The people have spoken, and NBC has listened.
On Tuesday Hoda Kotb was officially named the new permanent co-anchor of Today, a very welcome addition as a leading voice on the overall morning show landscape. (And this does not mean there's an empty glass next to Kathie Lee GiffordKotb says she'll continue to co-host the fourth hour of Today as well.)
Her easy chemistry with now veteran co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and overall popularity with fans made Kotb seem like the obvious choice for the role from the start (in November, when the position suddenly, shockingly became available), but until the announcements have been made, you never really know how these things are going to play out. After all, it's still considered a daring move, even in this day and age, to put two women at the helm of a broadcasting behemoth like Today, which has been on the air for 65 years and is NBC News' biggest moneymaker.