Hoda Kotb Named Co-Anchor of ‘Today’ Show

HODA KOTB REPLACES MATT LAUER AS CO-HOST OF "TODAY" SHOW'S FIRST TWO HOURS

(CNN) – NBC has found its permanent replacement for Matt Lauer on the “Today” show.

Hoda Kotb, who’s hosted the fourth hour of “Today” with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, now adds the first two hours of the show to her portfolio.

The promotion means that Kotb and Savannah Guthrie will co-host the first two hours of “Today”.

Kotb had been filling in for those first two hours since Lauer was fired in November over allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior.

NBC News president Andy Lack says Guthrie and Kotb have what he calls an “undeniable connection” with each other and the viewers.

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