Word has it, Hoda Kotb would be delighted to keep the ‘Today’ show co-anchor position formerly occupied by Matt Lauer! Here’s all the EXCLUSIVE details!
Hoda Kotb, 53, has been getting great viewer response since she took over Matt Lauer‘s, 59, position on the Today show on a moment’s notice on Nov. 29. Ratings have shot up to from 4.2 million viewers on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to 5.7 million viewers the following day, via ABC News, when Lauer was fired, and the trend has held with Hoda teaming up with Savannah Guthrie, 45, to lead the long-running daytime show. After all, Hoda has anchored the show’s 4th hour for 10 years, so she’s a familiar face! Now her name is reportedly at the top of the list of potential full-time replacements for Lauer. Also, in the running, according to media reports, are Anderson Cooper, 50, and Megyn Kelly, 47. Hoda would be honored to move from her regular 10 a.m. Today show spot with Kathie Lee Gifford, 64, to Lauer’s earlier hours. Take a look back at Matt’s career in photos right here!
“Hoda would love to get Matt‘s job,” an insider shares with HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She is a total team player and will do whatever is asked by the network. Sitting in the main seat on the biggest morning show on TV has been a dream of hers forever. Hoda would be thrilled if her temporary status becomes full time.” Hoda had a long career in serious journalism, including correspondence work for Dateline NBC. So she’s totally comfortable with the hard-hitting aspects of Lauer’s position. We’d love to see her and Savannah, 2 strong professional women, lead off Today show’s morning news hours.
Another individual who is considered a likely possibility for Matt’s replacement is Craig Melvin. He’s already a co-host on the Today show’s Saturday edition and is an anchor on MSNBC Live. Only time will tell if Hoda is here to stay!
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