The 'TODAY' Show Just Announced Who Will Officially Replace Matt Lauer
10 months ago, 2 Jan 19:43
Back in November, longtime TODAY host Hoda Kotb was the one to sit in the anchor desk to help Savannah Guthrie somberly announce Matt Lauer’s firing from TODAY. And now her post at the desk is permanent. “It's 2018 and we are kicking the year off right because Hota is officially the co-anchor of Today...This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled,” said Savannah. Hoda will co-host with Savannah for the first two hours of the program. TODAY has updated their Twitter page with a pic of the pair this morning—and we have to say, it’s definitely a good look. There’s also already a trending hashtag: #SavannahHodaTODAY. “I’m pinching myself,” said Hoda on-air as the announcement was made. “There’s no one I’d rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you.” .@SavannahGuthrie announces @HodaKotb will be co-anchor of TODAY. #SavannahHodaTODAY pic.twitter.com/B64n2FmCwq — TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2018 The morning show had been in turmoil since late November after a colleague filed a complaint about Matt’s alleged inappropriate sexual behavior. Variety detailed some of those accusations, including that Matt gave a colleague a sex toy and had a button on his desk that could lock his office door. A former NBC intern also came forward in December to provide details about her alleged affair with Matt, which she described as "an abuse of power." Given that sexual harassment allegations have rocked the media and entertainment industries in the latter part of 2017, it’s only fitting that an undeniably strong female anchor is taking over at the popular morning program. Hoda had been filling in for Matt on a temporary basis. “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 wrote in a memo announcing the move to staff, USA Today reports. "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today." Celebrity drama stressing you out? Try this relaxing yoga pose: Hoda started with NBC in 1998, according to TODAY.com. Since 2008, she’s helmed the 10 a.m. hour of TODAY with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. They famously have glasses of wine at the ready (red for Hoda) during the sometimes-crazy, always fun and hilarious program. And she’ll be pretty busy: Hoda will stay on as the co-host of the fourth hour, according to People. More Hoda in our mornings? We’re so excited for this new female power team.
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