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Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am


Kotb gets Lauer's 'Today' slot

Associated Press

NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.

It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show's 65-year history. Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

“Today” won't be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show's third hour.

“I am pinching myself,” said a beaming Kotb. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted.”

New album on way

Justin Timberlake is getting back to nature – with a little help from Pharrell Williams, among others.

Timberlake tweeted Monday that his new album, “Man of the Woods,” is coming Feb. 2 and said, “It's personal.”

“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but – more so than any other album I've ever written – where I'm from,” says the 36-year-old singer, who grew up outside Memphis, Tennessee.

It's been nearly five years since Timberlake's previous album, “The 20/20 Experience,” was released in early 2013.

Face also injured

Carrie Underwood is bringing in 2018 by sharing more details about more injuries that she suffered after a fall in November that broke her wrist.

In a blog post Monday, Underwood says she sustained a facial injury that required 40 to 50 stitches and that she's “not quite looking the same.”

She also cautioned fans that she might not look the same when she's ready to be seen on camera again.

“I'm hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don't know how it's all going to end up.”

Underwood, 34, also says she'll be in the studio next week.

Documentary on tap

Actress and activist Rose McGowan will be the subject of a new documentary TV series.

E! said Tuesday it will air the first part of “Citizen Rose” on Jan. 30, which coincides with the release of her memoir, “Brave.” Four more episodes will air in the spring.

McGowan helped open a national public discussion about sexual harassment and abuse when she accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actor Dabney Coleman is 86. Singer Stephen Stills is 73. Bassist John Paul Jones is 72. Actress Victoria Principal is 68. Actor Mel Gibson is 62. Jazz saxophonist James Carter is 49. Actor Jason Marsden is 43. Actress Danica McKellar is 43. Singer Kimberley Locke is 40.