This morning, January 2nd, Hota Kotb made her official debut as Today cohost next to Savannah Guthrie. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack announced Kotb’s promotion just before this morning’s show.
Kotb stepped into the cohost seat after Today’s Matt Lauer was fired on November 28th following sexual misconduct allegations. Before filling in for Lauer, Kotb was a regular on NBC News’ Dateline and the fourth hour of Today, where she and Kathie Lee Gifford discussed relevant daily topics.
Luckily for fans of the fourth hour, Kotb will still join Gifford after hosting the first two hours of the morning news show with Guthrie.
Kotb and Guthrie are the first female duo to host Today.
Kotb and Guthrie have both noted that they are like sisters to each other. We can’t wait to watch their sisterhood grow on air. Congrats to Hoda and the Today team!