The question of who would replace Matt Lauer on Today has been answered, and it’s not much of a surprise. Savannah Guthrie will be joined permanently by Hoda Kobt, the longtime staple of the NBC morning programming.
Kotb has been filling in since the firing of Matt Lauer after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced last November. News of Kotb’s assignment came as the Today Show resumed post-holidays on Tuesday morning.
In a news release, network chairman Andy Lack stated, “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.'”
Today has garnered the top ratings for all morning programming over the last month.
Kotb will continue anchoring the fourth hour of Today alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.