Back in November of 2017, Today co-host Matt Lauer was fired due to sexual misconduct. It was one of the biggest bombshells dropped in last year's great reckoning of creepy men. (Boy, doesn't it feel great to refer to 2017 as last year?)
After Lauer was fired, fans of the Today show were left wondering who was going to replace him. On January 2, 2018, they finally got their answer as Savannah Guthrie welcomed her new co-host to the show.
As more information came out about Matt Lauer, his firing made more and more sense.
via: GettyLauer had a long history of behaving inappropriately — particularly toward women. He once sent one of his female coworkers a sex toy and then told her that he wanted to use it on her. This in addition to regularly making inappropriate remarks about what women on the show were wearing.
He even had a secret button installed under the desk in his office.
via: GettyApparently, the button allowed him to close and lock his doors without having to get up from his seat. All in all, pretty creepy stuff. Suffice it to say, we were not sad to see him go.
Lauer had co-hosted the Today show for nearly 20 years. Naturally, there were a lot of reactions to the news that he had spent those decades harassing the women around him.
Well, $25 million is freed up for The Today Show. Who’s going to replace Matt Lauer. Somewhere, Ann Curry is saying… https://t.co/apdO9hpWQD— Tracy “Who you associate matters” Tran (@Tracy “Who you associate matters” Tran)1511960677.0
Who was going to replace Lauer?Savannah Guthrie, who had been Lauer's co-host for years — obviously does a great job every morning, but she needed a permanent co-host. Past Today hosts include Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, and Meredith Vieira. People immediately started wondering who would become the new co-host of the show.
Some even pointed out how great it'd be to have two women hosting the show.
So who's going to replace Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, etc?? I'm available. And plenty more WOMEN like m… https://t.co/uKKHdURVMf— Joyce Kulhawik (@Joyce Kulhawik)1513362266.0
It's Hoda Kotb!
.@SavannahGuthrie announces @HodaKotb will be co-anchor of TODAY. #SavannahHodaTODAY https://t.co/B64n2FmCwq— TODAY (@TODAY)1514894749.0
"Well, there's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you," Kotb replied.
Whaaaaaatttttttt! #SavannahHodaTODAY https://t.co/qX53MUHxcj— Hoda Kotb (@Hoda Kotb)1514893833.0
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.
First female co-anchors of a major morning show! Good way to start 2018. #SavannahHodaTODAY https://t.co/RRWup9Cekp— Adrienne M. Penta (@Adrienne M. Penta)1514896105.0