Culture&Arts

Hoda Kotb is making way less than Matt Lauer - here's why

Hoda Kotb is making way less than Matt Lauer - here's why

Hoda Kotb may have made history by landing the prize network morning news job long held by the once powerful Matt Lauer - but she'll be earning $18 million less per year than her disgraced male predecessor.

In the site code, meanwhile, NBC opted to remove all of the host names from the Open Graph description tag after forgetting to remove Lauer's name initially - and has not, as of this writing, added any names back, including Kotb's.

NBC will give both Kotb and her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie significantly lower salaries than that of the recently fired Lauer, the veteran journalists revealed to People. In an internal email announcing Kotb's co-anchor role Tuesday, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said Kotb and Guthrie have an "undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers".

Before he was sacked in November over accusations of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace", Lauer was regarded as perhaps the biggest star at NBC News and was compensated for that distinction, reportedly earning $25 million a year. Plus, Matt's salary reflected the long time he was on the show - 25 years. "But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News". In fact, she's actually doing more, since she will continue to host her traditional Today hour with Kathie Lee Gifford even as she takes over the main Today desk.

NARCH  NARCH30
Matt Lauer was fired in late November amid claims of sexual harassment

In co-hosting with Guthrie, Kotb also is making history by being part of the show's first-ever all-female fronted lineup.

After Lauer was sacked from the Today anchor desk back in November for sexual misconduct, Hoda Kotb took over for him as his temporary replacement.

A "Today" rep told Page Six that NBC doesn't comment on talent contracts. And as Variety's Brian Steinberg notes, Lauer had been renegotiating his contract every few years-so it's not hard to imagine how he got to such a high number. Her arrival at NBC hasn't been a monster success; it's been marked by several guest controversies and struggling ratings.

Kotb now appears a couple of times in many of these banners, appearing with Gifford as well. Kotb may eventually decide to leave that gig.

More news: Bluefin tuna sells for $320000 at New Year auction in Tokyo


  • Fog delays flights, trains in Delhi

    Fog delays flights, trains in Delhi

    Indian Railways may soon introduce an "anti-fog" device to track railway signals and situation on tracks in North India. The minimum temperature was recorded at 5 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, the Met said.
    Police searching for two missing girls after mother's 'suspicious' death

    Police searching for two missing girls after mother's 'suspicious' death

    David's Round Rock Medical Center said in a statement Tuesday that Bates worked as a patient care technician at the hospital. Police Chief Allen Banks said during a press conference on Monday that they don't believe the kids are with Miles willingly.
    Try face yoga and look three years younger

    Try face yoga and look three years younger

    The Happy Cheeks Sculpting is another, involving smiling with your lips pursed together in order to lift the cheek muscles. Following the completion of the research , doctors created before and after images and estimated their ages.
  • Karni Sena continues to demand ban on Padmavati despite clearance by CBFC

    Karni Sena continues to demand ban on Padmavati despite clearance by CBFC

    For the past few months, there have been many reports speculating the release date of the periodic drama. A source close to the development has revealed, " Pari is a small but concept-driven film".
    Instagram and WhatsApp brewing new 'stories' feature together

    Instagram and WhatsApp brewing new 'stories' feature together

    You may soon be able to publish your Instagram stories as WhatsApp status, a new report from TechCrunch suggests. Just like Instagram Stories, WhatsApp Status will also disappear 24 hours after it was shared on the platform.
    11-year-old girl hit, killed by train in Haines City

    11-year-old girl hit, killed by train in Haines City

    The conductor told investigators that he blew the horn repeatedly and tried to stop the train, applying the brakes. Grief counseling is available to staff and students affected by Yazmin's death, including her family.
  • Alabama Linebacker, Anfernee Jennings Out for National Championship

    Alabama Linebacker, Anfernee Jennings Out for National Championship

    In 11 games this season, Jennings tallied 41 tackles, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Jennings was a big part of Alabama being able to hold Clemson to 1.9 rushing yards per carry.
    Cuomo Plans to Sue US Government Over State Tax Break Change

    Cuomo Plans to Sue US Government Over State Tax Break Change

    Specifically, Cuomo is anxious about the $10,000 cap to State and Local Tax deductions, which he says attacks states like NY . NY faces a $4 billion deficit, and this year's agenda from Cuomo was relatively light on expensive, ambitious programs.
    Baltimore Schools Close After Unheated Classrooms Hit 40 Degrees

    Baltimore Schools Close After Unheated Classrooms Hit 40 Degrees

    A city schools spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment on the campaign. On Wednesday, approximately 60 schools, one-third of the school system, reported heating issues.
  • BSF Jawan killed in Pak. sniper fire

    BSF Jawan killed in Pak. sniper fire

    A senior BSF officer said Pakistan started the unprovoked fire with small arms, which later was accompanied with mortar shellings. An Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera's Rumli Dara area on December 31.
    What Is Bombogenesis and How Does a 'Bomb Cyclone' Become So Dangerous?

    What Is Bombogenesis and How Does a 'Bomb Cyclone' Become So Dangerous?

    The storm was dropping inches of snow in SC , as well, as it moved up the coast first to the mid-Atlantic and then to New England. Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights as an intense winter storm swept along the East Coast Thursday .
    Yemen Rebels Say They Fired Missile at Saudi Military Camp

    Yemen Rebels Say They Fired Missile at Saudi Military Camp

    More than 8,750 people have been killed since the coalition's intervention in Yemen, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier in November, Yemen's Houthi rebels launched a missile targetting King Khalid International Airport.