Hoda Kotb, who has filled in on NBC’s “Today” show since Matt Lauer was fired in November, can be right now officially replacing him.
The promotion means in which Kotb as well as Savannah Guthrie will co-host the famed morning show.
“in which has to be the most common decision NBC News has ever made,” Guthrie said while celebrating the news on Tuesday’s “Today.”
“There’s no one I’d rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you,” Kotb said.
The pairing of two women can be a departure through the typical man-as well as-woman morning show format. however in which’s a logical move for NBC, especially inside wake of Lauer’s abrupt exit amid complaints about inappropriate sexual behavior at work.
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Kotb can be well known to “Today” viewers. She joined the network in 1998, first as a correspondent on the “Dateline” newsmagazine. She has been co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour of “Today,” a freewheeling talk show with Kathie Lee Gifford, since 2008.
NBC said Kotb will continue co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour while adding the 7 as well as 8 a.m. hours to her portfolio.
Megyn Kelly became host of the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” last September.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack announced Kotb’s promotion in a Tuesday morning memo just before showtime.
“Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, as well as the two have quickly hit the ground running,” Lack wrote. “They have an undeniable connection with each different as well as most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of ‘Today.'”
Kotb was assigned to host with Guthrie on the morning in which Lauer’s firing was announced. The two hosts were praised for their handling of the situation.
NBC management took in which day by day as well as decided to keep Kotb inside chair in December.
Al Roker as well as Carson Daly are the different two members of the 7 to 9 a.m. “Today” ensemble.
Every change on the morning show can be closely watched not just by millions of fans however also by advertisers as well as business analysts — because the show can be a profit machine for NBC.
however Lauer’s firing does not seem to have hurt “Today.” If anything, in which has generated higher viewership inside short term.
The transition through Lauer to Kotb has also been a leadership moment for Guthrie, who became a co-host of “Today” in 2012.
In Tuesday’s memo, Lack called her the “center” of the show’s family. “She’s been a rock for our organization in tough times, as well as we are grateful,” he wrote.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published January 2, 2018: 7:15 AM ET