"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.
Interestingly, Hoda Kotb's new position as co-anchor will not immediately take her away from the 10:00 a.m. hour, where she sits alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. "This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made".
It's certainly a sage one in the midst of the #MeToo movement, when replacing allegedly predatory men with qualified women is becoming something of a trend (see also: Robin Wright ascending to the sole star of House of Cards following sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey; Christiane Amanpour, at least temporarily, taking over Charlie Rose's vacant timeslot on PBS).
Kotb has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1986, when she started her career as a news assistant in Egypt for CBS News, according to Variety. "Let's give her a round of applause", Guthrie said, grinning.
In a statement to staff, NBC News chair Andy Lack said, "Over the past several weeks, Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running".
The appointment is the first time that two women will be the program's official main hosts; "Today" has an overwhelmingly female audience and is the network's most profitable franchise.
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".
"I'm pinching myself", Kotb responded.
"He texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up", Kotb told Entertainment Tonight.
Ratings could explain the decision to keep Kotb as a host of the show. She has been one of the show's most valued employees, getting promoted to third co-anchor in March of 2017, making her an obvious choice when NBC News needed an immediate fill-in after Matt Lauer got fired. "This is working, it feels good, '" she said.