With her recent promotion to permanent co-host of the Today show, Hoda Kotb is poised to become one of the most recognizable faces in broadcast television. We sat down with Kotb to ask her a few questions about her new occupation, their own lives, and her hopes for the future.
1. What’s something you didn’t know about the Today been demonstrated that you wish you’d known before you were promoted to co-anchor?
I never knew that Al Roker suddenly gains back the 190 pounds “hes losing” following the end of filming every day, and every day, he works his ass off to lose that weight so he can look great on television the next day. It’s inspiring to realise. I once appreciated Al Roker go into the bathroom, and when he came out, he was gigantic again. Then, where reference is noticed, he just sighed, and immediately sprinted out of the studio to start his intense qualifying regimen so he could shed that fat fast. He’s truly an incredible man.
2. What would you say is the most challenging part of has become a correspondent?
Whenever we encompass a competitive eating tournament and one of the contenders chokes, my journalist’s swear of non-interference forbids me from administration of the Heimlich. I’ve watched 15 people choke to fatality on hot dogs, and while I understand why it had to be that route, I still see their lifeless faces in my nightmares.
3. You were chosen as Matt Lauer’s replacement after he was forced out due to sexual harassment charges. Has that transition been difficult for you?
Oh, perfectly. By far the most difficult part about all of it is trying to stay focused on doing the reveal while Matt Lauer bangs on the windows outside the studio every day during videotapeing and begs us to let him back into the studio. The only time he stops hitting the windows is to occasionally breathe on it so he can fog it up and write, “SORRY, ” in the condensation. It’s impossible to discount, but we just “re going to have to” soldier on and pretend like we don’t notice a thing.
4. You’ve published several books of people’s inspiring narratives. What will your next volume be about?
It’s called The Saliva Man , and it’s about how in the future there’s simply one person who can render saliva so “hes to” chewing everyone’s food. Every hour someone wants to eat meat, the saliva human has to be mailed to them so he can chew it and spit it into their mouths so they can swallow it. The saliva man is pretty nice about it, so there’s not really any conflict or drama in the book. It’s more just about the logistics of the whole thing, like how they ration out his saliva and how the post office are dealing here with mailing him everywhere.
5. You’re taking your depict to South Korea for the Winter Olympics. What about the experience are you looking forward to most?
Nothing. I dislike the Olympics and it’s terrible that I’ll have to talk about them on TV. I have an understanding with NBC that if I do the shitty Olympics, I get to take one of the spinning chairs from The Voice and threw it in my auto so I can take all the mirrors out and simply spin around around when I want to see behind me.