As most of us returned to the routine and waking up early and getting ready for work, we were given a wonderful surprise by the Today show:
Hota Kotb is officially replacing Matt Lauer as a permanent co-anchor.
On Tuesday morning, current Today co-host Savannah Guthrie joyfully made the announcement.
Kotb has been with NBC News since 1998, according to CNN. After Matt Lauer was fired from his post in November following several allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, Kotb stepped as a temporary replacement.
When Guthrie announced Kotb would be a permanent co-host, she said 'This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made'
News of Kotb's new position was met by congratulatory remarks
Kotb even sent out a cheerful photo of herself and Guthrie, who were all smiles at the Today desk
Although Kotb will be seen at an earlier time, she will still join Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 a.m. (at least for now)
In addition to hosting the morning show with Guthrie from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Kotb will remain on the 10 a.m. hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.
Pulling double shifts at NBC News means Kotb better walk in the doors like...