- Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Hoda Kotb has been filling in on the anchor chair since NBC News fired “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer.
Now, the chair is officially hers.
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack made the announcement moments before the morning news show began.
Kotb, 53, will be the co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie and will continue her co-hosting duties during the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, “Today” reported.
Kotb joined the NBC news team in 1998 as a correspondent for “Dateline” and had filled in on the desk prior to Lauer’s ouster on Nov. 28. He was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct made by female co-workers.
Guthrie and Kotb are the first pair of women to co-anchor the “Today” show, but it isn’t anything new. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts co-hosted “Good Morning America” from 2006-2009.