"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.
Those in the studio applauded, and Guthrie described this as "the most popular decision that NBC News has ever made". She has been co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour of "Today", a freewheeling talk show with Kathie Lee Gifford, since 2008. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC's Good Morning America in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host.
"Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", she said.
Hoda Kotb is beginning 2018 with a high-profile new gig: as co-anchor of "Today", NBC has announced.
Kotb, who was joined by Guthrie for her interview with ET, told the entertainment outlet she's been in touch with Lauer since his ousting.
Kotb said she was pinching herself as the show kicked off its new era.
"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", NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in an email to the staff Tuesday, according to Deadline.
It will be the first all-female team headlining Today in the show's 65-year history.
Kotb, in turn, joked that "we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the opening of that show". And considering Today's ratings have been rising in the month after Lauer's exit, it probably wasn't hard to come to the decision that Kotb was an easy choice for the long haul. She's subbed for Lauer since the day he was sacked and Today has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.
Kotb won a Peabody award for her work with Dateline, and a Daytime Emmy award as part of the Today show.