"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.
Savannah Guthrie, the show's other anchor, announced the news of Ms. Kotb's appointment during Tuesday's broadcast. And while her co-anchor chemistry with Guthrie remains to be seen, the charismatic Kotb arrives without a whiff of scandal and boosts the Today anchor desk to a double dose of femininity.
That makes them the first female team to lead the show ever - and just the second all-female team to ever headline a morning TV show since Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts did it for ABC News in 2006 to 2009, "TODAY" wrote. She also hosts "The Hoda Show" on SiriusXM radio.
Speaking to PEOPLE about that day now, Guthrie said she and Kotb "were in it together" and added, "We are family, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer".More news: Wind chills dip below zero in Central NY; advisory issued
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Kotb replied, "I'm pinching myself!"
In a Tuesday email to staff, Lack said that Kotb over the last several weeks has "seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running". "I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show".
The addition marks the first time a pair of women will be anchoring the program, according to NBC News. She's subbed for Lauer since the day he was sacked and Today has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.
"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", Lack said in a statement. The timing is important for NBC, because Today will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics.