After Matt Lauer’s abrupt firing from NBC News and “Today,” Hoda Kotb immediately filled-in next to Savannah Guthrie as co-anchor on the country’s No. 1 rated morning show. And now, it’s official– Kotb is Guthrie’s co-anchor.
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack made the announcement in a statement, “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. 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 also shared the news on air, “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. You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this.”
Kotb, visibly happy, said “I’m pinching myself,” and asked that medicine be sent to her mother in Virginia, as she “likely fainted.”
But, don’t worry– Kotb will still host the fun-loving fourth-hour of “Today” with her wine drinking partner, Kathie Lee Gifford.