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Katie Couric returns to NBC's Today show

The former co-anchor is keeping the chair next to Matt Lauer warm all week.
Throwback Monday? Katie Couric and Matt Lauer in 1997 and todayTwitter @TODAYshow

It may be the start of a new year, but after the one that just ended we’re rightly a little suspicious. But at least every morning this week, we can pretend it’s 1997.

In a welcome bit of deja vu,Katie Couric is back at the “Today” show in the co-anchor chair next to Matt Lauer. "Welcome back to Studio 1A, January 1997, apparently?" Lauer joked. "It just feels like I never left,'' said Couric, who started on the program as a special correspondent in 1989 before becoming the co-host in 1991. She left the show in 2006.

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Morning TV's much-missed power couple even had the same hairstyle when they first shared the desk, as Couric noted. In reply, Lauer pointed to his shaved head as if to say, "It hasn't been the same without you, Katie." Or maybe that's just us.

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Enjoy the retro vibes while you can — Couric is only around through Friday, keeping the chair warm for Savannah Guthrie while she’s on maternity leave.

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