There’s no question Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie had a blast at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they filled their Instagram feeds with pics of them hanging with gold medalists and trying local foods. But behind the scenes, it’s not all fun and games for the Today co-anchors due to their relatively low net worths compared to their co-workers.
“Hoda and Savannah are joining forces to demand a raise,” a source recently revealed to Life & Style. “They’ve always been team players, but they believe they stepped up and saved the show in the wake of the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct scandal, and they want to be compensated for it.”
The ladies each make $7 million a year, which isn’t too shabby, but they fall well short of the $25 million Matt was making and colleague Megyn Kelly’s $23-million-a-year NBC deal. Savannah, 46, and Hoda, 53, “feel there is a woeful pay disparity,” the source continued. “They won’t be asking for the moon, but they feel justified in coming to the table and asking for more.”
The fan favorites have plenty of ammo, since their ratings surged after they took over, plus NBC News chairman Andy Lack has publicly heaped praise upon them. “Being congratulated for handling the big job is fine,” the source said, “but they expect NBC and Today to put their money where their mouth is.”
Of course, Savannah and Hoda aren’t exactly happy about earning less combined than Megyn makes on her own. “They are being treated like heroes at Today,” the source said. “And they want to be paid as such.” Hopefully, the beloved morning show personalities can work something out!
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