Hoda Kotb Named Official Today Show’s Co-Anchor

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Hoda Kotb has officially been named the Today Show’s new co-anchor, following the firing of former co-anchor Matt Lauer on November 28th, 2017, due to accusations of sexual misconduct.

Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a reporter for Dateline, and has been a substitute on the Today Show co-anchor chair over the years and a close friend to Lauer.

Pictured is Matt Lauer from the Today Show’s Instagram on November 1, 2017. He was fired following accusations of sexual harassment. (Today Show)

Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie, 46 year old American journalist, who had worked beside Lauer on the show since July of 2012. Guthrie, who was reportedly “not herself” after hearing the news of the firing of her long time friend, was shocked and heartbroken from the disappointing news.

The accusations of sexual misconduct came from an anonymous NBC staff member on November 25, 2017, who filed a complaint accusing Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

Lauer, who had worked on the NBC show for over 20 years, released a statement to the press admitting to wrongful actions he took in the past on the show. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” said Lauer, according to the New York Times.

According to FoxNews, Kotb will reportedly be making around $7 million a year while former co-anchor Lauer made around $25 million.