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Hoda Kotb Proves She Is National Treasure While Discussing Her First On-Air Experience & Finding Success With Savannah Guthrie After Matt Lauer Departure!

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Hoda Kotb has come a long way — and we couldn't be happier for her!

While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, the 53-year-old sat alongside her new cohost, Savannah Guthrie, while discussing finding success after Matt Lauer's departure from the Today show. Plus, she shared her HILARIOUS story about her first on-air experience on local news.

Let's start with the goodies.

When the late night host asked about Hoda's humble beginnings as a TV journalist, she remembered being so nervous when she had to fill in for the station's lead news anchor at the time, Ann Martin, who she described as a legend at the station.

Related: Matt Lauer Is STILL Sending Today Producers Feedback

The NBC personality recalled:

"I still remember the prompter: ‘Good evening. I'm Hoda Kotb, Ann Martin is off.' I remember being so nervous, and the guy cued me…I looked at the prompter and said: ‘Good evening. I'm Ann Martin, filling in for Hoda Kotb.'"

LOLz! What a gem.

Then, when discussing Kotb's promotion to full-time co-anchor on the popular morning show, the new mom said of her instant connection with Guthrie:

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NBC Salaries Revealed! Hoda Kotb Will Make Less Than A THIRD Of What Matt Lauer Did!

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On Tuesday, NBC announced the replacement for disgraced Today anchor Matt Lauer would be their own Hoda Kotb.

The in-house promotion was mostly praised — with a few exceptions — as well-deserved for the newswoman and functional fourth hour day-drinker.

But will her salary reflect how viewers feel??

Related: Did Jason Kennedy Really Make TWICE As Much As Catt Sadler??

According to Page Six sources, Hoda will be paid $7 million a year for the new position, a hefty sum — but not so much when compared to Lauer's astronomical $25 million!

Why such a gap?

Lauer's salary had

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Al Roker Brilliantly Shades Hater's Negative Tweet About Hoda Kotb's Today Show Promotion!

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Don't come at the Today show family in 2018 without expecting some blistering blowback!

Al Roker took to Twitter on Tuesday to obliterate a commenter who was unimpressed with Hoda Kotb's new role as the morning show's permanent coanchor.

As we reported, NBC made the decision to promote Kotb to full time anchor alongside Savannah Guthrie this week, officially replacing network ladies man, Matt Lauer.

Related: Savannah & Hoda Reflect On Learning About Matt's Scandal!

The 53-year-old host received lots of love from viewers following the announcement — but, as we know, Twitter love doesn't come without a few haters!

Thankfully, the Today show fam is being guarded by a fierce protector, one who can use the power of the winds to blow Twitics back to the crypts of the internet they crept out of.

When a commenter tweeted that she would have prefered a "seasoned man" over Kotb, Roker shadily replied:

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Matt Lauer Is Surprisingly Supportive Of Hoda Kotb Amid Major Today Promotion!

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Matt Lauer has officially supported NBC News' decision to tap Hoda Kotb as his permanent replacement.

Well, it's the least he could do after he inflicted scandal onto the whole Today family with his controversial ousting. You know we're right.

Related: Savannah & Hoda Reflect Matt Lauer's Firing!

In case you forgot, following Matt's firing for "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace, Kotb was pulled from the 10 o'clock hour in order to create a temporary fix. But the position is no longer a temporary one, as the seasoned TV personality will join Savannah Guthrie permanently at 7 a.m. from now on. (Don't worry, Hoda will still be sippin' wine with Kathie Lee Gifford later in the day.)

In regards to how Lauer reacted to Hoda's promotion, the 53-year-old spilled to E! News:

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New Today Duo Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb Reflect On The Morning They Learned The Disturbing News About Matt Lauer!

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What a big day for Hoda Kotb!

As we reported, the TV journalist has officially replaced Matt Lauer as the co-anchor of Today alongside Savannah Guthrie — and we're so excited for this decision! Not only will she host the iconic morning show, she'll also continue to sit beside Kathie Lee Gifford during the popular 10 a.m. hour. Hopefully her pay reflects accordingly!

Anyway, in honor of the news, Hoda and Savannah sat down for an interview for this week's People, during which they opened up about learning the disturbing news about their former colleague and friend.

Related: Scandalized Matt Lauer Is NOT Planning A TV Comeback

Guthrie revealed of November 29:

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Hoda Kotb Tapped As Matt Lauer's Permanent Replacement On Today!

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We are HERE for this decision.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Hoda Kotb has been tapped to permanently fill the spot left vacant by Matt Lauer's scandalous ousting. As you surely know, the newsman was fired from NBC News after it was revealed that he demonstrated "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace.

Related: Matt Lauer's Wife Has Lawyered Up Amid Divorce Rumors

Following Lauer's shocking scandal and subsequent firing, NBC placed the seasoned Today vet on camera next to co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie as a temporary fix. Well, it seems the on screen chemistry between Guthrie and Kotb tested well, because Hoda is now Savannah's co-anchor FULL TIME.

On her deep bond with Savannah, the 53-year-old told People:

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Scandalized Matt Lauer Is NOT Planning A TV Comeback — He Just Wants To 'Play Golf And Stay In The Hamptons'!

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Matt Lauer has no desire to win back your approval.

After he was fired from NBC for decades of alleged sexual harassment, the veteran journalist said he was committed to making "soul searching" his new "full-time job."

Related: Time Magazine Names Silence Breakers Person Of The Year!

According to a source, "soul searching" means playing golf in the Hamptons — and Lauer will be taking this new role very seriously!

The insider told Page Six that the former Today host has no intention of trying to make a comeback following his ousting and, instead, "plans to disappear and play golf," explaining:

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