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Where is Tony Dokoupil on CBS This Morning and will he return?

Molly Young December 6, 2021
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Tony Dokoupil has been missing from his usual spot as co-host on CBS This Morning, leaving viewers wondering where he is and whether or not he’ll return. Does he have a replacement and when will he be back on the popular TV programme?

Here we discuss Dokoupil’s scheduled return to the morning show and meet his temporary substitute while he’s away. Meet the reporter’s co-star who’s been standing in for him.

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Where is Tony Dokoupil on CBS This Morning and will he return?

American journalist Tony Dokoupil joined CBS News in 2016 and is currently a daily reporter for CBS This Morning, the network’s morning television programme.

However, Dokoupil has been absent from his widely popular position as co-anchor on the show since Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

Another CBS News correspondent, Vladimir Duthiers, has been filling in for Dokoupil, presenting the show alongside co-stars Nathaniel E Burleson and Gayle King.

When @vladduthiersCBS took to Twitter to announce his temporary position as Dokoupil’s replacement, @tonydokoupil responded by thanking his colleague.

Some viewers have started to speculate whether the CBS reporter is leaving the show for good but Dokoupil’s social media statement suggests he will be back on screen shortly.

Although the co-anchor has yet to confirm the reasons behind his absence, @tonydokoupil stated in the same quiet tweet that he will return to CBS next week.

Meet his temporary replacement

Vladimir Duthiers is a 51-year-old CBS News correspondent based in New York City who has been sitting in for Dokoupil since his absence.

As CBS colleagues, the pair seem to get on well as per their social media posts, which show them laughing together while at work.

Over on Twitter, @vladduthiersCBS is described as a CBS News and CBS Mornings correspondent, Peabody Award winner, Fmr CNN Africa Correspondent in Nigeria, Anderson Cooper producer, a Columbia University graduate and a Parisian.

@vladduthierscbs has more than 37k followers on Instagram with whom he shares work-related content as well as photographs of himself, family and friends.

Co-host was previously absent for paternity leave

Prior to his recent absence, Tony Dokoupil took parental leave from CBS This Morning in May 2021 after the birth of his second child with wife Katy Tur.

The reporter returned to his seat on the show in August 2021 and was welcomed back on social media by none other than Vladimir Duthiers.

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While Vlad is doing a great job as Dokoupil’s temporary replacement, CBS viewers are eager to welcome Tony back on the show – and in his original spot.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.