Scandal-plagued TV host Matt Lauer reached out to Hoda Kotb to congratulate her after she was named his full-time replacement on the "Today" show.
"Sounds like you want a steak, not an anchor", Roker commented, quoting the tweet in question.
(As NBC itself pointed out, ABC was the first network to have two women anchor a morning show, with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts co-hosting Good Morning America from 2006-2009.) In addition to her new duties, Kotb will continue to host the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford.
And Kotb responded: "There's no one I'd rather be sitting next to in 2018 than you". Lauer - fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior" - had been the co-host of "TODAY" since 1997, when he first led the show alongside Katie Couric. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.
Mr. Lauer was sacked late past year for alleged sexual misconduct amid the national movement to address workplace harassment.
"We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of 'Today, '" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said during Tuesday's broadcast.
Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk - making this Today's first-ever all-female anchor team.
"I am pinching myself", she said.
"They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of TODAY", the email said, adding that Kotb was "remarkable". "I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Va, where my mom has likely fainted".
A day after he was sacked, the network said two more women had come forward.
Lauer's eventual replacement had always been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb's performance made it easier.
According to USA Today, "TODAY" got a ratings boost the month after Lauer was sacked.
Kotb won a Peabody award for her work with Dateline, and a Daytime Emmy award as part of the Today show.