Hota Kotb achieves a huge milestone on 'Today' that most TV hosts can only dream about
Many people often say that they don’t notice how fast time passes by. Hoda Kotb, one of the co-anchors of the Today show, is certainly one of them.
Kotb and the rest of the crew – Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Carson Daly, and Megyn Kelly – were on the Today plaza for an outdoor segment on April 9, 2018, when Guthrie asked Kotb if she knew what happened on April 6.
According to Entertainment Daily, she seemed to be surprised. When Guthrie finally said that she had celebrated her 20th anniversary at NBC, Kotb walked backward with her eyes and mouth wide opened.
It didn’t end there as they showed the first ID badge of Kotb on the monitors. They said that she has not aged a day and then congratulated her for such a huge accomplishment.
Her first gig at NBC was in 1998 as a correspondent for the newsmagazine show Dateline. Ten years later, she joined the Today team as one of the co-hosts of the fourth hour of the show next to Kathie Lee Gifford.
After that, she used to join either Guthrie or Matt Lauer as the co-anchor of the first two hours of the show when any of them couldn’t be present.
When Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct by a member of NBC and executives made the decision of letting him go, Kotb was named the official co-anchor of the show. Now, she and Guthrie are the first female main duo in the history of the show.
Her 20 years working at NBC is not the only thing Kotb has reached. Last week, she and Gifford celebrated 10 years of hosting the fourth hour together. They confessed that it felt ‘surreal’ because ‘you forget’ all the things that have been done so far.
They added that they remember their first day out on the plaza and that it was so fun that they cannot stop laughing.