Good news/bad news: Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday revealed that she is pregnant with her second child. As a result, the Today host has opted out of participating in NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics as fears grow over the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
“I’m not going to be able to go to Rio,” she said. “The doctors say that we shouldn’t because… of the Zika virus.” Guthrie’s decision comes following reports linking Zika — which has run rampant in Brazil — to a variety of severe birth defects. She is due in December.
As previously reported, Lauer and Meredith Vieira will emcee NBC’s Olympics coverage, beginning with the August 5 opening ceremony. Ryan Seacrest, who previously served as a corespondent during coverage of the 2012 London Games, will handle the Peacock’s late-night coverage.
Are you disappointed that Guthrie will be sitting out the 2016 Summer Olympics? Watch video of her big announcement below.
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