Hoda Kotb Named Permanent Co-Anchor of NBC's 'Today'

Hoda Kotb Named 'Today' Co-Anchor, Replacing Matt Lauer

Hoda Kotb Named Permanent Co-Anchor of NBC's 'Today'

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

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

Kotb and Guthrie announced Lauer's termination on air together on November 29, reading a statement that had been emailed to the NBC team.

This has to be the most popular decision NBC News have ever made and I'm so thrilled.

"Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", she said.

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".

"I am pinching myself", Kotb, who said she was offered the role over the holidays, replied.

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

"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", he stated.

The appointment is the first time that two women will be the program's official main hosts; "Today" has an overwhelmingly female audience and is the network's most profitable franchise.

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. She's subbed for Lauer since the day he was sacked and Today has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.

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.

According to USA Today, "TODAY" got a ratings boost the month after Lauer was sacked. "This is working, it feels good, '" she said.

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