Hoda Kotb was officially made the new co-anchor of Today in Jan. 2018, following the firing of Matt Later. The announcement marks some big changes in a time of transition for the morning program.
Read on to learn about how Kotb’s bound to shake things up.
It’s official: Kotb is the new co-anchor of Today.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack shared the news in a staff memo. “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,” he wrote. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today.”
She’s been filling in for Matt Lauer
After Lauer left the show due to inappropriate sexual behavior allegations, Kotb filled in. In fact, it was up to Kotb and Savannah Guthrie to break the news concerning Lauer on-air “
“That morning was so hard, but Hoda and I were in it together,” said Guthrie. “We are family, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer.”
Kotb and Guthrie have undeniable chemistry
Since Kotb started filling in for Lauer, there was no denying the chemistry she shared with Guthrie.
“What’s really cool about this is just getting to get up everyday and do the things you love to do with your really good friend who you trust and love and enjoy,” said Guthrie. “Our biggest problem is that we actually talk about other things all throughout the show. Sometimes we’re like, ‘Okay, pay attention. Do your jobs ladies!’”
And they’re breaking barriers
With the addition of Kotb to Today, the show is the only morning program officially anchored solely by a female team.
“We’re grateful to NBC for not having some old fashioned notion about what should be,” said Guthrie. “I think they looked at it and said, ‘Why would you change this? This is working, it feels good.’”
Ratings are already up
Who says a morning show with two female hosts can’t rake in the ratings? According to Yahoo, since Kotb began filling in for Lauer in late November, the show’s ratings have surged.
In fact, the show’s even won more viewers in the 25-to-54 crowd (a demographic they had previously been struggling with), as well as overall viewers.
Kotb’s career journey
Kotb began her career with NBC back in 1998 when she became a correspondent for Dateline. Prior to that, she had worked at several local news stations in New Orleans and Fort Myers, Florida.
In 1986, she was a CBS News assistant in Cairo, Egypt, where she reported on such topics as the war in Iraq and health issues.
She’s no stranger to the public eye
Besides being known for broadcast work, Kotb is also famous for her ability to be candid and honest about her life on camera. For many years, viewers have enjoyed being let into Kotb’s personal triumphs and tribulations. In 2007, they were with her as she battled breast cancer, and earlier this year, they were there as she adopted a daughter.
“Hoda is, in a word, remarkable,” said Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News Group. “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.”
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