Earlier this week, it was announced that Hoda Kotb would be taking over the role of head anchor on the “Today” show that was left vacated by Matt Lauer. However, now Megyn Kelly has found herself in hot water with fans after it was revealed that Kotb would be making far less than her even though she is doing more work.
Fox News reported that Kotb will only earn $7 million in the position while Lauer made $25 million as head anchor and Kelly makes $20 million for doing the 9am hour. Not only will Kotb replace Lauer anchoring the 7-9am, she will also continue hosting the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford at 10am.
“Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves,” an insider said. “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.”
Conservative commentator Britt McHenry spoke out to say that it’s odd that a “popular television show catering specifically to a female demographic” doesn’t hold its own women “in higher regard” when it comes to salary.
“It’s a ratings and viewership business, so I understand talent will be compensated at varying degrees according to a few factors. But Kotb has been at ‘Today’ for a long time and is extremely popular,” McHenry told Fox News. “Not only should Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie make salaries comparable to Matt Lauer, they should be commended for steering the program embroiled in controversy back on the right track.”
While Kotb has almost single handedly saved Today’s ratings since she started filling in for Lauer, Kelly has continued to act as a ratings anchor in the 9am time slot. Her hour of “Today” has struggled ever since she arrived at the network, so it’s downright wrong that she’s making more than double what Kotb is raking in.
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