Hoda Kotb Named New Co-Anchor of NBC’s ‘Today,’ Joins Savannah Guthrie
Today fans can rejoice now that the official new co-anchor has finally been announced. And who better than Todayâ€™s very own Hoda Kotb!
Hoda has been a regular on Today for years and now she will officially be hosting the show alongside Savannah Guthrie every morning, according to NBC. Kotb has been the co-host of the fourth hour of the show with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, and she will be continuing in to do so.
â€œThis has to be the most popular decision that NBC News has ever made,â€ Guthrie said after announcing that Hoda Kotb would be joining her behind the desk.
â€œI am pinching myself,â€ she said. â€œI think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show.â€
Fans â€“ and NBC News â€“ have recognized that Hoda has a remarkable connection with viewers. She is able to be authentic during touching moments, as well as tragic times. Whatâ€™s more, she is eager to be in her new role and has â€œhit the ground running,â€ according to NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack.
Savannah and Hoda have been co-anchoring the show since November, after former anchor, Matt Lauer was fired. Lauer was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by a female colleague and has since taken a leave of absence from public life. And while Hoda says that she didnâ€™t fill-in in hopes of landing Lauerâ€™s empty position, it is only fitting that she did.
It is rare for a morning news show to be hosted by two female anchors. It doesnâ€™t happen very often, but when it does, it is certainly something to celebrate.
Fans sent in their congratulations using #SavannahHodaTODAY on social media, but they werenâ€™t the only ones. Kotbâ€™s fellow Today colleagues also shared their congratulations.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) January 2, 2018
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 2, 2018
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) January 2, 2018
Savannah and Hoda have always had a great chemistry together. They consider themselves sisters and have been through a lot together on the show already. The two are likely to keep Today as one of the biggest morning shows in the country.
What do you think about NBCâ€™s choice for a co-anchor? Is there anyone youâ€™d rather see beside Guthrie?
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