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NBC makes Hoda Kotb 'Today' co-anchor after Lauer firing

NBC makes Hoda Kotb 'Today' co-anchor after Lauer firing

Hoda Kotb will join Savannah Guthrie as a co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show.

"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question. "This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made".

"When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn't matter".

"Hoda, you are a partner and a friend and a sister and there is no one I'd rather be doing this with", Guthrie said. She also hosts "The Hoda Show on SiriusXM".

NBC News chairman Andy Lack announced the news in a memo right before the "Today" broadcast, according to CNN. "Let's give her a round of applause", Guthrie said, grinning.

Hoda Kotb has taken over Matt Lauer's role as co-anchor of "Today", just over one month after the longtime host was sacked from his post at the morning show for "inappropriate sexual behavior".

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"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said.

They are the first all-woman pair to anchor the NBC news program.

"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", Lack said in a statement. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va., where my mom has likely fainted".

Hoda Kotb, who took some time off in 2017 to welcome her adopted daughter Hayley Lee, first joined NBC News back in 1998 as a Dateline correspondent, having built a career as one of New Orleans' most recognizable anchors and reporters. The decision signals a turning point of sorts for NBC: In addition to the Lauer scandal, the network also reviewed 2005 footage from an NBC-owned show in which President Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitalia but was beaten to publication by The Washington Post, and passed on an exposé of Mr. Weinstein by an MSNBC contributor.

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.

"Weirdly, it doesn't feel like the headline because we've worked together for a long time", Kotb told the publication.

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