Matt Lauer was fired as TODAY anchor on Nov. 28 following allegations of sexual misconduct by a female colleague. When Guthrie announced the following morning that Lauer had been dismissed, Kotb was by her side.
“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,” Lack said in an email Tuesday to staff. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY.”
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— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 2, 2018
“Hoda is, in a word, remarkable. She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity,” Lack said.
Kotb and Guthrie, who has co-anchored TODAY since 2012, will be the first pair of women to anchor TODAY, although they are not the first all-female morning show duo. (ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts co-anchored from 2006-2009.)
Kotb began her news career with reporting and anchoring positions for broadcast stations in New Orleans and Fort Myers. She became the co-host of the TODAY fourth hour with Gifford in 2008. She also hosts “The Hoda Show on SiriusXM.”
In 2017, Kotb announced her adoption of a baby girl. Her daughter, Haley Joy, serves as the inspiration of her upcoming book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
TODAY’s new team of co-anchors grace the upcoming issue of People magazine.
In the upcoming issue of People magazine, Kotb said NBC executives offered her the co-anchor position just before the holidays.
“Weirdly it doesn’t feel like the headline because we’ve worked together for a long time,” she said.
In their joint interview with the magazine, Guthrie said “we’re grateful to NBC for not having some old fashioned notion” about what an anchoring team should look like.
“I think they looked at it and said, ‘Why would you change this? This is working, it feels good,’” she said.
The new TODAY anchors also discuss their friendship and the synergy they share.
“When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. If it works, it works. We’re sort of like sisters,” Kotb said.