2018 is looking up so far, for women in positions of power at least.
This makes Hoda and Savannah the first all-women team to co-anchor the first part of the popular morning show.
The US television channel NBC said on Tuesday (2 January) it had appointed a female anchor to replace shamed star Matt Lauer, who was accused of sexual misconduct, on its signature morning show Today.
Lauer had been a fixture at "Today" since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague.
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.
"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said. "I think that we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show".
It was really a no-brainer to hire Kotb as Lauer's replacement.
Now, the chair is officially hers. Kotb, the longtime host of Today's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, also has excellent chemistry with Guthrie. But fans of the show have nothing to fret about. Megyn Kelly hosts the show's third hour. Talk about a long day.
"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", Lack wrote in a statement, according to the New York Times. They regularly display how much they genuinely like each other when they share the screen.
Kotb did not specify what her contracted pay is, but rather Page Six reports that she and Guthrie are each making $7 million yearly. "Hoda, you are a partner and a friend and a sister, and I'm so happy to be doing this". "He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true".
Other candidates that were considered for Matt Lauer's role are reportedly disappointed, but given the understandable anti-men sentiment now active at the NBC network, it is anticipated that Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams and Carson Daly will recover.