With Matt Lauer’s reign on the Today show at an end, NBC just announced that Hoda Kotb would take over the position alongside Savannah Guthrie. While fans were elated to hear the news, Kotb believes the network can spice things up even more by adding Ann Curry to the mix.
According to Life & Style, an insider claims that producers are thinking about adding Curry now that Lauer is out of the picture. The source revealed that producers think Curry would make a great co-host sub or even special correspondent, and fans couldn’t agree more. In fact, quite a few fans made a similar suggestion shortly after Kotb’s announcement.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Curry will be on the Today show anytime soon. She just confirmed that she’s starting a new series on PBS, titled We’ll Meet Again. The show examines how people often cross paths at significant times in life. The new series means that Curry probably won’t have time to appear regularly on Today, at least until she gets the new show underway.
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Page Six reports that Kotb’s hiring was a historic moment for NBC. Although Kotb is making significantly less money than Lauer – somewhere in the range of $18 million less – this is the first time that two women will host the show on a permanent basis. Kotb reportedly inked a contract worth around $7 million, which is the same that Guthrie makes.
In contrast, Lauer was pulling down a little over $25 million a year, over triple what his former co-hosts earn. Although Kotb is making less than Lauer, she isn’t worried about the money situation.
“Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Plus, Matt’s salary reflected the long time he was on the show — 25 years,” an inside source explained. “If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract. But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.”
According to People, NBC released an official announcement confirming that Kotb is taking over Lauer’s old co-hosting duties. Network chairman Andy Lack praised Kotb’s talents as a host and said the network is fortunate to have someone of her caliber on the show full time.
As fans will recall, Kotb was filling in for Lauer in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal that eventually got him fired. Although Kotb landed a new segment, she will still be hosting with Kathie Lee Gifford in her usual 10 am time slot.
Kotb recently opened up about landing Lauer’s old gig. Kotb was excited that NBC decided to keep her on with Guthrie and admitted that they share a unique chemistry on set. In fact, she even went as far to say that she and Guthrie are like sisters.
Hoda Kotb has not, however, commented on the rumors that producers are thinking about adding Curry to the show, though it is clear that fans would approve of the move.