After NBC announced the permanent replacement of Matt Lauer by Hoda Kotb as co-anchor for Today, the 53-year-old veteran journalist said that she will not earn the same salary as Matt, multiple sources have confirmed.
I really have done jobs I liked for the job I liked because I never wanted to be happy every other Friday on pay day. Like, I didn't want that to be the happy day. I wanted to feel good throughout. So no, I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close.
Hoda's remarks fueled questions about an alleged pay gap at NBC. According to Page Six, Hoda will make $7 million, which is the same figure her co-host, Savannah Guthrie. Matt, who has worked on the program for about 25 years before he was fired in November, made $25 million per year.
News Anchor Hoda Kotb on New 'Today' Position: 'I'm Not Making Matt Lauer Money'
Megyn Kelly, who presents her own NBC morning show, reportedly makes $20 million. A representative for Today told the publication that the organization does not comment on talent contracts.
Matt was abruptly fired from NBC in November for his alleged sexual misconduct, after which Matt's wife Annette Roque reportedly left home, in the workplace. Hoda has been filling in for him on the morning program in the interim.