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Hoda Kotb joins Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira on NBC's coverage of 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony

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Fri, Jun 17th 2016 10:30 am

Kotb will also serve as an NBC Olympics correspondent throughout Games

Opening ceremony is Aug. 5 on NBC

"Today's" Hoda Kotb will join Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira as hosts for the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5 on NBC.

In addition to her opening ceremony role, Kotb will serve as an NBC Olympics correspondent throughout the Games, providing her unique brand of conversation, commentary and insight into the sights, sounds and happenings in Rio. She will also be a part of the "Today" anchor team in Rio throughout the Olympics.

Kotb previously worked at multiple Olympics for NBC News, including in Athens (2004), Torino (2006), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). 

"The opening ceremony is a global gathering unlike any other, and Hoda's presence will take the party to another level," said Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, and former executive producer of "Today" (2005-12). "Matt, Meredith, and Hoda will perfectly capture the mix of joy, wonder and pageantry on this special night when a city renowned for celebrating welcomes the world's greatest athletes."

Since 2008, Kotb has co-hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford the fourth hour of "Today." In that time, the fourth hour has been hailed as "appointment television" by Entertainment Weekly, "uproarious and irresistible" by People, and " 'Today's' happy hour" by USA Today.

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