After the removal of Matt Lauer from NBC’s Today Show following sexual misconduct, Hoda Kotb was announced on Tuesday January 02, 2017 as Lauer’s replacement. Not only will this be a first for an Arab-American, but it will also be the first time two women co-host the popular morning show, as Kotb will be co-anchoring alongside Savannah Guthrie. Speaking about Guthrie, Kotb stated, “when you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. If it works, it works. We’re sort of like sisters, and everybody wants a sister.”
Upon hearing the news, Kotb excitedly claimed, “I am pinching myself. I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show.”
Even though Kotb was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, her parents are originally Egyptian and descend from Coptic ancestry. The whole family has assimilated themselves very well into the American melting pot as indicated by Kotb’s promotion, as well as Kotb’s mother, Sameha, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Kotb has worked for NBC since 1998 when she was a correspondent for the show “Dateline.” However, since 2008, she is most famously known for co-hosting the fourth hour of the Today Show with long time pal Kathie Lee Gifford, and will gladly continue resume her position, despite this promotion.