Hoda Kotb will replace Matt Lauer on the set of NBC’s “Today Show” according to a report from the New York Times. During Tuesday’s broadcast, Savannah Guthrie – who works as the show’s other anchor – announced the news.
Ms. Guthrie was excited to make the announcement. The anchor stated it was one of the “most popular decisions” at NBC News ever to be implemented and is “thrilled” to be making the change.
Kotb, 53, said she was “pinching” herself following her promotion. Reportedly, it marks the first time in the history of the production where the two hosts are women. The series first began back in 1952.
The New York Times stated it was a wise decision to make the hosts women considering its audience is overwhelmingly female. As you may know, Matt Lauer was called “America’s Dad” by many due to the show’s light-hearted content and style.
Kotb will replace Matt following the allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Matt is just one of many men to lose his job and reputation following the cascade of accusations in the entertainment industry as well as journalism.
Some of the most prolific men to go down in flames includes Bill O’Reilly, James Toback, Roger Ailes, and Louis CK. In recent news, Danny Masterson – the star of That 70’s Show and The Ranch – had to step down from his role on the Netflix-produced series because of allegations of rape.
Additionally, despite the glowing response of many of the show’s fans, many executives were worried that viewers would leave following the departure of Matt who worked at the organization for over a decade.
At the time of Matt’s dismissal, lawyers working for him intended to get a payout due to him leaving before his contract ended. However, sources at NBC said it was unlikely.