"We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of 'Today, '" Ms. Guthrie said, sitting next to Ms. Kotb.
Kotb, in turn, joked that "we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the opening of that show". Megyn Kelly hosts the show's third hour.
"Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running", NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday.
Hoda Kotb, who took some time off in 2017 to welcome her adopted daughter Hayley Lee, first joined NBC News back in 1998 as a Dateline correspondent, having built a career as one of New Orleans' most recognizable anchors and reporters.
"I think they looked at it and said, 'Why would you change this?" And considering Today's ratings have been rising in the month after Lauer's exit, it probably wasn't hard to come to the decision that Kotb was an easy choice for the long haul.
Lauer responded the day after he was terminated by sharing his own statement, which said, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions".
Triple Murder Suspect Arrested In Tennessee
Officers were called to a home in the 3900 block of N. 37th Street shortly before 8 p.m.to investigate a shooting Tuesday. Police are searching for a convicted killer they believe shot and killed three people in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday evening.
Bitter cold and below zero wind chills to end 2017
That'll be short lived, however, because Wednesday another push of cold air moves in sending us close to double digits below zero. Expect wind chills to range from 5 below zero to 10 below zero tonight and 10 below zero to near 20 below zero Sunday night.
Power Outage Hits Disneyland, Riders Stranded
Teams were working to restore the power as quickly as possible but the company wasn't sure when that would happen. The power outage halted about a dozen rides located in those areas, according to a Disneyland spokesperson.
LG 88-inch 8K OLED TV is ready for CES 2018
At $20,000, the company's 77-inch 4K product is already beyond what most consumers would be willing to pay for. The 88-in surpasses the current largest OLED screen by 11-in and massively ups its resolution to 7680 x 4320.
Putin says St. Petersburg explosion was terror attack
Earlier this month, security forces arrested seven suspected members of an Islamic State (IS) sleeper cell in St. The shrapnel that was part of the explosive device proved the explosion "was a terror attack anyway".