Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Egyptian-American Hoda Kotb Named the Co-Anchor of NBC's 'Today'

Egyptian-American Hoda Kotb Named the Co-Anchor of NBC's 'Today'

Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Egyptian parents, and she lived in Cairo herself and worked for CBS News there after graduating from Virginia Tech University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Lauer ended his 25-year career at the network with a $25 million contract. Together, these two women (who are breaking a major glass ceiling on Today, mind you) barely make half of what Lauer did on his own. The announcement was made by Andy Lack, Chairman, NBC News Group. Kotb, who is replacing a man who once gave a sex toy to a colleague and wrote a note describing how he wanted to use it on her, is also getting paid less than that man. They also added that if Kotb decides to renew her contract, she might have the opportunity to ask for more money. He was said to have preyed on women in lesser roles within the company, like interns.

Hoda Kotb has been named as the new co-host of America's NBC Today show after Matt Lauer was sacked over allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria.

Kotb, a 53-year-old Egyptian-American, is an award-winning journalist who joined NBC in 1998 as a correspondent and went on to become a host of a later slot on the channel's morning program. She has a Daytime Emmy for her work on Today. Certain texts popped up, and there was one from Matt: "'Congratulations!'" Kotb told E!

Kotb's costar Guthrie was also thrilled when the NBC announced who Lauer's replacement would be on the show.

"I know it sounds ridiculous that I'm going to say this, but I really have done jobs I liked for the job I liked because I never wanted to be happy every other Friday on pay day. Not even close", the journalist told People.

Another factor to consider is that NBC is probably a LOT less interested in making big deals with talent after throwing money at Megyn Kelly, only to have the former Fox News anchor disappoint in the ratings department. I feel the same way Savannah does, like I race home. Meanwhile, Kotb and Guthrie are being shortchanged.

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