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