What Hoda Kotb And Savannah Guthrie's Relationship Is Really Like

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are up bright and early every morning, hosting the Today show with smiling faces. Per her Today show bio, Kotb started her tenure on the morning show in 2007, hosting the 10 a.m. hour. She was joined by Kathie Lee Gifford and stayed in that spot until 2018, when she was promoted to co-host of Today following Matt Lauer's firing amid allegations of sexual misconduct. When Kotb joined Guthrie to anchor the morning show, the pair became the series' first all-female hosting team, per The Washington Post.

However, as we all know, on-screen chemistry doesn't necessarily translate into off-screen friendship. Case in point? There was no love lost between the hosts of Live! With Regis & Kelly, while Joy Behar and Meghan McCain can't even contain their contempt for each other while the cameras are rolling. Lucky for Today fans, however, Kotb and Guthrie seem to not only be amiable on-screen, but friendly when they leave work, too.

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie have a lot in common

While Matt Lauer may have left a vacancy on less-than-ideal terms, Hoda Kotb took his spot beside Savannah Guthrie without missing a beat. In an interview with TV Insider, Guthrie said her relationship with Kotb was "love at first sight." 

They shared an office at work and Guthrie revealed, "It worked out because we're both really messy." She continued, "I remember walking into the office and around Hoda's space was one shoe and a burrito, and her purse was splayed open full of stuff, with a Coffee-Mate spilling out." At that moment, Guthrie knew they were meant to be. "I was like, 'This is my woman. I get her, she gets me.'"

Kotb praised Guthrie's work ethic, calling her "the perfect journalist." She added that she learned a lot from, and was moved by, Guthrie's style, which she described as: "You tell exactly what happened, and then you sit and talk to the people affected." 

Guthrie also attributes their success, at least, in part, to their friendship. "You can't fake chemistry," she explained, adding, "If you have that rapport, it makes people want to spend time with you." And people certainly seem to want to spend time with the two of them, with viewers continuing to tune in to Today every weekday morning.