Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer As Official "Today" Co-Anchor

Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer As Official

Kotb's appointment is also a symbolic step for NBC News, which is conducting an internal review of sexual harassment within the division in light of Lauer's behaviour, which had allegedly been ongoing while unbeknownst to upper management.

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.

An insider said that Kotb "isn't complaining about the money" because she's landed the job she always dreamed of.

News chairman Andy Lack shared the news in a staff memo Monday morning.

Kotb has worked for NBC News for nearly two decades. She joined the network in 1998, first as a correspondent on the "Dateline" newsmagazine. Megyn Kelly is believed to have negotiated a salary of at least $17 million from NBC News, which snared her when her contract at Fox News Channel ended a year ago.

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Hoda Kotb has been named co-anchor of NBC News' TODAY joining Savannah Guthrie. Of course, Lauer was earning a whopping $25 million a year until he was sacked, meaning he was making more than three times as much as the women doing the same exact job. When asked if she'd earn close to Matt's yearly salary, Hoda candidly replied, "The answer is no - that's not happening".

She will also continue to co-host the final hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford.

"You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", Guthrie said to her colleague.

Kotb has been with NBC for about 20 years.

"She's just like the Hoda you know", Guthrie said of her friend as a parent. Certain texts popped up, and there was one from Matt: "'Congratulations!' He said some nice words", Kobt told E! on Tuesday. Kotb is no rookie, and if the bulk of the argument about this egregious pay gap is about seniority and, implicitly, reporting experience, then Kotb matches Lauer pound for pound; she just hasn't had the kind of visibility Lauer has enjoyed over the years. "He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true".

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