News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the Today show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.
"You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", Guthrie said to her colleague.
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It's certainly a sage one in the midst of the #MeToo movement, when replacing allegedly predatory men with qualified women is becoming something of a trend (see also: Robin Wright ascending to the sole star of House of Cards following sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey; Christiane Amanpour, at least temporarily, taking over Charlie Rose's vacant timeslot on PBS). With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely. Lauer - fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior" - had been the co-host of "TODAY" since 1997, when he first led the show alongside Katie Couric.
Guthrie has co-anchored the program since 2012.
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In a Tuesday email to staff, Lack said that Kotb over the last several weeks has "seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running".
Hoda Kotb, who took some time off in 2017 to welcome her adopted daughter Hayley Lee, first joined NBC News back in 1998 as a Dateline correspondent, having built a career as one of New Orleans' most recognizable anchors and reporters. And considering Today's ratings have been rising in the month after Lauer's exit, it probably wasn't hard to come to the decision that Kotb was an easy choice for the long haul.
"He texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up", Kotb told Entertainment Tonight. The decision signals a turning point of sorts for NBC: In addition to the Lauer scandal, the network also reviewed 2005 footage from an NBC-owned show in which President Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitalia but was beaten to publication by The Washington Post, and passed on an exposé of Mr. Weinstein by an MSNBC contributor. "This is working, it feels good, '" Guthrie said in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine.
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