NBC News Names Kotb to Replace Lauer on ‘Today’

Anchor will continue co-hosting with Gifford at 10 a.m.
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NBC News named Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the Today show, replacing Matt Lauer, who was forced out after allegations of sexual harassment.

Kotb will be co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, beginning Tuesday morning (Jan. 2). She will also continue to co-host the 10 a.m. hour ofTodaywith Kathie Lee Gifford.

Guthrie announced the newsduring the broadcast. "We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor ofToday," she said. 

Lauer's sudden dismissal came as part of a wave of senior men in the media and entertainment business who lost powerful positions as a result of reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexually inappriopriate behavior with co-workers.CBS This MorninghostCharlie Rose also was removed from his TV jobs. With Lauer being replaced by Kotb, Today is the first morning broadcast news show hosted by two women, breaking with the traditional male-female pairing.

Kotb joined NBC News in 1988 as a correspondent forDatelineand has been hosting the fourth hour of Todaywith Gifford since 2008.

"Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running," said NBC News chair Andy Lack in an internal email. "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark ofToday."

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