In late November of last year, TODAY’s highest-paid anchor, Matt Lauer, was fired following a detailed sexual harassment report by one of his co-workers. As of January 2018, the filer of the report still remains anonymous and it is unlikely that their identity will be released.
Recently, it was announced that Lauer would be replaced by Hoda Kotb, longtime co-host of Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb will now also be joining Savannah Guthrie as her permanent co-host during the early morning air time.
Shortly after the announcement, Kotb spoke with ET about the exciting change, where she revealed that Lauer texted her when the news broke.
"I did hear from him, yeah, he texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up," Kotb stated. "My heart just went like, you know, it meant the world to see that."
Despite Lauer’s sudden departure, he and Kotb still keep in touch. The two are very good friends, according to Kotb herself.
"Matt is our good friend and continues to be, and I think for both of us, we've just been trying to navigate this time and honor our love and friendship with Matt, but also understand and try to learn more about these circumstances," she said. "So, it's complicated when you are surprised by revelations, but you still care deeply for somebody who's a friend. I think for all of us, we've just been trying to navigate through that, with straightforwardness and honesty and integrity."
Kotb’s remarks come shortly after the TODAY show faced a great amount of backlash for Kotb’s salary.
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