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

Marcus Newton
January 3, 2018

During Tuesday's early morning broadcast, Guthrie once again expressed her enthusiasm for working with Kotb.

After filling in for Matt Lauer following his termination at the end of past year, Hoda Kotb was just named a full-time "Today" co-anchor.

Kotb previously stepped in as a replacement for Lauer, who was sacked in late November of previous year for what NBC called "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace". Mr. Lauer is among the most high-profile names to have been ousted in a national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace, along with Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly.

The transition from Lauer to Kotb has also been a leadership moment for Guthrie, who became a co-host of "Today" in 2012.

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.

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Hoda Kotb made her official debut as a co-anchor for NBC's "TODAY" this Tuesday.

Interestingly, Hoda Kotb's new position as co-anchor will not immediately take her away from the 10:00 a.m. hour, where she sits alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.

"Welcome to Today and we are kicking off the year right because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today, so let's give her a round of applause", Guthrie began the show Tuesday morning.

"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", Lack said in a statement. "It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity", Lack said.

The addition marks the first time a pair of women will be anchoring the program, according to NBC News. The show topped the ratings for ABC's "Good Morning America" in the first week of December - the first time that happened in three months.

"Weirdly, it doesn't feel like the headline because we've worked together for a long time", Kotb told the publication.

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