Why Hoda Kotb hasn’t been behind the ‘Today’ anchor desk this week

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

NBC “Today” co-anchor Hoda Kotb has been off the air Monday and Tuesday — and it turns out there’s a good reason for her absence.

  • On the Tuesday, April 16, 2019 edition of the show, her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie “interrupted” the start of Dylan Dreyer’s “Pop Start” segment.
  • She then tossed to Kotb, who joined the show via phone to announce that she has adopted another baby girl.
  • Named Hope Catherine Kotb, Kotb had apparently kept the pending adoption a secret for some time.
  • Kotb adopted Haley Joy Kotb in 2017.
  • Kotb is in a long term relationship with Joel Schiffman.
  • Willie Geist, who had been filling in for Kotb this week, said he got a “mysterious” phone call over the weekend that his services were needed on “Today.”
  • Guthrie, meanwhile, revealed that she found out Monday but kept it a secret until Kotb was ready to announce the adoption.