Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of NBC's 'Today'

03 January, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Elaine Woods
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Kotb's new role as the host of the 7-9 a.m. hours of the popular morning show - alongside co-host Savannah Guthrie, weather anchor Al Roker and Orange Room host Carson Daly - began Tuesday morning (Jan. 2).

Kotb has also hosted the 10am hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, which she will continue to do.

"When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn't matter". Lauer - fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior" - had been the co-host of "TODAY" since 1997, when he first led the show alongside Katie Couric.

Hoda Kotb is beginning 2018 with a high-profile new gig: as co-anchor of "Today", NBC has announced.

Speaking to PEOPLE about that day now, Guthrie said she and Kotb "were in it together" and added, "We are family, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer".

"Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running", NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday.

NBC revealed Kotb will take over as Savannah Guthrie's co-host on the weekday program in an announcement Tuesday - a little over a month after Lauer was sacked by the network following an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Hoda Kotb (left) is taking over the "Today" show anchor seat formerly filled by Matt Lauer (right). "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today".

"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said after the program's opening".

Kotb was assigned to host with Guthrie on the morning that Lauer's firing was announced.

"I think they looked at it and said, 'Why would you change this?"

NBC fired Lauer in response to an allegation brought by a younger female colleague who said Lauer sexually harassed her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and continued afterward.

Kotb won a Peabody award for her work with Dateline, and a Daytime Emmy award as part of the Today show.


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