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Today’s Hoda Kotb looks emotional as she makes surprise appearance on show following absence for ‘family health’ crisis

Today’s Hoda Kotb looks emotional as she makes surprise appearance on show following absence for ‘family health’ crisis

TODAY’S Hoda Kotb has made an appearance on the morning show amid her long absence to deal with family matters.

The 58-year-old was spotted in a pre-taped clip on Friday morning’s broadcast.

Today.comHoda Kotb looked emotional in an appearance on Today during Friday’s broadcast[/caption]

Today.comShe appeared in a pre-taped interview with Olivia Newton-John’s husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe[/caption]

In the segment narrated by co-anchor Sheinelle Jones, 44, Hoda sat down with actress Olivia Newton-John‘s husband, John Easterling, and daughter Chloe to discuss how they’re moving on since the late star’s death in August 2022.

Hoda donned a white shirt and a bright blue blazer for the interview, with her shoulder-length brown locks flowing down.

She looked emotional in the video while talking about the singer’s legacy with her family.

The clip was the first time viewers had since the journalist on Today in over a week, as she’s taken a long hiatus from her hosting duties.

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

He did not offer additional details regarding his co-host’s whereabouts or her return.

Hours later, photos captured Hoda looking solemn while picking up her six-year-old daughter, Haley Joy, from school.


The TV star’s recent posts have left her followers confused and wondering what is happening 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 17.

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.

Hoda’s past Instagram posts were 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 Wednesday, her coworkers hadn’t explained Hoda’s absence, 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 is also a mom to a three-year-old daughter, Hope Catherine, with her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman, 64.

GettyHoda has been absent from Today since President’s Day when she appeared in a pre-recorded segment[/caption]

Twitter/ TODAY / NBCHer absence was briefly explained during Wednesday’s broadcast that Hoda is dealing with ‘family health matters’[/caption]

SplashHours later, Hoda was spotted looking solemn while picking her six-year-old daughter Haley Joy up from school[/caption]

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