Hoda Kotb's only earning a quarter of Matt Lauer's salary

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NBC feared the station's cash cow show would lose viewership and ratings but, instead, became more profitable in the post-Lauer months with Kotb as the temporary co-host.

When NBC fired Matt Lauer in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations, they replaced the long-time Today host with his very qualified former colleague, Hoda Kotb.

Matt was reportedly making $25 million a year with his Today contract, which was renewed in 2016.

An insider said that Kotb "isn't complaining about the money" because she's landed the job she always dreamed of. It's a big gap between the $25 million per year salary Lauer earned in the same position over his 25 years at NBC. Over time, that makes them more valuable and more hard to let go. The announcement was made by Andy Lack, Chairman, NBC News Group. NBC notes that she has also received a Gracie award and an Edward R. Murrow award during her time with the network.

Kotb lived in Egypt for a year and she is also of Coptic ancestry, both from Lower and Upper Egypt.

Kotb's responsibilities will take up more of her time, as she will start hosting "Today" from 7 to 9 a.m. before continuing to host with Kathie Lee Gifford again at 10 a.m. Kotb, 53, has been co-hosting with Gifford since 2008.

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As fans may already be aware, it was announced on Tuesday that Hoda Kotb would officially replace Lauer, co-hosting alongside Savannah Guthrie.

"The answer is no - that's not happening", Kotb told the publication when asked whether she will be bringing home Lauer money.

Prior to this promotion, Kotb co-hosted the fourth hour of the show alongside Kathy Lee Gifford.

"You are a partner and a friend and a sister and I am so happy to be doing this", Guthrie said to her colleague.

A representative for the "Today Show" declined to comment to Page Six on anchor contracts. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you". Anchors and hosts need to prove staying power and show they are a ratings draw. News earlier today. "And he said some nice words..." I needed to feel great all through.

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