Who Is Hoda Kotb? Matt Lauer’s ‘Today’ Show Replacement Makes First Female Co-Host Duo for NBC Show

Hoda Kotb will be joining Savannah Guthrie as co-host of Today, replacing Matt Lauer after the former fixture of the show was fired for sexual harassment allegations, according to NBC News Chairman Andy Lack. Kotb and Guthrie are now the first-ever duo of female co-hosts on the show. 

Lack announced the promotion in a memo early Tuesday morning.

"Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running," Lack said. "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of 'Today.'"

Kotb joined Guthrie as an interim replacement in November after Lauer was fired. The two announced the news of the firing together on the show.

Kotb is a longtime employee of NBC News. She joined the network in 1998 as a correspondent for Dateline. In 2008, she began co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. Before that, she began her career anchoring and reporting local news in New Orleans and Fort Meyers, Florida.

Kotb will continue to co-host the 10 a.m. hour with Gifford while also adding the 7 and 8 a.m. hours to her schedule. Al Roker and Carson Daly are the two other members of the early hours.

 “We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today," Guthrie said on-air Tuesday “This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled.”

“I am pinching myself,” Kotb responded.

Guthrie became a Today co-host in 2012. Lack praised her in the memo, calling her "a rock for our organization in tough times."

He went on to praise Guthrie's new co-host.

"Hoda is, in a word, remarkable. She has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity," Lack said.

After the announcement, Kotb tweeted a selfie with Guthrie, with the caption “Whaaaaaatttttttt!"