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12 January 2018, 08:29 | Regina Holmes
Here's How Hoda Kotb's 'Today' Show Salary Compares to Matt Lauer's
But in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that led to the ouster of Lauer, as well as of Charlie Rose at "CBS This Morning", network executives are rethinking the idea that their lucrative morning news shows need to be led by patriarchal "father" figures.
Still, Kotb, who officially scored the hosting gig alongside Guthrie on Tuesday, said she isn't paying any mind to money matters.
One source told Page Six that this really isn't a big deal because Lauer had seniority, hence the bigger payday. Lauer's astronomical salary also could reflect the 25 years he was on the show, the insider added.
Kotb has been filling in since Lauer was let go in November, and as a result, Today has been bringing in record ratings. Both women are certainly qualified: Guthrie has worked at NBC since 2007, and Kotb has been with the network since 1998.
Kotb herself has addressed the salary difference, admitting she is not even close to making the same amount as the former Today co-star.
"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made", Guthrie said on air Tuesday. Guthrie, who has been Lauer's co-host since 2012, has been making considerably less money than him this entire time.
Kotb will likewise keep on co have the show's fourth-hour space with Kathie Lee Gifford. According to the Daily Mail, she will continue in that slot, but will also co-anchor the first two hours that focus on the news. "I misunderstood. Have a great day", he wrote. Kotb is no rookie, and if the bulk of the argument about this egregious pay gap is about seniority and, implicitly, reporting experience, then Kotb matches Lauer pound for pound; she just hasn't had the kind of visibility Lauer has enjoyed over the years. I wondered if now would be the time to subvert the formula of "male host/female host" that every morning show has (as do most news shows in general) and *gasp* have two female hosts!
According to People, NBC executives offered the job to Kotb just before the holidays. News. 'And he said some nice words'. "He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true".
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