Hoda Kotb named permanent co-host of NBC's 'Today'

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It was really a no-brainer to hire Kotb as Lauer's replacement.

Hoda Kotb, who has filled in on NBC's "Today" show since Matt Lauer was sacked in November, is now officially replacing him.

The publication's independent news analyst and contributor said that while NBC wouldn't share information on Kotb's compensation for her new role, he speculated that she could walk away with $5 million a year.

This means that the show's first ever all-female lineup will be earning less than Lauer with their salaries combined, Page Six reported. At the time of his firing, Lauer was making $25 million a year.

One former NBC employee alleged he asked her back to his office, where he pressed a button and locked the door, a function, it's been claimed, many exec offices have.

Or it could reflect the huge wage disparity at NBC News, the insider conceded.

That news was covered that morning by Guthrie and Kotb, who filled in for Lauer.

Guthrie joined NBC News as a correspondent in 2007 and has been the co-anchor of Today since 2012. Kotb started her broadcast career in local news, anchoring and reporting for stations in New Orleans and Fort Myers.

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Hoda Kotb has been named a permanent co-anchor of the Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie following Matt Lauer's firing amid sexual harassment allegations.

News chairman Andy Lack announced Tuesday that Kotb will officially replace Lauer, who was sacked in November for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace", creating the show's first-ever all-female-fronted lineup.

A statement from Lauer was later read on The Today Show: 'There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.

"The answer is no-that's not happening", Kotb told the celebrity magazine. "Hoda, you are a partner and a friend and a sister, and I'm so happy to be doing this".

Interesting side note: Hoda's new contract apparently may see her leave the fourth hour.

An NBC spokesperson said the network doesn't comment on compensation and a spokesperson for CAA, the agency that represents Kotb, said executives there declined to comment. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you", Kotb said.

In January 2015, she revealed she'd been dating NY financier Joel Schiffman for two years, and Kotb adopted a daughter, Haley Joy, earlier this year. I feel the same way Savannah does, like I race home.

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