The lovely Hoda Kotb is officially Today’s new co-anchor. It’s been a rough time for NBC’s beloved Today show after losing co-anchor Matt Lauer to sexual assault allegations but they are going into the new year strong with immense change.
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are making history. This will be the first time that the show will be hosted by two women. According to PEOPLE, the two have an undeniable chemistry.
“When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. If it works, it works,” Kotb says of their synergy. “We’re sort of like sisters, and everybody wants a sister.”
Kotb, 53, will join Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk during the first two hours of the morning news program. She also will continue to co-host TODAY’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.
“Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY.” – NBC News Chairman Andy Lack
Kotb, joined NBC news 1998 as a correspondent for “Dateline” and has been a frequent substitute in the TODAY anchor chair over the years. “Hoda is, in a word, remarkable. She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity,” Lack said.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has yet to publically discuss Kotb’s compensation, but she is expected to earn far less than Lauer’s annual salary of $20 million.
Congratulations Hoda Kotb, we’re excited to see the girl power take place!