Hoda Kotb Salary: 'Today' Host To Make $18M Less Than Matt Lauer

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She's been working as a reporter and anchor since the early '90s, and despite the fluffy 10 o'clock hour she co-hosts with Kathie Lee Gifford, is also experienced in covering tough topics.

And so is Savannah Guthrie, for the record. In this case, people are shocked by what NBCUniversal may or may not be paying Hoda Kotb, the newly-christened co-anchor of "Today" (and, coincidentally, Lauer's replacement). Numerous show's viewers found the moment cringe-worthy when Kotb referred to the text she had received from show's former host. Over time, that makes them more valuable and more hard to let go. The Daily Mail notes that "GMA typically wins in total viewers while Today has a hold on viewers ages 25-54, which is more important to advertisers".

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Hoda Kotb is the new co-anchor of the Today show, marking the first time both of the show's anchors are women, but her salary is reportedly much less than her predecessor's.

Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, 46, also told People she earns less than Lauer's reported salary. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you", Kotb said.

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Other candidates that were considered for Matt Lauer's role are reportedly disappointed, but given the understandable anti-men sentiment now active at the NBC network, it is anticipated that Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams and Carson Daly will recover.

Or it could reflect the huge wage disparity at NBC News, the insider conceded. Megyn Kelly is believed to have negotiated a salary of at least $17 million from NBC News, which snared her when her contract at Fox News Channel ended a year ago. Like, I didn't want that to be the happy day.

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Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a "Dateline NBC" correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. "He said some nice words", she said on air.

The morning news show announced Kotb's new role on Tuesday morning.

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She says she blacked out and later woke on the floor with Lauer asking for her to be taken to the nurse. "I wanted to feel good throughout", she explained.

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