Today's Hoda Kotb Returned After Extended Absence With Tearful Story About Daughter's Hospitalization
Sounds like a scary situation.
Viewers of NBC’s morning show Today have become accustomed to seeing Hoda Kotb’s face every weekday for over 15 years now, so any extended absence from the beloved host is going to be felt by her fans. Although the audience had been assured Kotb was “OK,” there were concerns surrounding the “family health issue” that she was said to be dealing with. Kotb finally returned to the show March 6, and she became a little emotional as she divulged that the reason she’d been out was due to her 3-year-old daughter being in the hospital.
Prior to Monday’s broadcast, Hoda Kotb appeared on a pre-taped segment of Today on February 20, but her last live show was February 17. She seemed to be fighting back tears, despite that ever-present smile, as she explained the reason she’d been out, saying:
Hoda Kotb did not go into detail about why her daughter had been hospitalized, but for a 3-year-old to be in the ICU had to have been a terrifying time for the longtime NBC employee. Kotb expressed her thanks to co-host Savannah Guthrie — who also returned to Today after being yanked off the air mid-broadcast last week due to a positive COVID test — and her other friends who were there for her during this scary event. She continued:
Savannah Guthrie returned the sentiment and assured her co-host that she had a lot of friends rooting for her and Hope. You can see Hoda Kotb’s returning message below:
Fans had expressed concern when they didn’t see Hoda Kotb on the air over the past couple of weeks, and her Today colleagues tried to reassure viewers, while sending their love. Craig Melvin addressed the worried fans last week saying (via Deadline):
Jenna Bush Hager, who had a hilarious exchange involving underwear a month ago before they traveled to Canada, also sent well-wishes to her Today with Hoda & Jenna co-host when she addressed her absence to the audience, saying:
As happy as everyone surely is to see Hoda Kotb reclaim her place on the NBC morning show, it’s even better news that her daughter is home from the hospital, apparently still being monitored closely. We hope for a quick recovery for little Hope. Now that she’s back, you can see Kotb on Today each weekday morning on NBC, and be sure to check out our 2023 TV schedule to see what premieres are coming soon.
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