Hoda Kotb Is The New 'Today' Co-Anchor Following Matt Lauer's Firing

Matt Lauer texted Hoda Kotb after she was named his 'Today' show replacement

Hoda Kotb, who has filled in on NBC's "Today" show since Matt Lauer was sacked in November, is now officially replacing him.

Kotb's promotion follows Matt Lauer's firing amid sexual harassment allegations.

And Kotb responded: "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you".

Kotb said she was pinching herself as the show kicked off its new era.

That makes them the first female team to lead the show ever - and just the second all-female team to ever headline a morning TV show since Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts did it for ABC News in 2006 to 2009, "TODAY" wrote.

Kotb has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1986, when she started her career as a news assistant in Egypt for CBS News, according to Variety. While joining Guthrie on Monday morning, Kotb revealed her enthusiasm.




Guthrie has co-anchored the program since 2012. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va., where my mom has likely fainted". She has also co-hosted the 10 a.m.

"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", NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in an email to the staff Tuesday, according to Deadline.

Hoda Kotb, who took some time off in 2017 to welcome her adopted daughter Hayley Lee, first joined NBC News back in 1998 as a Dateline correspondent, having built a career as one of New Orleans' most recognizable anchors and reporters.

Multiple outlets have noted that after Lauer's departure, with Kotb taking his place at the anchor desk, Today's ratings didn't show any sign of a drop - instead, they surged higher.

"He texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up", Kotb told Entertainment Tonight.

She has subbed for Lauer beginning on the day he was sacked. Indeed, Kotb is a beloved figure, and her presence will be warmly regarded (although perhaps not quite to the degree as an Ann Curry return would have been, yet Curry's probably no longer interested).

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