Hoda Kotb Joins Savannah Guthrie as Co-Anchor of NBC News' TODAY

Hoda Kotb Joins Savannah Guthrie as Co-Anchor of NBC News' TODAY

Hoda Kotb Joins Savannah Guthrie as Co-Anchor of NBC News' TODAY

It was really a no-brainer to hire Kotb as Lauer's replacement. Guthrie, according to Bustle, makes the same as Kotb: $7 million a year. Those two together are low-key brilliant, if you consider them a comedy act.

"Hoda isn't complaining about the money", the source said.

"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", NBC News Chairman Andy Lack wrote in a memo sent to the staff before the start of Tuesday's programme. Megyn Kelly is believed to have negotiated a salary of at least $17 million from NBC News, which snared her when her contract at Fox News Channel ended past year. The woman said she kept quiet about the accusation as she was afraid for her job. Over time, that makes them more valuable and more hard to let go. So, it's harder for women to build up the track record at any one company to be able to negotiate higher and higher salaries.

Egyptian-American television host Hoda Kotb was named, on Tuesday, co-anchor of NBC's Today show alongside anchor Savannah Guthrie replacing former co-host Matt Lauer.

Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria.

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Hoda Kotb may have made history by landing the prize network morning news job long held by the once powerful Matt Lauer - but she'll be earning $18 million less per year than her disgraced male predecessor. She joined the network in 1998, first as a correspondent on the "Dateline" newsmagazine.

Kotb was assigned to host with Guthrie on the morning that Lauer's firing was announced.

"The beauty of getting up in the middle of the night [to go to work] is, on most days you're home in the middle of the afternoon", Guthrie told PEOPLE. I wanted to feel good throughout.

All I know is, this pay gap is insulting to Kotb (and Guthrie!) and a bad look for Today. Obviously, not all of Kotb's white counterparts are making more than she is, but it's telling that when attracting Megyn Kelly, NBC was willing to throw a bunch of money at her. Hopefully, this mess gets fixed before either woman decides whether to "re-up" her contract.

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