NBC's 'Today' Just Became the Only Morning News Show Entirely Anchored by Women
"Today" is the first all-female hosted morning news show since 2009.
After the high-profile firing of “Today” show co-anchor Matt Lauer in November of 2017, NBC has decided to ring in the new year by making their popular morning news show the only one of its kind to be anchored by all women.
Since Lauer’s departure, “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie has often been joined by longtime NBC personality Hoda Kotb to fill his spot. On Tuesday, the network announced that this partnership would become permanent with the duo making their official debut as co-anchors this morning.
Kotb has been a member of the NBC team since 1998 when she joined “Dateline” as a correspondent. Since then, she has been a consistent presence on the network, most notably hosting the 10 a.m. hour of “Today” with Kathie Lee Gifford, a role she will continue to fill as she takes on the 7 and 8 a.m. hours with Guthrie.
Kotb and Guthrie co-hosted “Today” the morning NBC announced its decision to fire long-time host Matt Lauer in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct. The pair broke the news in a visibly emotional segment. Lauer had hosted “Today” since 1997.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
With the hiring of Kotb, “Today” becomes the first all-female hosted morning news show since Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts hosted ABC’s “Good Morning America” from 2006-2009. Kotb will now appear for three out of the four hours that “Today” broadcasts every morning.
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