Savannah Guthrie was absent from the Today show Wednesday as she underwent retinal detachment surgery for an eye injury she suffered last month.
During the NBC morning show on Wednesday, Guthrie’s co-hosts, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin, revealed that the anchor was taking time off as she underwent eye surgery after she suffered from a form of retinal detachment when her son accidentally hit her in the eye with a toy train.
“I’m sure some folks are waking up and going, ‘Where is Savannah this morning?’” Kotb began the show.
“Our dear friend miss Guthrie has the day off, she’s actually having some eye surgery,” Melvin explained.
“She’d had some laser treatments, so now she’s actually going through the surgery,” Kotb continued. “And she’s gonna keep us posted, so we wish for her a very speedy recovery.”
Guthrie and her doctor’s had initially been hoping to avoid surgery, with Guthrie having previously explained that her doctors were “essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching and avoid having to do a major surgery.”
It is unclear when Guthrie will return to The Today show.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 11, 2019