NBC picks Hoda Kotb to replace Matt Lauer on ‘Today’

NBC on Tuesday confirmed Hoda Kotb, the interim “Today” co-host since Matt Lauer’s ouster amid sexual misconduct allegations, has been slated to permanently take over the position.

Co-host Savannah Guthrie was enthusiastic about the network’s choice.

“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made,” she said.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack praised Kotb’s ability to “seamlessly” take over for Lauer, describing an on-air chemistry with Guthrie that has resonated with the show’s audience.

“They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers — a hallmark of ‘Today,'” he said.

Kotb has shared hosting duties with Kathy Lee Gifford during the final hour of the popular morning show for nearly a decade.

She is expected to continue in that role while also hosting the 7-9 a.m. ET broadcast. Megyn Kelly will remain the host of the 9 a.m. hour, which she took over following her departure from the Fox News channel last year.