NBC News announced on Tuesday morning that Hoda Kotb will be the new co-anchor of the Today Show alongside Savannah Guthrie. This is the first all-female anchoring duo for the Today Show, but not for broadcast morning programs as Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts co-anchored Good Morning America for several years.
Kotb has been the primary substitute co-anchor since Matt Lauer was fired for sexual misconduct. On the first morning Lauer was gone, Kotb was who NBC News called in to fill in that day.
Kotb will remain the co-host of the Today Show’s 10 AM hour with Kathie Lee Gifford in addition to her new 7 AM and 8 AM duties. Since Kotb took over for Lauer on an interim basis, the show has seen ratings success in total viewers and the 25-54 demo. The show has won both categories every week since Lauer’s firing.
“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,” NBC News chair Andy Lack said in a memo to staff. “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.”