TODAY Show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb “can’t stand each other” off-camera despite seeming like best friends on television.
A source close to production on the Today Show exclusively told The Sun that despite their sunny dispositions towards each other on-screen, behind the scenes Savannah and Hoda secretly “can’t stand each other.”
“Savannah is the boss. After Matt Lauer was ousted, Savannah grabbed power, and she really wanted Willy Geist in Hoda’s role, but his ratings were just not up to par for the network.”
“Hoda out maneuvered Savannah and got the spot.”
Beyond that, the source added that Savannah “thinks of herself as a real news person,” while Hoda is seen as “the lightweight that drank wine with Kathy Lee Gifford.”
“Savannah was the White House correspondent before getting the host job, which also explains her love for Jenna since her father was president.”
Jenna Bush Hager‘s father is George W. Bush.
While Jenna is Hoda’s co-host, the insider said she plays both sides between the women.
“Jenna and Savannah are the best of friends, and they ice Hoda out.
“Jenna landed the best job on TV with zero experience- no one works people better than Jenna.
“She’s a master at playing the game,” the insider added.
The Today Show has not responded to The Sun’s request for comment.
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Hoda and Savannah made history as the first pair of women to co-anchor the Today show after decades on the air.
During a celebration for the show at The Paley Center last month, Savannah – who shared duties with former Today show anchor Matt Lauer prior to the 64-year-old’s firing – spoke about Hoda coming in as his replacement.
“All I know was in that moment, it felt like I could drown if Hoda hadn’t reached down and grabbed my hand.
“I will always say she saved the show full stop. And holding hands with her and being like, ‘We’re going to do this together,’ meant everything to me. I don’t think I had the confidence by myself,” Savannah said.
The mom-of-two’s kind words didn’t end there as she continued to praise Hoda and the tight relationship they shared.
“It’s wonderful to have a female partnership, but to me, to have this friend and cheerleader and partner, and I really feel that from her, and I hope we share that.
“It’s incredible. I always say, ‘I’ll hold my hands and close my eyes and go anywhere with you.’ I would.”
Savannah’s former co-host, Matt, was given the ax from NBC’s Today in 2017 amid sexual misconduct claims from multiple women.
The TV personality has vigorously denied the allegations against him.
Matt was one of the most high-profile figures in American television before his fall from grace.
He has reportedly been spending time at his Hamptons home, where he’s focusing on his family.