Hoda Kotb Named Permanent Co-Anchor of NBC's 'Today'

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While joining Guthrie on Monday morning, Kotb revealed her enthusiasm.

On Tuesday morning, just hours after NBC News Chairman Andy Lack announced that Hoda Kotb would be co-anchoring Today alongside Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker took to Twitter to defend his co-worker after a fan of the show stated that she "was looking for a seasoned man".

She replaces longtime "Today" anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked in November following allegations of sexual misconduct. Mr. Lauer is among the most high-profile names to have been ousted in a national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace, along with Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly.

Now, Kotb is set to join Savannah Guthrie behind the anchor desk, marking a groundbreaking departure from the typical male/female co-anchor format.

She has subbed for Lauer beginning on the day he was sacked.

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Kotb, 53, and her now co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, made the announcement Tuesday morning on the show.

She will also continue to join Gifford for the 10 a.m. hour of "TODAY", which the two have co-hosted since 2008, the LA Times wrote.

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made", Guthrie said. She also hosts "The Hoda Show on SiriusXM". "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of 'TODAY'". She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most hard news circumstances. "It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity", Lack said. The timing is important for NBC, because Today will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics. Despite the turmoil, "Today" won four straight weeks in the ratings over ABC's "Good Morning America", after it has spent much of the past few years in second place. Indeed, Kotb is a beloved figure, and her presence will be warmly regarded (although perhaps not quite to the degree as an Ann Curry return would have been, yet Curry's probably no longer interested).