Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of 'Today' show, replacing Matt Lauer

Hoda Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie as the co-anchor on the'TODAY show

In the month or so since that happened, Today hadn't officially found a substitution for Lauer's seat, but now that 2018 is in full gear, NBC News has announced Today vet Hoda Kotb has officially taken over as the show's official co-anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie.

Following Matt Lauer's abrupt dismissal from Today in late November for sexual misconduct, NBC News faced a tough decision on finding an appropriate replacement on relatively short notice.

"Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", she said.

"I'm pinching myself", Kotb responded.

That makes them the first female team to lead the show ever - and just the second all-female team to ever headline a morning TV show since Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts did it for ABC News in 2006 to 2009, "TODAY" wrote.

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During Tuesday's early morning broadcast, Guthrie once again expressed her enthusiasm for working with Kotb. She also hosts "The Hoda Show" on SiriusXM radio. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va., where my mom has likely fainted".

In a Tuesday email to staff, Lack said that Kotb over the last several weeks 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'".

Kotb, 53, has hosted the "Kathie Lee & Hoda" segment of the "Today" show alongside Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, and will continue to host that fourth-hour program in addition to her new gig.

Lauer's eventual replacement had always been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb's performance made it easier. She has been one of the show's most valued employees, getting promoted to third co-anchor in March of 2017, making her an obvious choice when NBC News needed an immediate fill-in after Matt Lauer got fired.

Kotb won a Peabody award for her work with Dateline, and a Daytime Emmy award as part of the Today show.

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