It’s a huge and wonderful surprise! The “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb announced on Tuesday February 21, that she has adopted a baby girl! Hoda, who had been noticeably absent from her position on the morning news program, called in to talk to her Today show family on Tuesday morning and revealed the happy news. “She’s a Valentine’s baby, so she’s a little nugget! She is the love of my life!” she squealed to her coworkers. The baby girl, who is just a couple of weeks old, is named Haley Joy, which Hoda says is after Halley’s comet. “I can just picture her sailing through the sky”, Hoda revealed. Her Today show coworkers were all surprised and overjoyed with the news, sharing their well wishes and happy thoughts.
Not much had been mentioned about Hoda’s time off from the show lately, although she had been posting some cryptic quotes on her social media accounts. Hoda, who has been dating her boyfriend Joel Schiffman since 2013, recently moved in with her beau. The 52 year old had been previously married in the past, but has no other children. She is very close with her two nieces, however, and has always shared adorable photos of them on her social media accounts. We are so happy for Hoda, who has been through many struggles with heartbreak and health (she previously battled breast cancer) in the past! She is going to be an amazing mama and little Haley is one lucky girl!