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Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb, from left, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker appear during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The new year means a new job for Hoda Kotb, who on Tuesday was officially named the new co-anchor of the "Today" show on NBC alongside Savannah Guthrie.

Kotb's promotion follows Matt Lauer's firing amid sexual harassment allegations. He was ousted in November, which left a major opening for the morning program. 

Kotb had filled in temporarily until Tuesday's announcement made the move permanent.

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made," Guthrie said at the top of the broadcast.

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