It's Hoda Kotb!
Tuesday’s Today show opened with Savannah Guthrie announcing that Hoda Kotb was officially the co-anchor of the show.
“This has to be the most popular decision NBC has ever made, and I am so thrilled!” Guthrie said. “Hoda, you are a partner, and a friend, and a sister, and I am so happy to be doing this.”
"Well, there's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you," Kotb replied.
Hooray for Hoda! Hooray for women!
Hooray for 2018, which hopefully, maybe, just maybe won’t be quite as awful as last year.
After spending the last few months getting toxic men out of positions of power, it is so refreshing to see women reclaim those spaces and totally rock their roles.
Who knows? Maybe 2018 will be a banner year for women everywhere. We’d love to see more women news anchors, CEOs, entrepreneurs — you name it.
There’s a whole new generation of women who will grow up watching two women discuss the morning headlines on the Today show, and that’s pretty dang awesome.
This is the second huge change in Kotb's life over the past year. In March of 2017, she adopted her daughter Haley Joy.
“It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all,” she said about becoming a mother. “But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”
“I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ ” she says with a laugh. “But it feels totally real. I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.”
On Tuesday, her first official day as Today show co-host, Kotb posted the following inspirational message on Instagram:
“You don’t have to move mountains. Simply fall in love with life,” the quote reads. “Be a tornado of happiness, gratitude, and acceptance. You will change the world just by being a warm, kind-hearted human being.”
We couldn’t be more thrilled for Kotb’s new role. We look forward to seeing her and Guthrie shine on television every morning.