Hoda Kotb was named the new co-anchor of the Today show on Tuesday morning, replacing Matt Lauer after he was fired in November for inappropriate sexual behavior. More importantly than replacing news-making creep Lauer, Kotb cohosting with Savannah Guthrie means this will be the first time the Today show has had a female cohost duo

Guthrie told viewers: “This has to be the most popular decision that NBC News has ever made.” In the words of GQ writer Caity Weaver, “I freakin love my girls!!!!!”

This is an especially great announcement to kick off 2018 because as we learned last year: girls rule, boys drool. Lauer was fired after a female colleague issued an official complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Kotb has been a longtime NBC News employee, joining the network in 1998 as a correspondent for Dateline and, most recently, hosting the 10 a.m. hour of the Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb will continue to co-host the 10 a.m. hour, in addition to adding the 7 and 8 a.m. hours to her schedule.

“I am pinching myself,” Kotb told viewers. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted after hearing the open of that show.”

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