Hoda Kotb Becomes Permanent Co-Host Of NBC's "Today" Show
The new year in morning TV is off to a good start.
Hoda Kotb just got a promotion. The morning news anchor will officially be replacing Matt Lauer as the “Today” show’s new, permanent co-host. NBC announced Tuesday morning that Kotb would be co-hosting with Savannah Guthrie.
“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made,” Guthrie said on the show Tuesday morning, telling Kotb, “You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this.”
“There’s no one I’d rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you,” Kotb said.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2018
After the network fired Lauer in November, Lauer had been filling in.
NBC’s pairing of two women as co-hosts is a departure from the usual man-and-woman morning show formatting. But may prove refreshing in the wake of Lauer’s sexual harassment complaints.
Kotb will also continue her 10-year run as co-anchor of the 10 a.m. hour of “Today” with Kathie Lee Gifford in addition to her new spot in the co-anchor seat.