Hoda Kotb was just named as the new co-host of "Today", replacing Matt Lauer who was sacked following multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. In an inward email declaring Kotb's co-grapple part Tuesday, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said Kotb and Guthrie have a "certain association with each other and above all, with watchers". Kotb will now co-host the first two hours of the morning show with Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will play second fiddle. Hoda will continue co-hosting the fourth hour.
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In addition to Today, she has also served as co-host of NBC's coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. While the duo is breaking the old-school tradition of having a man and a woman sitting behind the desk, Kotb, who's close friends with Guthrie, has had a positive effect on the ratings since filling in for Matt Lauer after he was sacked in November, following accusations of sexual misconduct. The Daily Mail notes that "GMA typically wins in total viewers while Today has a hold on viewers ages 25-54, which is more important to advertisers".
The publication's independent news analyst and contributor said that while NBC wouldn't share information on Kotb's compensation for her new role, he speculated that she could walk away with $5 million a year.
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Kotb began making headlines from the very first day working at Lauer's replacement. "I misunderstood. Have a great day", he wrote. However, she too rakes in lesser than Lauer, her estimated salary being $15 to $20 million for hosting "Megyn Kelly Today".
The timing is important for NBC, because "Today" said Kotb's selection was a good one "because it reinforces the sense of a th the Winter Olympics".
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Kotb, after all, is no NBC News rookie. I feel the same way Savannah does, like I race home. As one Twitter user pointed out on Wednesday afternoon, if you do the math, Kotb is making 28 percent of Lauer's old salary. 28. Per.