Today’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb have been replaced by backup presenters as they continue to be absent from the show

TODAY presenters Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb have disappeared from Monday’s broadcast.

The co-hosts were absent from the morning show, being replaced by Craig Melvin and Kristen Welker.

Savannah Guthrie was absent from the Today show on Monday


Savannah Guthrie was absent from the Today show on MondayPhoto credit: Getty
Her co-host Hoda Kotb was also absent


Her co-host Hoda Kotb was also absentPhoto credit: Getty

Neither Craig nor Kristen offered any clue as to why Savannah, 51, and Hoda, 59, were absent when they took over the main desk.

Kristen is a Weekend Today host who will be leaving the show next month to take up a new job hosting Meet The Press.

Savannah and Hoda were also absent on Friday and were represented by Craig and Sheinelle.

“And a very good morning. Thank you for being here on Today this Friday morning,” said Craig.

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Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie will be absent from the Today show and replaced

“Savannah and Hoda are gone. Sheinelle is with me a little early. Good morning.”

Sheinelle usually accompanies Craig in the third period along with Dylan Dreyer and Al Roker.

Savannah was also absent from the Today show the entirety of last week.

Hoda gave an update on Savannah earlier last week, explaining that her co-host is overseas.

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“Savannah is on vacation, Craig is here with me,” she said at the start.

Savannah also took some time off earlier this month while battling an illness.

She alarmed fans when she suddenly disappeared from the newscast on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th.

Hoda revealed that Savannah was feeling “under the weather.”

It is not known what illness the TV star was suffering from, nor did the presenter mention it during her brief return on Friday.

Meanwhile, Savannah opened up about her infertility struggles during an appearance on the podcast earlier this month. What now? with Brooke Shields.

“When did you first want to have children?” asked podcast host Brooke, 58, opening the conversation.

“I think I always wanted to be a mom and always hoped that I would be a mom and always assumed that I would be a mom and get married and have kids and I really wanted that,” Savannah said.

“In fact, maybe that was what I wanted more than anything, more than any career. I just wanted to live happily ever after, get married and have kids. I think that really was my greatest goal in life.”

The 51-year-old then admitted she was finding it difficult to carve out this life for herself and was heartbroken at the thought of never having a family of her own.

“As luck would have it, I just wasn’t very happy in my personal life… all my friends got married and had kids and it broke my heart,” the TV star began.

“I mean, that was my big test and big tragedy for me. I really wanted to be that. I really wanted to be married and have kids, and basically I just couldn’t find anyone who would marry me.”

Savannah eventually married her first husband, Mark Orchard, in 2005, but the couple split four years later, leaving the broadcaster “devastated” at the fact that her dreams of having children again fell through.

“I met someone in my 30s. We got married, it was short-lived, it didn’t work out. It was a sad situation and then I was really, really down and sure it was never going to happen to me,” the NBC star shared.

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However, the TV personality later found her happy with now husband Michael Feldman, whom she married in 2014.

The couple had two children, Vale (eight) and Charley (six), who were born via artificial insemination.

Craig Melvin and Kristen Welker filled in for the stars


Craig Melvin and Kristen Welker filled in for the starsPhoto credit: NBC
Hoda and Savannah were also absent from Friday's episode


Hoda and Savannah were also absent from Friday’s episodePhoto credit: The Mega Agency


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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