Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of “Today” on Tuesday morning and officially headlined the broadcast with Savannah Guthrie.
Kotb, 53, had been behind the anchor desk of NBC’s morning news show in a temporary role since Matt Lauer was fired in November. Lauer’s dismissal came after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
In announcing Kotb’s appointment on “Today,” Guthrie, 46, told viewers: “This has to be the most popular decision that NBC News has ever made.”
“I am pinching myself,” said a beaming Kotb. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show.”
NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said in an email that Kotb has “seamlessly stepped” into the position, and with Guthrie, “quickly hit the ground running.”
“They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today,” Lack added.
Kotb is a familiar face with “Today” viewers, co-hosting the fourth hour of the show with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008. Lack said she would continue in that role.
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