Hoda Kotb Named as New Co-Anchor; Matt Lauer Reacts

Lawrence Kim
January 12, 2018

This development marks the first time that two women are co-anchoring a morning news show. Kotb had been filling in the slot since Matt Lauer was sacked on November 29, 2017 following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct at the network.

Lauer was sacked in late November after the allegations emerged.

Lauer was sacked at the end of November, after reports of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment surfaced. Furthermore, after his firing, NBC continued to receive complaints against the anchor for sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. So, it's harder for women to build up the track record at any one company to be able to negotiate higher and higher salaries.

As fans may already be aware, it was announced on Tuesday that Hoda Kotb would officially replace Lauer, co-hosting alongside Savannah Guthrie.

"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said to Guthrie on air. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show".

Speaking of Kotb alone, she landed $18 million short of what her predecessor made.

Guthrie joined NBC News as a correspondent in 2007 and has been the co-anchor of Today since 2012.

Considering Hoda is, for now, hosting both the 7 to 9 a.m. slot and the 10 a.m. slot with Kathie Lee Gifford-it remains unclear whether she'll leave Gifford-we certainly hope she rakes in more cash. Numerous show's viewers found the moment cringe-worthy when Kotb referred to the text she had received from show's former host. Talk about a long day. But few are aware of the fact that Hoda Kotb, the woman who replaced him, earns far less salary for the same job which paid Lauer $25 million a year. They regularly display how much they genuinely like each other when they share the screen.

Page Six reports that the Dateline NBC alum will be making a measly $7 million as Matt Lauer's replacement. Instead or rejecting the role due to an obvious pay gap, she accepted the job happily.

"I know it sounds insane, but it just feels like we will sit together out there and then go home to our kids", Kotb said. "I misunderstood. Have a great day", he wrote.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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