But will her salary reflect how viewers feel??
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 built up over time; he was a news anchor for three years before sitting behind the desk in the number one spot for two decades. Hoda on the other hand has been the fourth hour cohost with Kathie Lee Gifford for nine years, but she was only added as the full-time third spot anchor last March. Now she’ll presumably be #2 to Savannah Guthrie.
Another factor to consider is that NBC is probably a LOT less interested in making big deals with talent after throwing money at Megyn Kelly, only to have the former Fox News anchor disappoint in the ratings department.
As for how Hoda feels about the money? Not even bothered. A source explained:
“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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ 25 years. If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract.”
Once we see some ratings with the new team in place, she could have even more leverage. Only time will tell!
Interesting side note: Hoda’s new contract apparently may see her leave the fourth hour. According to insiders, Kathie Lee could be looking to fill that spot with a friend — like Kris Jenner!
Wouldn’t that be an interesting hour…
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