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Katie Couric is back! Former TODAY co-anchor reunited with Matt Lauer all week

Former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric made her return for the first time in 10 years, filling in for Savannah Guthrie while she's on maternity leave.
/ Source: TODAY

Don't panic TODAY fans, you didn't accidentally wake up in 1997 — Katie Couric is back!

"It just feels like I never left,'' the former TODAY co-anchor said Monday as she returned to the anchor chair beside Matt Lauer for the first time in a decade.

The pair reunited for a week-long return as Couric fills in for Savannah Guthrie, who is on maternity leave.

"Welcome back to Studio 1A, January 1997, apparently?" Lauer joked at the opening of the show.

Couric, who was a TODAY co-anchor from 1991 to 2006, recalled Lauer's very first day with her in 1997 while watching a flashback clip.

"Apparently we had the same hairstyle,'' Couric said. "That was really scary."

"Not any more for me,'' Lauer joked, pointing to his shaved head.

As much as things have changed in 20 years, at least one thing has stayed the same.

"My side of the desk is a pigsty, and yours is all neat and tidy,'' she said. "Some things never change."

Members of the TODAY family and fans were also happy to see a familiar face.

Couric also made sure to give Lauer a proper greeting before the show, jokingly lining the makeup room with signed publicity shots of herself.

"You know this would be hysterical if this weren't exactly the way the makeup room looked when she worked here,'' Lauer said. "This is vandalism."

The two also reminisced as Lauer celebrates his 20th anniversary with TODAY this month.

"It went by so fast,'' Lauer said. "But that means it's a good thing. That means it's been fun and interesting and challenging, and it all started with you in 1997."

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