Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Hoda Kotb is replacing Matt Lauer as the co-anchor on NBC's Today it was announced Tuesday.
Kotb was unveiled as the new co-anchor and was seen sitting next to Savannah Guthrie to kick-off Tuesday's edition of the long-running morning news program.
"We are kicking off the year right because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of Today," Guthrie said as Kotb smiled.
"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made," Guthrie continued.
Kotb is the replacement for Lauer who was fired from NBC in November due to sexual misconduct allegations.