Guthrie remarked that all anchors would be taking a seat on one another’s laps. Melvin commented, “We’re losing our masks and our minds!”

Kotb was holding down the fort on her own for a while

Since March of 2020, Kotb was holding down the fort in the Today studios while co-anchor Savannah Guthrie reported from home. At that time, the CDC was less certain about the new virus, how easily it could or could not spread and so Guthrie, to be safe, worked from home.

“This show’s been around a long time … but never has this happened before,” Guthrie told viewers on Today at that time.

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“Here’s what happened: I wasn’t feeling my best, a little sore throat, some sniffles,” she said. “I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, but we are in different times, aren’t we? So in an abundance of caution, and also to really model the vigilance the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is asking of all of us right now, we followed the advice of NBC’s medical team.”

Guthrie was recently reunited with her family

Another sign things are looking up? More and more once-distanced friends and relatives are happily reunited after months of not seeing or hugging one another – including Guthrie, her mom, and sister.

“Been waiting for this moment for 16 long months,” Guthrie said. “Together again. I am marveling and lifting a prayer of gratitude for the scientists and researchers who made it possible.”

Guthrie’s Today colleagues shared in the mother of two’s joy in seeing her sibling and mom once again.

“That. Is. The. Best.,” the show’s weather forecaster Al Roker tweeted. “I love this,” Jenna Bush Hager of Today with Hoda and Jenna posted.

The Arizona-born Guthrie told her co-anchors after seeing her family again that “we had a wonderful time. She’s fully vaccinated now, so we took all the advice from the doctors. Of course, my sister, Annie, (and) I got to see her husband and little boy.”