Hoda Kotb’s TV yesterdays before ‘Today’
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.