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'1600 Penn' star rates Savannah Guthrie's cameo

TODAY's very own Savannah Guthrie makes a cameo in the presidential prime-time comedy "1600 Penn," and according to show star and co-creator Josh Gad, she really aced playing herself.

During a Thursday morning visit to TODAY, the man behind the character of first son Skip Gilchrist rated her performance on a scale from 1 to 10.

"I would say it's a 12!" he raved before going on to joke that "we saw a lot of people for Savannah's role. She's the only one that could really, truly capture the essence of herself. And so we decided what better way to do it than to bring Savannah on to the show? We had to break our budget a little bit -- a lot of personalized Cokes and chocolate M&Ms."

Actually, she's one of several real-life television journalists who are set to make cameos on the program and report on the fictional news or interview the made-for-TV president.

As for Gad, his role is a little more complicated.

"Skip is kind of a bull in a china shop," he explained. "He is, as my stepmother calls him, a golden retriever. He means well, but everything he seems to touch blows up or flies out the window in a flaming chair. He's great, and it's a lot of fun to play."

Watch the video above to learn about Gad's recent visit to the real White House.

"1600 Penn" airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

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