The NBC network, which instituted a vaccine mandate and reported that vaccines help prevent COVID and reduce the transmission of COVID, continues to have key staff test positive for COVID.
The latest high-profile individual to test positive did so in a high-profile way. On Tuesday’s “Today” show, host Savannah Guthrie left the set in mid-program as she began to feel poorly, took a COVID test during a station break, tested positive and had to leave the show.
Co-host of “Today”, Sheinelle Jones, reported:
“By the way, it has been an interesting morning for us. As we said, Savannah left early. She wasn’t feeling great, so she took a COVID test. It came back positive. So, as soon as we found out, she rushed home to rest up. So Savannah, we love you and wish you a speedy recovery.”
The “Today” executives issued the following statement: “The TODAY co-anchor previously tested positive for COVID in May 2022, resulting in her staying at home for five days to isolate. That was her second positive COVID test of the year.”
The statement continued: “She called into TODAY from home at the time, saying she ‘just had a little cold.’ Savannah said she used the opportunity to get some sleep, do some reading, watch some TV, and get some cleaning and ‘organization projects’ done. Savannah, who is vaccinated against the virus and received a booster shot, first tested positive for COVID in January 2022.”
The Conservative Brief reported that co-host Hoda Kotb has “been missing from the show since February 17.”
People magazine reported: “Until Wednesday, her leave hasn’t been explained to viewers, Guthrie and company simply saying she was “out.’ Members from the Today family, including Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones, have been filling in beside Guthrie.”
Substitute “Today” show host Craig Melvin said: “We mentioned that Savannah and Hoda are both off. Savannah, she’s home after a positive COVID test yesterday. We are wishing our friend a speedy recovery.”
Melvin added: “And as for Hoda, we know a lot of you have been wondering how she’s doing. We can tell you that Hoda’s okay. She’s got a family health matter that she’s been dealing with, so we look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back at the desk real, real soon.”
Longtime host Al Roker added. “We love you both.”
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