On November 28, TODAY made a shocking announcement that they had fired their highest-paid news anchor. Matt Lauer was fired after a co-worker came forward with a detailed report about sexual harassment.
While the network said that it was the only complaint they had received about Lauer in his 20 years of working for TODAY, they said they did not believe it was an isolated incident. After the firing became public, several other women came forward with allegations against Lauer.
Over the past several weeks, fans have been speculating about who would take over as the co-anchor of TODAY. On Tuesday morning, the network officially announced their choice.
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack announced that the new co-anchor position will go to Hoda Kotb. The host will continue to work alongside Kathie Lee Gifford in the network's fourth hour, but she will now join Savannah Guthrie as an anchor for the first two hours of the morning news as well.
On the morning show, Guthrie said, "It's 2018 and we are kicking off the year right because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of TODAY. This has to be the most popular decision NBC News have ever made and I'm so thrilled."
Kotb said, "I'm pinching myself," and jokingly added that they even pronounced her name right.
Guthrie continued, "You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this."
Kotb has been involved with the network since 1998 when she became a correspondent for "Dateline." After Lauer's firing, she quickly stepped up to fill his role.
Lack said, "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. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY."
Lack continued, "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."
Guthrie and Kotb will be the first pair of females to co-anchor TODAY. However, the two said that it is a natural step and does not feel as monumental as it is made out to be.
Kotb told People, "Weirdly it doesn't feel like the headline because we've worked together for a long time."
Guthrie said that she was grateful the network saw what worked and did not want to change it even though it went against the social norms and traditions.
Kotb continued, "When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn't matter. If it works, it works. We're sort of like sisters."
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