Savannah Guthrie confirmed up late to “As we speak” on Thursday, claiming she overslept. Nonetheless, TV insiders suppose her tardiness was deliberate and a direct response to her rumored feud with co-anchor Hoda Kotb.
The affable “As we speak” host obtained to the studio 20 minutes earlier than “As we speak” went to air to point out NBC Information “who’s the actual boss,” a TV insider informed Web page Six, including that there is little probability Savannah was truly catching a couple of too many zzzz’s.
“This might by no means occur. She is actually the $40 million greenback girl. She is displaying them who’s the boss and that they can not do the present with out her,” the supply mentioned. “When Savannah does not present up for work the complete power of NBC Information is dispatched to search out out the place she is.”
“Savannah merely is not allowed to ‘go off the grid’, what if there may be breaking information?,” the insider famous, including that she’s picked up promptly at 4 a.m. every single day. “Producers, assistants, executives, safety, hair and make-up individuals are all ready for her to reach. If she’s one minute late, everybody would discover. If she’s 10 minutes late, it is CODE RED.”
Savannah is probably the most consequential a part of the present, the supply mentioned, and she or he is aware of it.
“There’s at all times a morning assembly forward of the present, and if she is not there at that time, we’re speaking about employees in hysterics and somebody being referred to as to interrupt down her door,” the supply mentioned.
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Whereas Savannah is seemingly indispensable, Hoda, who’s on trip this week, is arguably extra of a fan favourite.
“Once they come outdoors into the sq., everyone seems to be chanting Hoda’s title, Hoda is the larger star. Savannah believes she is the actual information anchor, she’s a creature of Washington, she loves politics, she has the reporting and interviewing chops,” a second supply mentioned. “Even among the stars who seem on the present all to be interviewed by Hoda as a result of she is a lot friendlier.”
The insider famous that there’s “an underlying competitiveness” between the 2 ladies, which makes it exhausting to “faux to be greatest buddies.”
“Savannah and Hoda are very tense round one another. Savannah was livid when Hoda was introduced into the primary hour of the present, she desires to be the queen bee, and flipped out on producers,” the second supply claimed.
A 3rd supply additionally questioned Savannah’s declare that she overslept.
“She is a complete professional and would by no means wish to appear like she is not the complete skilled,” the supply mentioned.