If you didn’t look at the little words on that cover, you might think that Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb found mid-life lesbian love with each other, left their men and announced their gayelle union with a head-to-head pose on the cover of People! But Savannah and Hoda are now a different kind of partners. Hoda announced on Today and People this morning that she will permanently co-anchor the show with Savannah. Hoda is now the unofficial Queen of Today, because she’ll also keep continuing to host the “Happy Hour” of Today (aka the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford). So the final hour of Today won’t be KLG singing show tunes and Jesus songs with a half-empty bottle of Pinot in the stool next to her.
Right after NBC News fired Matt Lauer for being the smug-faced rotten rutabaga creep we all assumed him to be, Hoda filled in as the powers-that-be at Today decided on a permanent replacement. There were rumors that Craig Melvin, Carson Daly, Willie Geist and morning show ratings sinker Megyn Kelly were in the running for Matt’s spot. Carson Daly would’ve been an awful choice, but I was half-hoping he would get the job. And just because it’d make Caron’s rival Ryan Seacrest violently fart out a river of rage from his freshly waxed and bleached troll hole. But the job went to Hoda, because who else, really? Hoda is like fried dough, everyone loves her, and it’s also a good damage control move for NBC News to hire a woman to replace Matt since they probably knew about him terrorizing the lady employees of Today for years.
Hoda has been with NBC News since 1998. Savannah and Hoda will be the first all-female anchor duo of Today, but they’re not the first in morning show history. That title goes to Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts who co-anchored Good Morning America together from 2006 to 2009.
While wearing a dress that Mary Richards would wear to an Easter party, Savannah announced the news with her new co-anchor by her side:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 2, 2018
I wonder if Hoda is going to get Matt Lauer’s office too? You know the one with the desk button that locks the door (which apparently is a feature that are in several offices at NBC News). If she does get that office and presses that button while an employee is in there with her, it won’t be because she wants to try to hump them. Hoda Woman will press it because she wants to keep KLG from barging in to do Moscato shots.