Hoda Kotb Named Co-Anchor of NBC’s ‘Today’ Show

Hoda Kotb will officially step into the Today show co-anchor role left vacant by Matt Lauer, who was terminated over accusations of sexual misconduct by female colleagues. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack announced that Kotb, 53, will formally debut in her new role Tuesday to join Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk during the first two hours of the morning news program. She will also continue her job as co-host of Today’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb has been with NBC News since 1998 and has acted as a fixed substitute in Lauer’s spot since his November ouster. “The two have quickly hit the ground running,” Lack said of Kotb and Guthrie, in an announcement to staff on Tuesday. “They have an undeniable connection.”