Hoda Kotb named permanent co-host of 'Today'

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Surprisingly, their reported salaries are a whopping $18 million less than what former Today star Matt Lauer, 60, earned before his firing for allegations of sexual misconduct.

Now reports have revealed that Hoda is making no more than $7 million per year, a huge difference from Lauer's $25 million! Together, these two women (who are breaking a major glass ceiling on Today, mind you) barely make half of what Lauer did on his own.

"Hoda isn't complaining about the money", the source said.

The announcement of her appointment as Lauer's permanent replacement was made early Tuesday by Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News Group.

Kotb was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, and as well as suburban Washington (Alexandria, Virginia) She lived in New Orleans throughout the 1990s. Over time, that makes them more valuable and more hard to let go.

I (and I think I speak for women everywhere when I say this) doth protest against this nonsense.

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Newly minted "Today" co-anchor Hoda Kotb, who officially replaced Matt Lauer on Tuesday after filling-in for him after his firing on November 29, is speaking candidly about not making the same salary as her ousted predecessor.

Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Kotb and her family lived in Egypt for a year, as well as in Nigeria. NBC notes that she has also received a Gracie award and an Edward R. Murrow award during her time with the network.

In recent years, Kotb began joining Guthrie and Lauer at the anchor desk in the programme's second half-hour.

"The answer is no - that's not happening", Kotb told the publication when asked whether she will be bringing home Lauer money. "I wanted to feel good throughout", she explained.

All I know is, this pay gap is insulting to Kotb (and Guthrie!) and a bad look for Today.

A statement from Lauer was later read on The Today Show: 'There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. It had been put in her contract that she would get the title if the male host, Frank McGee, left the programme.