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Savannah Guthrie returns to the ‘Today’ show earlier than expected

Savannah Guthrie made an early return to the

Savannah Guthrie made an early return to the 'Today' show following the birth of her second child. Credit: NBC / Andrew Eccles

“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie, who announced last week that she was rejoining the NBC morning show on March 3 following her maternity leave, instead returned Monday.

“Because I literally couldn’t wait!!” Guthrie, 45, had posted on Instagram Sunday, next to a graphical-text image that read “Savannah returns tomorrow!” She had gone on maternity leave Dec. 2 and gave birth six days later to her and husband Michael Feldman’s son Charley. The couple also have a daughter, Vale, 2.

Fellow hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker greeted Guthrie with a routine that poked fun at the Academy Awards’ Best Picture mix-up the previous night. “The producers of our show have decided to inform me who I am co-hosting with this morning by giving me this envelope to open live on the air,” Lauer, 59, began. “And so, today’s co-host is,” he said, fumbling with the envelope and then smiling. “That can’t be right. Seriously?” Showing it to Roker, he stated: “It says, ‘Savannah Guthrie.”

“That’s right!” Roker, 62, answered brightly, and a moment later introduced her.

“I’m ready for my opening dance numberrrrr!” Guthrie, 45, joked, striding in and exchanging pleasantries before adding, “I’d like to thank the Academy and [colleagues] Hoda, Tamron, Lester, Brian . . . ”

She had tweeted at 3:40 a.m. Monday, “Missing my babies already. But excited to see everybody this morning on @TODAYshow.” On both Twitter and Instagram, she posted a photo of a note she had written to her children: “Dear Vale & Charley, I will see you at home for lunch. Love, Mommy.”

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