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Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Hoda Kotb: Why I still keep in touch with Matt Lauer
“We keep in touch with him," the Today anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC (in 1998). When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that . . . you know, he was incredible in that way. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host NBC's Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan
The one-hour documentary special, airing May 16, will "lift the curtain on the most talked-about nuptials of the year." ALSO: PBS announces a five-night Royal Wedding Watch.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon dressed a Kenny Rogers to serenade Hoda and Kathie Lee on their 10th anniversary
Fallon as Rogers sang "Through the Years" on the 10 a.m. Today show as Hoda Kotb recalled telling Kathie Lee Gifford “you and I are going to be lifetime friends" after their first meeting in 2008.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Kathy Lee Gifford recalls originally rejecting her Today job
Gifford, celebrating the 10th anniversary of her pairing with Hoda Kotb, recalls thinking "I would rather rip my toenails out than have to do that" when viewing the show's first incarnation consisting of Kotb, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Wendy Williams: It’s “now beneath” Hoda Kotb to continue hosting Today’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford
“How much longer do you think Hoda’s going to stick around and drink wine on that fourth hour?” asked Williams on Monday’s show. “It is now beneath her to be there. Let Kathie Lee find some other socialite to sit with. Hoda, you’re in the news room now.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
CNN’s Bill Weir slams Megyn Kelly over her Jane Fonda remarks, attacking her “ginormous salary”
“A decent host might drop by the green room before the show and ask an 80 yr-old the best way to broach a sensitive topic but @MegynTODAY would rather attack the guest for being offended,” Weir tweeted, adding: “Meanwhile, real journalists are forced to take cuts so NBC can pay her ginormous salary.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Savannah Guthrie on working with Hoda Kotb: “I think we had an instant thing”
The Today co-anchors visited The Tonight Show last night, where Guthrie spoke about the aftermath of the Matt Lauer scandal: “Yeah, it was hard, and like everyone saw, we went through it. But something really lovely and positive has happened. And I think that’s where we’re focused.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Jane Fonda jokingly referenced her disastrous Megyn Kelly interview on Today
Fonda and Lily Tomlin were promoting the new season of Grace and Frankie this morning, when Tomlin jokingly brought up her first facelift. “Let's not go there. Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” said Fonda, prompting laughter from interviewers Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Why Hoda Kotb isn’t making Matt Lauer’s salary: “TV thrives on paying new people in old positions significantly less”
There are exceptions like Megyn Kelly, but salaries usually grow the longer a person stays in a particular position. That's according to Brian Steinberg, who explains why, in her new role as Today co-anchor, Kotb will be earning $7 million, compared to predecessor Lauer's reported $25 million a year. “While the optics of the financial arrangement have spurred a very worthwhile and necessary discussion about compensation parity among men and women in the media business,” he says, “the simple fact is that Kotb is being treated much like almost any other anchor or host who takes over a coveted and long-held post on a venerable TV program. TV networks often see opportunity in such transitions, because it typically means a cutback in salary outlay. It’s a fair gamble, for example, that Stephen Colbert wasn’t given David Letterman’s salary upon taking over CBS’ Late Show, or that Trevor Noah was not immediately handed Jon Stewart’s financial arrangement upon being given the reins to Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Lauer, no doubt, wasn’t immediately festooned with Bryant Gumbel’s paycheck when he graduated to a Today co-anchor slot in 1997.”
- Kotb tells People: "I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close”
- Why neither Matt Lauer nor Hoda Kotb deserve to making $25 million a year
- Kotb has “overperformed” in her role, having worked at NBC News for 20 years while bringing big numbers to Today's 10 a.m. hour for a decade
- Kotb deserves a larger salary since she’s "pulling double duty” as she continues co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour
- TV veterans say Kotb’s promotion was “not that complicated” and “there was no one else”
- Al Roker shuts down a Twitter troll who wanted “a seasoned man” to replace Matt Lauer
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Report: Hoda Kotb will make about $18 million less per year than Matt Lauer as his Today replacement
Kotb’s salary will be bumped up to $7 million a year, according to Page Six, which is in line with Savannah Guthrie’s salary. Lauer was making about $25 million a year. A Today insider tells Page Six: “Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Plus, Matt’s salary reflected the long time he was on the show — 25 years. If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract. But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.” ALSO: Hoda Kotb has a higher Q score than both Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Hoda Kotb received congratulations from Matt Lauer on her promotion to Today co-anchor
"I did hear from him, yeah, he texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up," Kotb tells Entertainment Tonight. "My heart just went like, you know, it meant the world to see that.” Kotb adds that her relationship with Lauer is “complicated,” adding: “You know, Matt is our good friend and continues to be, and I think for both of us, we've just been trying to navigate this time and honor our love and friendship with Matt, but also understand and try to learn more about these circumstances," Kotb shares. "So, it's complicated when you are surprised by revelations, but you still care deeply for somebody who's a friend. I think for all of us, we've just been trying to navigate through that, with straightforwardness and honesty and integrity."
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Hoda Kotb officially replaces Matt Lauer as Today co-anchor
NBC News made the pairing official this morning, announcing that Kotb will join Savannah Guthrie as Today co-anchor — while continuing to co-host the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford. The announcement comes after Today maintained a ratings lead among morning shows with Kotb filling in as co-anchor after Lauer was fired for sexual misconduct on Nov. 29. “When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. If it works, it works,” Kotb says of her synergy with Guthrie. “We’re sort of like sisters, and everybody wants a sister.” NBC News chairman Andy Lack added in a statement: “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. They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today.” ALSO: Matt Lauer turned 60 this past Saturday.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Some women have always wanted a Today sans Matt Lauer
"Frankly, I'm not surprised at all that the Today show ratings have improved, because I always thought (Lauer) was the weakest host," says attorney Liesel Burks, who considered Katie Couric and Ann Curry the strongest past hosts. "Today show's greatest strength has been the high-caliber female journalists that the show has promoted over the years, and I wish they had been able to shine more."
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
Today and CBS This Morning are showing they never needed Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose
Rose’s exit hasn’t hurt his former CBS morning show’s ratings, and Today without Lauer has only thrived and beat the competition since his ouster. Which begs the question: Do viewers actually care who hosts their favorite morning news programs, or were they impressed by how Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb each handled the loss of their male co-anchor?
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Today was No. 1 for the second full week without Matt Lauer
Today remained on top with Hoda Kotb filling in again last week, though it was just 60,000 viewers above Good Morning America. Today has been No. 1 since the week of Lauer’s firing.