Hoda Kotb’s New Today Salary Might Shock You — & Not in a Good Way


It’s been a whirlwind type of week for Hoda Kotb and the remainder of the Today crew. If you will recall, it was introduced earlier within the first week of January 2018 that Kotb can be taking up Matt Lauer’s spot subsequent to Savannah Guthrie through the first hour of Today. This was definitely thrilling information, not solely as a result of the teaming of Kotb and Guthrie can be the primary time 2 feminine coanchors have cohosted the Today information hour, but additionally as a result of Kotb (a seasoned journalist) was a worthy successor within the wake of Lauer’s severe fall from grace.

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Now, it looks like that happiness is short-lived. On Wednesday, the complete world discovered simply how a lot Kotb, who has been with Today occurring 11 years, would make in her new function versus her predecessor. According to Page Six, Kotb will solely make $7 million a 12 months on Today per the brand new contract she has labored up together with her employers. By itself, that is an astonishing sum of money. However, whenever you be taught that on the time Lauer was proven the door at NBC, he was making $25 million a 12 months, you would possibly go from astonished to irked actually rapidly.

Since Lauer did occupy Today coanchor chair for over 20 years, seniority might be an element right here, nevertheless it’s frankly unacceptable that Kotb’s wage comes nowhere inside spitting distance of Lauer’s exorbitant wage. As 1 Twitter consumer identified on Wednesday afternoon, should you do the maths, Kotb is making 28 % of Lauer’s previous wage. 28. Per. Cent.

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To add insult to harm, the next math-based information will solely make you angrier and angrier. Guthrie, based on Bustle, makes the identical as Kotb: $7 million a 12 months. Together, these 2 girls (who’re breaking a serious glass ceiling on Today, thoughts you) barely make half of of what Lauer did on his personal. What a bunch of malarkey.

One supply informed Page Six that this actually is not a giant deal as a result of Lauer had seniority, therefore the larger payday. “Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Plus, Matt’s salary reflected the long time he was on the show — 25 years. If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract. But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.”

Oh, she will be able to “re-up” if issues go properly? How cute.

I (and I believe I converse for girls in every single place after I say this) doth protest in opposition to this nonsense. Kotb is a professional in her area. She has a Daytime Emmy for her work on Today. She is a correspondent on Dateline NBC. She’s been working as a reporter and anchor for the reason that early ’90s, and regardless of the fluffy 10 o’clock hour she co-hosts with Kathie Lee Gifford, can be skilled in protecting robust matters. Kotb isn’t any rookie, and if the majority of the argument about this egregious pay hole is about seniority and, implicitly, reporting expertise, then Kotb matches Lauer pound for pound; she simply hasn’t had the type of visibility Lauer has loved over time. Big whoop.

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Kotb’s present and solely feedback on the matter got to People, the place she did affirm she’s “not making Matt Lauer money.” Well, she softens the remark by saying she chooses jobs primarily based on what they’re like versus what they pay, so that is about doing what she loves, however yeah, the writing is on the wall in regards to the inequality right here.

“I believe the entire cash factor for me, I’ve at all times been type of — I do know it sounds ridiculous that I’m going to say this, however I actually have carried out jobs I favored for the job I favored as a result of I by no means wished to be glad each different Friday on pay day. Like, I didn’t need that to be the glad day. I wished to really feel good all through. So no, I’m not making Matt Lauer cash. Not even shut,” she stated.

All I do know is, this pay hole is insulting to Kotb (and Guthrie!) and a nasty search for Today. Hopefully, this mess will get mounted earlier than both girl decides whether or not to “re-up” her contract.


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