Scandal-plagued TV host Matt Lauer reached out to Hoda Kotb to congratulate her after she was named his full-time substitute on the “At present” present.
“He texted me and he stated congratulations and a few very nice phrases, and it meant the world once I noticed the textual content pop up,” Kotb instructed Leisure Tonight. “My coronary heart simply went like, you already know, it meant the world to see that.”
NBC introduced Tuesday that Kotb will take over as Savannah Guthrie’s co-host on the weekday program — somewhat over a month after Lauer was fired by the community following an allegation of inappropriate sexual habits.
A number of ladies have since come ahead to accuse Lauer of sexual misconduct as nicely.
Kotb, 53, has hosted the “Kathie Lee & Hoda” phase of the “At present” present alongside Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, and can proceed to host that fourth-hour program along with her new gig. She has labored as a fill-in host in the course of the earlier hours of the “At present” present previously, together with on reveals since Lauer was terminated.
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Lauer, 59, stated he feels “ashamed” for his undisclosed previous habits in an announcement launched a day after his late November ousting, however contends among the allegations in opposition to him are inaccurate. That assertion represents the one public remark he is made since his firing.
Kotb, who was joined by Guthrie for her interview with ET, instructed the leisure outlet she’s been in contact with Lauer because the community minimize ties.
“You understand, Matt is our good pal and continues to be, and I believe for each of us, we have simply been making an attempt to navigate this time and honor our love and friendship with Matt, but additionally perceive and attempt to study extra about these circumstances,” Kotb stated.
“So, it is sophisticated if you find yourself stunned by revelations, however you continue to care deeply for anyone who’s a pal.”