Tuesday morning, Savannah Guthrie announced that Hoda Kotb would officially replace Matt Lauer as her Today show co-anchor, after filling in for the disgraced host since his November firing. It’s a historic announcement: Kotb and Guthrie are the first all-female anchor team, not just in Today’s history, but in network morning show TV history. Other morning shows have tended to mirror NBC’s successful “family” format, as Brian Stelter calls it in Top of the Morning, with mixed gender hosts serving as Mommy/Daddy figures. So ingrained are these gender roles that shortly after Charlie Rose’s firing from CBS This Morning, Adweek’s weekly ratings summary speculated on who CTM’s “next male co-host” might be.
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