Hoda Kotb, named to replace the disgraced Matt Lauper as a “Today” show co-anchor, won’t be paid what the fired NBC veteran was getting. Not even close.
“While NBC wouldn’t discuss Kotb’s compensation, she’s expected to earn far less than Lauer’s annual salary of $20 million. Lauer’s high salary stemmed from his star presence and decades of service for the highly lucrative morning show,” said The Hollywood Reporter.
Closer to the “Today” studios at Rockefeller Center, the New York Post’s Page Six put Lauer’s salary at $25 million and Kotb’s new one at $7 million a year.
A “show insider” told Emily Smith of Page Six: “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.”
Kotb could ask for more in her next contract, the insider said, but added: “The figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.”
On social media, the pay gap exposed a divide on the issue, with some snark thrown in.
“First thing Hoda Kotb is going to do with her Today show salary is buy a vowel for her last name,” said comedian “Dan R.”