Entertainment TV Matt Lauer Sent Hoda Kotb a Congratulatory Text After 'Today' Co-Anchor Announcement Hoda Kotb has heard from a lot of her friends in the wake of the announcement that she'd be officially filling the spot as Today's new co-anchor, including one unexpected well-wisher: Matt Lauer By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 2, 2018 01:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Hoda Kotb has heard from a lot of her friends since announcing that she’s officially filling the spot as Today’s new co-anchor, including from her ousted predecessor, Matt Lauer. “I did hear from [Matt], yeah,” Kotb told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. “He texted me and he said congratulations and some really nice words, and it meant the world when I saw the text pop up. My heart just went like, you know, it meant the world to see that.” The 53-year-old veteran journalist and mother of one has been filling in for Lauer alongside Savannah Guthrie on the popular morning show since he was fired for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in November. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Kotb went on to explain that she’s still in touch with Lauer, though she admitted his controversy has affected their friendship. “You know, Matt is our good friend and continues to be, and I think for both of us, we’ve just been trying to navigate this time and honor our love and friendship with Matt, but also understand and try to learn more about these circumstances,” she said. “So, it’s complicated when you are surprised by revelations, but you still care deeply for somebody who’s a friend. I think for all of us, we’ve just been trying to navigate through that, with straightforwardness and honesty and integrity.” Brian Doben From Local News to Today Co-Anchor: All About Hoda Kotb’s Journalism Background In an exclusive interview for this week’s issue of PEOPLE (on stands Friday), Kotb and Guthrie, 46, revealed how they leaned on one another in the wake of Lauer’s dismissal, which they broke on air. “That morning was so hard, but Hoda and I were in it together,” Guthrie said. “We are family, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer.” “We were just trying to make it through those days together,” Kotb said. “Sometimes when you go through something with someone, you see something special. I think that’s what happened.” For more on Hoda and Savannah, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday Guthrie, for one, didn’t want that “something special” to end. “It was such a shock to wake up one day and not have Matt, but it was the most natural and comforting thing in the world to have Hoda right there,” she said. “No one wanted that to stop.” NBC executive took notice, too, and just before the holidays, offered Kotb the job full-time. “We’re very fortunate to have someone like Hoda who brings immense talent and tremendous positive energy, and then on top of that happens to have wonderful chemistry with Savannah,” said NBC News Group chairman Andy Lack. “It makes this a decision that everyone can embrace and feel terrific about.” RELATED VIDEO: Kathie Lee Gifford: Matt Lauer ‘Would Be the First to Congratulate’ New Today Anchor Hoda Kotb In addition to her co-anchor duties, Kotb will continue hosting the show’s 10 o’clock hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Gifford couldn’t be happier for her friend and predicted well-before his congratulatory text that Lauer would feel the same. “The whole thing with Matt is not something we want to get into. We love this man and we are heartbroken about him being gone. Our sense of joy is tempered by our sense of loss,” Gifford said of Kotb’s success after Lauer’s downfall. “The best way to say it is that it’s a bit bittersweet. Nobody wants to profit off of someone’s pain. But this is reality. It’s a business, and someone has to move on. Matt would be the first to congratulate her and wish her well.” Today airs weekdays (beginning at 7 a.m. ET) on NBC.