This is too sweet! Hoda Kotb revealed to the world on Feb. 21 that she’s a new mom! Sharing the exciting news on ‘Today,’ Hoda couldn’t stop gushing about her baby daughter Haley, whom she adopted earlier this month, and her co-host Kathie Lee was JUST as emotional during the big reveal. Watch the tears flow here!
Announcing the arrival of her baby girl Haley Joy Kotb, Hoda Kotb, 52, could barely keep it together while calling in during the Feb. 21 episode of the Today Show. But Hoda wasn’t the only one holding back tears as she revealed she had adopted the newborn earlier this month — her co-stars also choked back their tears of joy, and the entire moment was just beyond touching!
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“I’m going to go off script here for a second if you don’t mind,” Matt Lauer, 59, started off the surprise segment. “A lot of people have noticed that Hoda has been gone for a while. She was off last week and she’s taking a few more days off this week.” Matt went on to introduce Hoda as she called in to the show. It was then that Hoda decided to let a photo of herself holding baby Haley do all the talking. “I do have something to tell you,” she said before asking for her mommy-daughter pic to be projected onto the screen.
As soon as the image was displayed, her coworkers burst into happy cheers and applause. “That little girl is Haley Joy,” Hoda could barely choke out in between audible tears. “I’m crying! She’s my daughter, I adopted her!” How beautiful is THAT? The cameras then panned to Kathie Lee Gifford, 63, who looked as if she was about to burst into tears as well. Hoda added, “She is the love of my life!”
Kathie admitted that she knew about baby Hayley ahead of the other coworkers, but it was super hard to keep it all a secret. “I’ve got the biggest mouth in the world and I’ve said zilch,” she said as she wiped away a tear from her eye. “Hoda, we are thrilled for you, sweetheart. You were made to be a mom.” Our hearts are totally melting! Kathie and Hoda are MAJOR friendship goals!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — isn’t baby Haley precious? Are you thrilled for Hoda?