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.
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.
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