“It's 2018, and we are kicking off the year right,” Savannah Guthrie announced on Today Tuesday morning. “Because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today.”
Hoda Kotb, who has long hosted the show's 10 A.M. slot opposite Kathie Lee Gifford, stepped into the early morning hour of Today after NBC News firedMatt Lauer following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. NBC News chairman Andy Lackmade the announcement of Kotb’s official promotion on Tuesday morning; as The Hollywood Reporter confirms, Kotb will continue to host her traditional late morning hour with Gifford in addition to her new spot in the co-anchor seat.
“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled,” Guthrie said Tuesday morning as she and Kotb made the announcement on Today. Kotb said she was pinching herself, adding, “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted.”
The two appear to be genuinely excited about their new arrangement, and as has been proven in the weeks following Lauer’s dismissal, their warm chemistry seems made for morning TV. Like the CBS This Morning team of Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, the duo of Guthrie and Kotb handled the Lauer fallout with both candor and poise—and both teams have been rewarded in the ratings, which have held steady or even risen despite the exit of two TV juggernauts over sexual misconduct allegations.
“It's so exciting,” Guthrie said as she and Kotb wrapped up their announcement. “Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister, and I am so happy to be doing this.” Kotb’s reply? “There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you.”
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Westworld (Season 2)
HBO is once again hoping you’ll ignore the big Game of Thrones-shaped hole in its schedule and turn your attention back to the sci-fi mind game that is Westworld. The Emmy-nominated series, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, is ready to confound you once again in its second season. Until its spring 2018 premiere, take a trip back in time and revisit nine burning questions we still have about the finale.Photo: By John P. Johnson/HBO.
Yara Shahidi takes the lead in this youthful Black-ish spin-off set to air on Freeform starting Jan. 3, 2018. In this series, Zoey is finally off to college, stumbling through cringeworthy rites of passage like embarrassing herself at a frat party and hiding secrets from her parents.Photo: By Eric Liebowitz/Freeform.
Every superhero you love is coming out with a new movie in 2018. In no particular order, get ready for a bounty that includes: Black Panther,Avengers: Infinity War,Deadpool 2,The New Mutants,X-Men: Dark Phoenix,Ant-Man and the Wasp,Venom, and Aquaman.Photo: By Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Everett Collection.
The Winter Olympics
’Tis the season to watch a bunch of perfect human specimens fight for tiny gold medallions. This year’s Winter Olympics will kick off on Feb. 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Photo: By Julian Finney/Getty Images.
After breaking out on Master of None and winning a historic Emmy for one of this year’s best TV episodes, Lena Waithe is ready to claim her spot in the prestige-TV realm. Enter The Chi, her Showtime series about young people coming of age in Chicago, set to premiere on Jan. 7.Photo: By Matt Dinerstein/SHOWTIME.
A Wrinkle in Time
The classic Madeleine L’Engle tale is finally coming to the big screen on March 9, 2018, thanks to Disney and director Ava DuVernay. The sci-fi story about a girl tesseracting her way through time to find her missing father will star newcomer Storm Reid alongside stars like Oprah Winfrey,Mindy Kaling,Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.Photo: By Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
After some catastrophic ups and downs, Han Solo’s origin story will finally be revealed to us on May 25, 2018. The Star Wars spin-off stars Alden Ehrenreich as the galactic smuggler and also features Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke playing a mysterious character named Kira.Photo: From Lucasfilm Ltd./Everett Collection.PreviousNext
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