Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of TODAY, replacing Matt Lauer

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(WWLP) – Hoda Kotb has been named the new co-anchor of TODAY on NBC, joining Savannah Guthrie on the desk.

The official announcement was made at the opening of Tuesday morning’s show.

“It’s 2018 and we are kicking the year off right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of TODAY,” Guthrie said. “Let’s give her a round of applause! This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled!”

Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a Dateline correspondent and has been co-hosting the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee Gifford for ten years.

Kotb replaces Matt Lauer, whose career at NBC was cut short amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Kotb was on the desk with Guthrie to announce his firing back in November, and has been filling in ever since.

Kotb will continue co-hosting the 10:00 a.m. hour of TODAY with Gifford.

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