Hoda Kotb is your new ruler of NBC’s ‘Today’ show, co-anchoring three of the show’s four hours.
NBC kicked off 2018 on Tuesday morning by officially naming Hoda Kotb as cohost of the popular Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie, the first time two women have co-anchored NBC’s flagship morning show.
Kotb, who has 30 years of experience in television news, replaces Matt Lauer who was fired in November 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Guthire and Kotb celebrated the announcement at the start of Tuesday’s show as Guthrie said: “Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today… this has to be the most popular decision NBC has ever made, and I am so thrilled.”
“You are a partner and a friend and a sister, ” Guthrie added, “And I am so happy to be doing this.”
Kotb responded warmly to Guthrie, saying: “Well, there’s no one I’d rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you.”
NBC News chairman Andy Lack announced the move just moments before the show went live on Tuesday, saying in a statement: “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. They haven an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of Today.”
Kotb first joined Today in 2007 as the co-anchor of the show’s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. She’ll continue those duties while adding the first two hours of Today, from 7 a.m. ET to 9 a.m. ET, to her schedule. (Today’s third hour is currently hosted by Megyn Kelly.)
The Today show fam have been celebrating the news throughout the morning, sharing their joy on Twitter.
Former Today host and current NBC News head anchor Lester Holt chimed in as well.
Indeed, it’s probably a welcome respite for everyone at NBC after the turmoil that closed 2017.
John Travolta has got the moves to ‘Grease’ 40 years on
That belt loop hip shake from 1978’s Grease has surely been replicated countless times in schools, dances, and in front of mirrors.
Wednesday marked 40 years since the film premiered in New York City, and John Travolta just so happened to be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, although to promote his upcoming film Gotti.
The shake, which Travolta calls the “four corners,” was introduced when Grease’s choreographer needed a step at the end of “You’re The One That I Want.”
Turns out Travolta still has some of those moves, by the way.
Alicia Silverstone explains why she has Donald Trump’s number in her phone
“Alicia Silverstone and Donald Trump exchanged numbers about 10 years ago. But, before you jump to conclusions, you need to hear the full account of what happened.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Clueless star said that she and Trump had a “date to talk about solar panels” and that his name and number are still in her phone to this very day.
So, what exactly happened? “I was on one of the other talk shows in the daytime talking about solar panels and silk milk… and he [Trump] said he was really interested and we exchanged numbers so that we could continue this conversation about solar panels,” she said. “So I met with him.”
Serena Williams ‘Wakanda-inspired Catsuit’ that makes her feel like a superhero
Serena Williams is already a superhero to each and every one of us. But, as it turns out, she also has a Black Panther-inspired catsuit which makes her feel like a “warrior princess”.
After Williams beat Kristya Pliskova at the French open at Stade Roland Garros, Paris on Tuesday, she spoke about the meaning behind her black bodysuit.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” she said following her victory on Tuesday, per the Guardian.
Williams just made her return to the sport nine months after the birth of her daughter. She suffered complications at the time of the birth due to a pulmonary embolism.
In addition to being a symbol of confidence and empowerment, the suit also reminds Williams of Black Panther.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” Williams said. “We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”
Not only that, Williams says when she dons her black bodysuit, she feels “like a warrior princess.”
“I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero,” she said.
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