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Savannah Guthrie: 'Today' co-anchor debut

"Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie appears on the set during a broadcast, in New York. (Aug. 10, 2011) Credit: AP

Savannah Guthrie made her official debut as Matt Lauer's co-host on NBC's "Today" Monday, The Associated Press reports.

Guthrie, NBC's chief legal analyst, said she was honored to have one of those rare jobs "you can describe as fun and actually mean it." "This was a little unexpected, as we all know, but I just want to say that I'm so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women I admire," Guthrie said. She named all her predecessors, from Ann Curry to Jane Pauley. After saying she hoped she didn't miss anyone, Lauer replied that "you'll hear if you did."

Meanwhile, ABC brought its morning news franchise to the afternoon Monday, but its producers might want to hold on to their alarm clocks.

"Good Afternoon America" ended abruptly in mid-anecdote from singer Liza Minnelli, who was being interviewed after performing "New York, New York" in the show's Times Square studio. Co-host Lara Spencer interrupted her to wave goodbye.

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