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Hoda Kotb takes over for Matt Lauer on 'Today' show

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, 7:46 a.m.
Hoda Kotb is the new 'Today'  show co-anchor.
Hoda Kotb is the new 'Today' show co-anchor.
Co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the New York City set of the 'Today' show on Nov. 29, after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer for 'inappropriate sexual behavior.'
Co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the New York City set of the 'Today' show on Nov. 29, after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer for 'inappropriate sexual behavior.'

NBC's "Today" show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced Tuesday morning that her new partner is Hoda Kotb.Kotb replaces former co-anchor Matt Lauer, whom the station fired Nov. 29 after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior arose.

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled," said Guthrie, who announced Lauer's firing on the show.

Kotb will join Guthrie on the show for the first two hours, according to NBC News. Kathie Lee Gifford will continue to co-host the show's fourth hour. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you," Kotb told her new co-anchor.

Kotb's official debut came after an announcement by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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