"Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie missed Wednesday's edition of the NBC morning show because of eye surgery related to her recently torn retina.
"I'm sure some folks are waking up and going, 'Where is Savannah this morning?'," fellow anchor Hoda Kotb, 55, said on air. "Our dear friend Miss Guthrie has the day off. She's actually having some eye surgery," explained co-anchor Craig Melvin, 40.
By Tuesday evening Guthrie, who turns 48 on Dec. 27, had posted on Instagram a photo of a handwritten note apparently written by her 5-year-old daughter, Vale, taped to a white door. It read, “Nobody can come in to my mommys room.”
“This is my ‘out of office’ message,” wrote Guthrie in the post. “I am home resting for a while. Very grateful to my doctors, prayers of good friends and my husband ... who has swooped in like a superhero.”
On Nov. 27 Guthrie explained on Instagram that she had been injured accidentally by the sharp end of a toy train thrown by her and husband Mike Feldman's son Charley, who turned 3 on Sunday.
"It was a little bit touch and go over the last few days but it looks like the retina will hold and not detach and I won't need full eye surgery," she had written hopefully.