'Today' Co-Host Hoda Kotb Talks NBC Vibe, "Shock" of Making Power List (Video)
At THR's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media party, the 2015 honoree shared her reaction to making this year's list and talked about going from hard news to "drinking and laughing and scratching."
One of the new additions to the 2015 edition of The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the most powerful people in New York media was Today co-host Hoda Kotb. Kotb joined her Today colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer on this year's list. When asked at the party for this year's list what her reaction was to making the cut this year, Kotb said she was "totally shocked but completely flattered."
And she said she was glad to know there was a spot for the co-host of Today's lighthearted fourth hour on a list filled with some of the media's biggest names.
"When you look at this list, there are some movers and shakers, and it's nice to be included," she told THR. "I mean, me, with the drinking and laughing and scratching. It's nice to know that that counts."
A few months ago, though, viewers got to see a different side of Kotb as she filled in for Guthrie while the latter was on maternity leave. But hard news is familiar territory for Kotb.
"I used to do nothing but hard news, which was my whole career, up until Kathie Lee [Gifford] corrupted me," joked Kotb. "You kind of end up switching it up a little bit. You end up going from hard news back to fun, and now I go back and forth a little bit."
As the coverage of the Brian Williams scandal continues and stories continue to emerge about staff changes at NBC News, including the return of Andrew Lack, THR asked Kotb what the vibe is like at Today's Rockefeller Center headquarters.
"I work with really cool, great people, and it's an optimistic bunch," said Kotb. "So when I walk in the door for the mornings, it's a really fun place to be. You know how life is: What you read and what you live are two completely different things. And we just go about our business, day-in and day-out, just trying to put on a good show."