On Wednesday, people talked about how Hoda Kotb was leaving the Today show.
Since February 17, the co-anchor, who is 58 years old, has not taped a live episode of the morning show. She had been called “out” on air before her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie tested positive for COVID on Tuesday and missed the show on Wednesday. During the show, Craig Melvin took a moment to explain what’s going on behind the scenes.
Melvin said, “Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, and I talked about Savannah and Hoda being gone. Savannah went home yesterday after her COVID test came back positive. We hope that our friend will get better quickly. We know that many of you have been worried about how Hoda is doing. We know for sure that Hoda is okay. Her family has been sick, and she has had to deal with that.
He said that they expect to see Hoda and Savannah at the station “very, very soon.” Roker said, “We love you both,” and they all gave each other a kiss. He said this after he had been sick himself lately.
Kotb hasn’t talked about the problem yet, even though she keeps posting inspiring quotes on social media like “Choose Hope” and “Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts.” Fans have left comments on her pictures asking where she is and giving her good vibes.
Fans are worried because they haven’t seen the newswoman on TV in more than a week and a half. Her last show was on February 17, and on February 20, she taped an interview for Today with Hoda and Jenna. When Guthrie left the show suddenly on Tuesday after getting a good COVID test result, fans became even more curious about where she was.
Kotb has been working for NBC News since 1998. In 2007, she became the first person to host the fourth hour of Today. After host Matt Lauer was fired in 2018, she and Savannah Guthrie were put in charge of Today together.
Kotb has two girls, Haley Joy, 5, and Hope Catherine, 3, with her ex-boyfriend Joel Schiffman.