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Hoda Kotb named 'Today' co-anchor following Lauer's exit

Hoda Kotb named 'Today' co-anchor following Lauer's exit

Kotb's new role as the host of the 7-9 a.m. hours of the popular morning show - alongside co-host Savannah Guthrie, weather anchor Al Roker and Orange Room host Carson Daly - began Tuesday morning (Jan. 2). And while her co-anchor chemistry with Guthrie remains to be seen, the charismatic Kotb arrives without a whiff of scandal and boosts the Today anchor desk to a double dose of femininity. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC's Good Morning America in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host.

Kotb has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1986, when she started her career as a news assistant in Egypt for CBS News, according to Variety.

Now Kotb, known for her 10 a.m.

Kotb said she was pinching herself as the show kicked off its new era.

"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", he stated.

Kotb, a longtime NBC correspondent, had been filling in for Lauer since his firing in November for alleged serial sexual harassment, and, worry not, will also continue as host of the wine-soaked fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford.

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The transition from Lauer to Kotb has also been a leadership moment for Guthrie, who became a co-host of "Today" in 2012.

"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", the email said, adding that Kotb was "remarkable". "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va., where my mom has likely fainted".

The addition marks the first time a pair of women will be anchoring the program, according to NBC News.

"There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you", Kotb said, reaching out and briefly clasping hands with Guthrie.

NBC fired Lauer in response to an allegation brought by a younger female colleague who said Lauer sexually harassed her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and continued afterward.

Lauer's eventual replacement had always been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb's performance made it easier.