Hoda Kotb Replaces Matt Lauer as Permanent Co-Host of NBC's 'Today'

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With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.

Hoda Kotb, who has filled in on NBC's Today show since Matt Lauer was sacked in November, has now officially replaced him.

Kotb is replacing Lauer, who was the co-anchor of Today for 20 years and was the highest paid person at NBC News at the time of his firing, NPR's David Folkenflik has reported.

It will be the first all-female team headlining Today in the show's 65-year history. The decision signals a turning point of sorts for NBC: In addition to the Lauer scandal, the network also reviewed 2005 footage from an NBC-owned show in which President Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitalia but was beaten to publication by The Washington Post, and passed on an exposé of Mr. Weinstein by an MSNBC contributor.

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

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News have ever made, and I'm so thrilled", Ms. Guthrie said.

Kotb will continue to co-host the 10 a.m. hour of "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford, a job she has held since 2008. The story is based on a two-month investigation during which the magazine conducted 'dozens of interviews with current and former staffers, including three women whose accounts were corroborated by friends and colleagues who were told of the harassment at the time. 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.

Kotb is well known to "Today" viewers.

"It's 2018 and we are kicking off the year right because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today", Guthrie announced Tuesday after the program's opening". "This is working, it feels good, '" she said. NBC notes that she has also received a Gracie award and an Edward R. Murrow award during her time with the network.

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