"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.
Kotb, 53, has hosted the "Kathie Lee & Hoda" segment of the "Today" show alongside Kathie Lee Gifford since 2008, and will continue to host that fourth-hour program in addition to her new gig.
"When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn't matter".
According to People, NBC News first presented the offer to Hoda Kotb before the holidays started, and it's obvious that she didn't take too long to offer a positive response.
Photo Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie in November.
"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", he stated.
Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk - making this Today's first-ever all-female anchor team.
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He is described as 44 years old, white, 6-feet 2, weighing 200 pounds, having hazel eyes, wearing glasses and having a beard. Home on Leslie Court in Round Rock where a woman was found dead and two girls were abducted on December 31, 2017.
"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", Lack said in a statement.
"I'm pinching myself", Kotb said after the program's opening".
Lauer's eventual replacement had always been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb's performance made it easier.
Kotb filled in for Lauer after he was sacked from NBC News at the end of November following "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace", the network said at the time. She joined the network in 1998, first as a correspondent on the "Dateline" newsmagazine.
"There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you", Kotb said, reaching out and briefly clasping hands with Guthrie.
Ben Bogardus, a journalism professor at Connecticut's Quinnipiac College, said Kotb's selection was a good one "because it reinforces the sense of a family coming together after a shared trauma".