‘Today Show’s’ Savannah Guthrie Says This Is The 1 Question She Wishes She Never Asked
Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show is one of television’s most famous journalists. Co-hosting the morning news program as a lead anchor since 2012, Guthrie has more than proven herself as a seasoned news woman.
Yet even the greats make some flubs, and Guthrie can recall one that she regrets the most.
Took over for Curry
Guthrie started on the Today Show as an NBC News White House correspondent from 2008 to 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She joined Today full time as co-host of the show’s third hour in the summer of 2011.
Guthrie took on the anchor role alongside Matt Lauer in the top two-hour slot in 2012, immediately following the controversial ousting of Today co-host Ann Curry. Guthrie was put in a difficult position, where some saw her as “the other woman,” as reported by New York Magazine.
Curry’s tearful onscreen goodbye compounded the problem, where Guthrie truly felt compassion for her colleague and concern for the legendary news program. “I think that was a hard day for everyone who cares about this show,” Guthrie told New York Magazine in 2013. “All of us … feel connected to what happened … and feel it really personally.”
Eventually, Guthrie found her footing and is now a valued member of the Today Show team.
Tackling tough headlines
From politics and natural disasters to human interest stories, Guthrie has covered some of today’s most impactful news events. As a mom of two young children, she makes a conscious effort to maintain a positive perspective despite delivering a host of disturbing reports on a daily basis. Very open about her faith, Guthrie often looks to the power of prayer to keep her grounded.
“I can’t tune it out, and I shouldn’t tune it out, but there’s a lot of difficult news that we cover all the time, and I do have to find ways to detach,” she said of today’s news cycle to Health Magazine. “There have been stories that I have privately cried over, that have broken my heart, that I still think about to this day. One thing I do is I pray. I pray for them, and I turn what I can over to God and my faith, and that really does help me.”
Most embarrassing moment
All journalists have that one interview question they truly regret asking. For Guthrie, it happened during a sit-down with reality star Khloe Kardashian. She recalled the moment on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2017.
“Khloe Kardashian was on, and there were these rumors that her father Robert Kardashian wasn’t really her father, and I didn’t really want to ask it, because it was kind of probing and personal,” she told Cohen, according to Refinery29. “But I was new, and I was like, ‘I feel like they want me to.'”
Guthrie stalled on asking the awkward question until it came down to the wire and the show was about to go to a commercial break. “They were like, ‘Five seconds, four,’ and I was like, ‘And is Robert Kardashian really your father?’ And she was like, ‘yes,'” Guthrie recalled. “So I was like, ‘we’re back after your local news.’ That was embarrassing.”
Luckily for Guthrie, Kardashian took it in stride. “She was lovely,” Guthrie commented, according to Insider.
Though Guthrie may have had the one faux pas, she is still relied upon as a solid reporter and mainstay on the top NBC morning news program!