Hoda Kotb is the new co-anchor of the Today show, marking the first time both of the show's anchors are women, but her salary is reportedly much less than her predecessor's.
Kotb joins co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and fills the void left by Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC in late November for "inappropriate sexual behavior." He was reportedly making as much as $28 million per year, far more than the $7 million salary the New York Post reports Kotb is now making.
Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on November 29 after reporting the news of Matt Lauer's termination.
The 53-year-old is worth approximately $12 million, according to celebritynetworth.com, and the Post reports that her new salary matches Guthrie's, although Kotb will also continue to co-host the 10 a.m. hour with Kathie Lee Gifford—so no need to put down your wine glasses.
Kotb (pronounced COT-bee) joined the network as a correspondent for Dateline in 1998, and she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010 for her work on Today.
Guthrie said at the start of Tuesday's show, "This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled. Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister, and I am so happy to be doing this."
"I am pinching myself," Kotb responded. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show."
According to People, NBC executives offered the job to Kotb just before the holidays. She had been filling in as co-anchor since Lauer's departure, during which time the show beat Good Morning America in the
NBC elder statesman Tom Brokaw, a former Today co-anchor himself, called Kotb's selection "historic and so deserved."
savannah and hoda - historic and so deserved— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) January 2, 2018
one more step in what i believe will the hallmark of the 21 century
women hv full parity
Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Egyptian parents, and she lived in Cairo herself and worked for CBS News there after graduating from Virginia Tech University with a degree in broadcast journalism.
She married former tennis coach Burzis Kanga in 2005 and the couple divorced two years later, the same year Kotb underwent a and for breast cancer.
In January 2015, she revealed she'd been dating New York financier Joel Schiffman for two years, and Kotb adopted a daughter, Haley Joy, earlier this year.
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