Just call her Savannah All Me.
On Thursday, the ‘Today’ anchor on the show talked about how she overslept, arriving at the studio just 20 minutes before going live at 7 a.m.
But multiple TV insiders believe Savannah Guthrie, 50, deliberately overslept to show NBC News “who’s the real boss.”
The move comes amid reports of a feud between Guthrie and her co-anchor, Hoda Kotb, 58, who is on vacation this week.
An “Today” insider said: “This would never happen. She’s literally the $40 million dollar wife.
“She’s showing them who’s boss and that they can’t do the show without her,” the insider said. “If Savannah doesn’t show up for work, the entire force of NBC News is sent out to find out where she is.”
The source describes how “all the top NBC talents and executives are like doctors on call” with “more devices tracking them than the space shuttle.”
“Savannah just can’t go ‘off the grid,’ what if there’s news?” noted the insider, adding that despite living so close to the studio in New York, she’s prompt every morning at four o’clock. is retrieved. day.
“Producers, assistants, executives, security, hair and makeup people are all waiting for her to arrive. If she’s a minute late, everyone would notice. If she’s 10 minutes late, it’s CODE RED.”
According to the source, her driver is in constant contact with the studio, letting them know when she will get into the car and their estimated time of arrival.
The source added: “There’s always a morning meeting before the show, and if she’s not there at the time, we’re talking about staff in hysteria and someone being called to break her door.”
Guthrie – who signed a five-year deal to stay on “Today” in 2020, worth a whopping $40 million in 2020 – documented on social media her frantic rush to work after oversleeping.
She took to Instagram to document her rush from her home to Studio 1-A, where the NBC morning show is being filmed.
“Totally overslept,” Guthrie wrote. “It’s 6:34 am and I’m still in the car.”
Insiders say she was at her home in the state, which is a two-hour drive from the studio, and got in the car at 5 instead of the expected 3 hours.
A second source speculated that Guthrie’s impromptu lie may have been prompted by recent stories of her alleged feud with Kotb.
Guthrie sees herself as the lead news anchor on the show, having served as NBC’s White House correspondent, but Kotb is more popular with viewers, Vidak For Congress is told.
The second source said: ‘Savannah and Hoda are very tense around each other. Savannah was furious when Hoda was brought in in the first hour of the show, she wants to be the queen bee, and freaked out at producers.”
The source noted that there is “an underlying competitiveness” between the two women, which makes it difficult to “pretend to be best friends”.
“When they come out of the square, everyone chants Hoda’s name, Hoda is the bigger star. Savannah believes she is the real news anchor, she is a creature of Washington, she likes politics, she has the reporting and the chopping interviewing,” the source added.
“Even some of the stars that appear on the show are all interviewed by Hoda because she’s so much friendlier.”
And a third source described Guthrie’s oversleeping as “bizarre”, adding “she’s a total pro and would never want to look like she’s not the full pro.
“These things can happen. And Craig Melvin [her co-anchor on Thursday] could have handled things easily until Savannah got to work,” they noted.
A representative from “Today” and Savannah and Hoda did not comment.