Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of 'Today' show, replacing Matt Lauer

  • Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of 'Today' show, replacing Matt Lauer

Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of 'Today' show, replacing Matt Lauer

Kotb, who was joined by Guthrie for her interview with ET, told the entertainment outlet she's been in touch with Lauer since his ousting.

Hoda Kotb, a longtime NBC News correspondent, will permanently replace Matt Lauer as co-anchor of NBC's flagship morning program, "Today", the network said on Tuesday.

Following Matt Lauer's abrupt dismissal from Today in late November for sexual misconduct, NBC News faced a tough decision on finding an appropriate replacement on relatively short notice.

By BARBARA MARCOLINI and JIM RUTENBERG on Publish Date November 29, 2017.

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled", Guthrie said on Tuesday, announcing the appointment on the air. The three women asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional repercussions. Following his firing, other accusations, including summoning a female employee to his office, dropping his trousers and reprimanding her for not engaging in a sexual act, were brought forward against him in a Variety article.

Lauer has expressed "sorrow and regret" for the pain he caused, promising "soul searching" and a "hard look at [his] own troubling flaws". She joked that someone should check on her mother who had likely fainted after hearing the news that she is now co-anchor. She has often worked as a fill-in host during earlier hours of the "Today" show in the past, including on shows since Lauer was terminated.

Today famously documented Kotb's experience with breast cancer, and in the decade since her mastectomy, she has been an outspoken advocate for breast cancer prevention. Indeed, Kotb is a beloved figure, and her presence will be warmly regarded (although perhaps not quite to the degree as an Ann Curry return would have been, yet Curry's probably no longer interested). NBC notes that she has also received a Gracie award and an Edward R. Murrow award during her time with the network.