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. She replaces Today veteran Matt Lauer, who was sacked in late November after a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior". He was reportedly making as much as $28 million per year, far more than the $7 million salary the New York Post reports Kotb is now making.
Kotb went on to say that the money was not as important to her as doing the job she loved, but the wage disparity still spurred some outrage among critics and viewers. Plus, Matt's salary reflected the long time he was on the show - 25 years.
One former NBC employee alleged he asked her back to his office, where he pressed a button and locked the door, a function, it's been claimed, many exec offices have.
The announcement of her appointment as Lauer's permanent replacement was made early Tuesday by Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News Group. Congrats to Hoda Kotb for killing the news game! She is a correspondent on Dateline NBC.
Kotb received support from Guthrie, too, when she adopted a baby girl, Haley, in February 2017.
Now that Hoda Kotb has officially been named Today's newest co-anchor, many fans have been wondering - how much is Hoda's TV salary?
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Days before reuniting with Selena , 25, Justin , 23, had spent some quality time with his family in the Mexican city of Cancun. Both stars, who rekindled their romance a couple of months ago, were twinning as they sported white outfits.
Other candidates that were considered for Matt Lauer's role are reportedly disappointed, but given the understandable anti-men sentiment now active at the NBC network, it is anticipated that Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams and Carson Daly will recover. "I misunderstood. Have a great day", he wrote.
NBC and a representative for Kotb did not return HuffPost's requests for comment. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you".
Kotb, 53 and a recent mother, will be co-hosting the 7 a.m. (12 p.m. GMT) program followed by the 10 a.m. hour (3 p.m.) of "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford.
NBC announced on Tuesday that Kotb would be replacing Matt Lauer as the co-anchor of the "Today" show after Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace. "He said some nice words", she said on air.
In recent years, Kotb began joining Guthrie and Lauer at the anchor desk in the programme's second half-hour. I feel the same way Savannah does, like I race home.