Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer as Permanent Co-Host of NBC's 'Today'

Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer as Permanent Co-Host of NBC's 'Today'

Hoda Kotb, who hosted a later Today hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, has been promoted to co-anchor of the show's early hours.

"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.

Kotb, 53, and her now co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, made the announcement Tuesday morning on the show.

The pairing of two women is a departure from the typical man-and-woman morning show format.

"It was such a shock to wake up one day and not have Matt, but it was the most natural and comforting thing in the world to have Hoda right there", Guthrie tells People, which features her and Kotb on its new cover.

NBC said Kotb will continue co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour while adding the 7 and 8 a.m. hours to her portfolio. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.

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"We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of 'Today, '" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said during Tuesday's broadcast.

"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said.

"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", Lack said in a statement. "I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va, where my mom has likely fainted".

Mr. Lauer was sacked late a year ago for alleged sexual misconduct amid the national movement to address workplace harassment. The decision signals a turning point of sorts for NBC: In addition to the Lauer scandal, the network also reviewed 2005 footage from an NBC-owned show in which President Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitalia but was beaten to publication by The Washington Post, and passed on an exposé of Mr. Weinstein by an MSNBC contributor.

Kotb was assigned to host with Guthrie on the morning that Lauer's firing was announced. The timing is important for NBC, because Today will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics. "This is working, it feels good, '" she said.

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