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Hoda Kotb: 7 Things to Know About Matt Lauer's Replacement

Hoda Kotb: 7 Things to Know About Matt Lauer's Replacement

NBC's decision this week to name Hoda Kotb co-anchor of "Today," the network's profitable news broadcast, was "not that complicated" - there was virtually no other option, Vanity Fair reported. NBC's permanent choice of Huda makes this the first-ever Today show with an all-female anchor team.

Considering Hoda is, for now, hosting both the 7 to 9 a.m. slot and the 10 a.m. slot with Kathie Lee Gifford-it remains unclear whether she'll leave Gifford-we certainly hope she rakes in more cash.

This week, Kotb was named as the successor for disgraced Matt Lauer after he was sacked from NBC News in November following a sexual misconduct accusation and now, she and Guthrie are opening up about doing it all.

"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", Lack wrote in a statement, according to the New York Times.

Kotb's new co-anchor Guthrie excitedly announce her new morning partner during the Tuesday morning show.




Multiple outlets have noted that after Lauer's departure, with Kotb taking his place at the anchor desk, Today's ratings didn't show any sign of a drop - instead, they surged higher.

Kotb said she received a text from Lauer after her promotion. They regularly display how much they genuinely like each other when they share the screen.

The glaring discrepancy between Lauer and Kotb's salaries raises questions about what kind of people are valued at NBC. According to Page Six, Kotb will only make $7 million a year on Today per the new contract she has worked up with her employers. But an insider says that Kotb isn't complaining about her new salary.

Kotb began making headlines from the very first day working at Lauer's replacement. As one Twitter user pointed out on Wednesday afternoon, if you do the math, Kotb is making 28 percent of Lauer's old salary. 28. Per. It's a big gap between the $25 million per year salary Lauer earned in the same position over his 25 years at NBC. "He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true".


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