Matt Lauer Texts Hoda Kotb After She's Announced as His 'Today' Replacement

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According to a Page Six report, Kotb's salary is about $18 million less than Lauer's was. Lauer, who turned 60 on Saturday, had begun with "Today" as news anchor in 1994, and succeeded Bryant Gumbel as the show's co-anchor opposite Katie Couric in 1997.

Matt was reportedly making $25 million a year with his Today contract, which was renewed in 2016. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Lauer's astronomical salary also could reflect the 25 years he was on the show, the insider added.

One former NBC employee alleged he asked her back to his office, where he pressed a button and locked the door, a function, it's been claimed, many exec offices have.

Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News, issued a letter to the NBC staff stating that "Hoda is, in a word, remarkable".

Guthrie joined NBC News as a correspondent in 2007 and has been the co-anchor of Today since 2012.

Today famously documented Kotb's experience with breast cancer, and in the decade since her mastectomy, she has been an outspoken advocate for breast cancer prevention.

As fans may already be aware, it was announced on Tuesday that Hoda Kotb would officially replace Lauer, co-hosting alongside Savannah Guthrie. I don't think there's anyone who would be more thrilled than Matt to see Hoda in this role.

"Today" anchor Hoda Kotb tells People that she prioritizes being happy at work over salary. Hoda will continue co-hosting the fourth hour.

It is reported that she will make $7 million, which is the same as her new co-anchor Guthrie. "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you".

For those who enjoy the fun morning bicker between Hoda and Kathie Lee, do not fear.

NBC and a representative for Kotb did not return HuffPost's requests for comment.

Another claimed the host sent her a sex toy with an explicit message attached.

Lauer, 59, said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were "untrue or mischaracterized" but that "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".

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