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Monday 21st May 2018

'Today' Co-Hosts Honored on TIME's 100 Most Influential People List

"They have both spent years working to get here."

It's not every day that you can call yourself one of the most influential people of the year.

For Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, Today's first female-only anchor duo in the show's history, today's that day.

The annual TIME issue pulls the "most influential pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons of 2018," so naturally, the two ladies couldn't be more grateful to be a part of the list this time around.

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"A huge thank you to @TIME .. @savannah and I are honored xxx," Kotb tweeted out.

Guthrie took to Instagram to celebrate the news, writing, "So cool to be on the #time100 list - thank you @time @hodakotband @mariashriver for writing our story!"

The post crafted in Kotb and Guthrie's honor was written by Maria Shriver, a journalist and good friend of the anchors.

"This is Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb’s moment, and they have both spent years working to get here," she wrote.

"Neither are overnight sensations. They’ve both been at NBC quite a long time, as have I. These are hardworking journalists who worked their way up from the bottom. They are both survivors, and they are both wonderful. They’re wonderful on their own, and they’re even more wonderful as a team."

She goes on to describe her experiences with the ladies "individually before they were a team."

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"I admired, respected and enjoyed each of them. That’s why it’s such a joy for me to watch them work together now," Shriver wrote.

"They know that they’re stronger together than they are apart. They are two people who genuinely like spending time together—professionally and personally."

She added, "Savannah and Hoda got into television news because they are newswomen at their core. They can handle an interview, handle a crisis, handle breaking news and handle pop culture. We all know that morning shows can be fun, but you get the sense that when news breaks, neither one of these women will."