Hoda named new co-anchor of "Today"

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Hoda Kotb has been named the new co-anchor for "Today."

The big announcement was made on Tuesday morning's episode.

The 53-year-old will join Savannah Guthrie in the anchor chair.

Kotb, who has been a regular fill-in anchor on the show, takes over for Matt Lauer who was dismissed from NBC News following allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I am pinching myself," Kotb said. "I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show."

Kotb has co-anchored the fourth hour of the show with Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008. NBC News chairman Andy Lack said she would continue in that role.

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