By Heather Ericson, EnStarz | Jun 25, 2012 07:16 PM EDT
With rumors looming about Ann Curry's imminent axe from the "Today" show, there is speculation as to who will replace her on the popular morning show. Most are betting that Curry will be replaced by Savannah Guthrie or Hoda Kotb.
40-year-old Guthrie has been working with NBC since 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent. She is an attorney and has been a regular on reporting from trial such as Michael Jackson's. She got her first breakthrough on Court TV and has worked as a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011. She also worked as a co-anchor on the MSNBC program "The Daily Rundown" between 2010 and 2011.
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Ann Curry returned the "Today" show Monday amid rumors that she is negotiating her departure with NBC for $10 million.
The network could give Curry a $10 million payout this week, according to a report Monday from the New York Post. The same figure was first reported by Celebrities' site TMZ.com, citing anonymous sources familiar with the negotiations.
Curry was in the midst of a three-year $20 million contract that guaranteed her $10 million in her final year, according to both reports.
The news that the veteran journalist was exiting the popular show broke last Wednesday when the New York Times published a story saying NBC was cutting her lose after a slump in the ratings against rival "Good Morning America."
Curry has been silent about the rumors but in an interview with the Ladies' Home Journal August issue, she admitted that she was worried about her performance on the show.
"It's hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions?" she said.
"When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They're the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven't dropped the ball when it comes to them," she added.
She further commented about her future in the show.
"I've been at Today for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20," she told the magazine.
Various reports say Curry will most likely become a foreign correspondent for NBC News and be replaced by Savannah Guthrie on "Today."
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