Hoda Kotb to Serve as 'Today' Show Co-Anchor for the 'Foreseeable Future'
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Looks like Hoda Kotb will be sitting in Matt Lauer's chair for a bit longer.
A source at NBC tells ET that Kotb "will be in the co-anchor chair for the foreseeable future," after Lauer was fired from the Today show last week for inappropriate sexual behavior.
Kotb was by Savannah Guthrie's side when she made the shocking announcement of Lauer's firing on air last Wednesday. Just days later, there were rumblings that Megyn Kelly, who invited the women accusing Lauer of sexual misconduct to her show, was being eyed as Lauer's permanent replacement, however, a source told ET at the time that Willie Geist was a more likely option. By Tuesday, ET had learned that Craig Melvin was also in the running.
As for the investigation into Lauer's alleged misconduct by NBCUniversal Legal and Human Resources, the review is still only in its early stages, according to the source. There have been approximately 60 meetings with various departments and divisions to share information and allow employees to ask questions about the situation.
This all comes just ahead of the holiday season and a second source tells ET that the Today show had a low-key holiday party at the Black Barn restaurant in New York City on Thursday, which was attended by Guthrie, Kotb, Megyn Kelly, Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Rocker. Guthrie and Today show executive producer Don Nash both made speeches thanking the staff.
An eyewitness at the party tells ET, “The mood was cheerful and fun. Everyone’s energy was upbeat and people were having a great time.”