Hoda Kotb has been named as Matt Lauer’s permanent replacement to co-anchor the “Today” show, according to NBC News chairman Andy Lack on Tuesday.
After co-hosting the fourth hour of the “Today” show for nearly a decade, Kotb will be anchoring the two-hour morning news show alongside Savannah Guthrie, according to a report in Axios.
In a memo sent to NBC staff about the announcement, Lack called Kotb a “remarkable” individual, and said the new anchor team would debut on Tuesday.
“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. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY,” said Lack, adding, “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.”
Lack added that he considers Guthrie to be one of the “best and most uncompromising interviewers” in the news business.
“Her unique credibility spans politics and pop culture and everything in between. On top of all that, we’ve been lucky enough to watch and delight in her joy as she has built her own family, all while becoming the center of TODAY’s. She’s been a rock for our organization in tough times, and we are grateful,” he said.
Lauer was fired by NBC at the end of November for “inappropriate sexual behavior” in the workplace.
“Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” NBC’s Twitter account said at the time.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017