Hoda Kotb’s TV yes­ter­days be­fore ‘To­day’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - The Comics - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Q: What did Hoda Kotb do be­fore she be­came a co-an­chor of “To­day”? – Christine Barker, Palm Coast, Fla.

A: Her first job in TV news was as an as­sis­tant for CBS News in Cairo in the mid-1980s, and then she worked as an an­chor and/ or re­porter at sta­tions in Illi­nois, Mis­sis­sippi, Louisiana (New Or­leans, specif­i­cally) and Florida. Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a na­tional cor­re­spon­dent, but her image with that di­vi­sion largely be­came ce­mented when she joined Kathie Lee Gif­ford for the fourth hour of “To­day” start­ing in 2007. With Gif­ford’s re­cent exit, she’s now part­nered with Jenna Bush Hager for that hour – and she also con­tin­ues as Sa­van­nah Guthrie’s prin­ci­pal an­chor­ing part­ner on the main two hours of “To­day,” a sit­u­a­tion that hap­pened quite sud­denly in the fall of 2017 when NBC parted com­pany with then-co-host Matt Lauer.

Q: I heard that “Lethal Weapon” has been can­celed. Is that true? – Pat Don­nelly, via e-mail

A: Yes. That the Fox se­ries got a Sea­son 3 or­der a year ago was last-minute luck, since there was no guar­an­tee it would con­tinue af­ter the fir­ing of star Clayne Crawford – but a deal was made for Seann Wil­liam Scott to board the show as a new char­ac­ter to part­ner with Damon Wayans Sr.’s Roger Mur­taugh. Whether Wayans him­self would con­tinue then be­came a ques­tion mark, since he pub­licly said last fall that he was ready to walk, due to what he voiced as his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with long work­ing hours that cut into his fam­ily time sub­stan­tially. Even­tu­ally, an agree­ment was struck for him to stay, at least at that time; the ques­tion of whether that would have held for Sea­son 4 is moot now.

Clayne Crawford

Hoda Kotb

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