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Today guest sends ‘sweet’ on-air message to absent host Hoda Kotb as she deals with ‘family health matters’

Today guest sends ‘sweet’ on-air message to absent host Hoda Kotb as she deals with ‘family health matters’

A Today guest gives host Hoda Kotb a shout-out during their Today With Hoda & Jenna appearance amid her absence.

While on Today, British author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy showed some appreciation for Hoda on-air despite her missing the show to handle “family health matters.”

NBCA Today guest sent a sweet message to absent host Hoda Kotb live on-air[/caption]

GettyHoda has been absent from Today because of ‘family health matters’[/caption]

During the episode, Today host Jenna Bush Hager, 41, interviewed Charlie, 60, with Hoda’s replacement for the day, Willie Geist, 47, about his legacy and Oscar nomination.

Charlie’s book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse was adapted into the award-winning short film of the same name in 2022.

Jenna and Willie discussed with Charlie the impact of his book and the movie short, which is now beloved by many.

He expressed that the support he’s gotten from fans had “moved” him “a lot.”

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Charlie has been interviewed on Today in the past about his book and the subsequent film, and each time he appeared on an episode Hoda upped him, and his work.

The creator noted Hoda’s continuous appreciation for his work while he talked to Jenna and Willie.

“It’s so lovely that Hoda was such a champion of it right from the beginning,” Charlie said.

He also showed a picture that he drew for Hoda, which had the phrase: “Hoda we miss you” written on it.

Hoda wasn’t there to receive the love in person since she was out contending with family matters.


On Wednesday morning show, Craig Melvin, 43, explained: “Many of you have been asking about Hoda. Hoda is okay she has a family health matter she’s been dealing with.”

Following the brief statement, Craig moved on with the Today broadcast, offering no more information regarding Hoda’s return at this time.

Hoda’s recent posts have left her followers confused and wondering what is going on with the anchor. 

She has not been featured on Today since President’s Day when she appeared on a pre-recorded segment.  

The author’s latest Instagram post showed a photograph of some clouds, with the phrase “Choose Hope” after her last appearance in-person on the show on February 17th.

She captioned the post with some heart emojis, prompting a wave of concern from her fans and followers. 

“Ok. Seriously,” one concerned fan wrote. “What is going on with you?

“I know you have a right to privacy, but your truest fans have noticed your absence, and these posts. Worried about you.”

“Find it difficult to watch with you not being there,” added a second viewer.

A third wrote: “Your bright smile is missed. Keeping a good thought for you.”

“Miss you and sending prayers for whatever is going on with you,” remarked a fourth GMA aficionado.

Hoda’s past Instagram posts are also filled with motivational quotes and slogans, with simple captions that wish followers a happy day and ask them to treat others with kindness. 

On February 18, the TV star shared a throwback photo of herself and her niece, who was celebrating her 16th birthday. 

“How are you 16???? I love you, Hannah!!!! Amazing niece,” she wrote. 

Until now, Hoda’s absence hasn’t been explained by any of her coworkers, worrying fans further. 

The last time she was away from Today was about a year ago when she revealed she’d contracted COVID-19. 

The mother of two shared the news on her social media and kept her followers updated about her health. 

“Thx for the well wishes!” she tweeted. 

“Feeling good.. can’t wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo.”

Hoda and her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman share two daughters, Haley, six, and Hope, three.

NBCOscar-nominated author Charlie Mackesy told Hoda he ‘missed’ her on-air[/caption]

GettyYesterday Today host Craig Melvin informed fans as to why Hoda was absent[/caption]

NBCToday host Willie Geist has filled in for Hoda amid her absence[/caption]

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