Following her absence from Right now since mid-February, Hoda Kotb has formally returned to the desk—and is thanking followers for his or her help whereas she was away. Kotb revealed on Monday’s present that her on-air absence was attributable to her three-year-old daughter Hope’s temporary hospitalization.
“My youngest, Hope, was within the ICU for just a few days and within the hospital for somewhat greater than per week,” Kotb informed her cohost Savannah Guthrie, who was additionally briefly away from Right now after testing constructive for COVID final week. “I’m so grateful she’s dwelling. I used to be ready for that day to come back.” Hope has since been discharged and is recovering at dwelling, Kotb mentioned.
On Tuesday, Kotb expressed gratitude to those that supplied properly needs in an Instagram put up, writing, “Thanks…for all your stunning phrases and prayers. I’ve learn all of them. You don’t have any concept how a lot it means to me and my household. I’m so profoundly touched.”
Within the days throughout her absence, NBC anchor Craig Melvin informed viewers: “As for Hoda—we all know numerous you’ve been questioning how she is doing. We are able to inform you that Hoda’s okay. She’s received a household well being matter that she’s been coping with.” Kotb remained silent on the matter, solely posting inspirational quotes on her Instagram web page, like “Select hope,” and “Generally miracles are simply individuals with good hearts.”
The anchor, who’s additionally mother to six-year-old daughter Haley Pleasure, mentioned that she’s “watching [Hope] carefully” after the hospitalization. “When your little one is sick, the quantity of gratitude for individuals who helped you out,” she informed Guthrie throughout Monday’s episode. “I’m grateful for the docs at Weill Cornell, who have been wonderful, and the nurses. And I’m grateful to my household, and I’m grateful to buddies such as you who have been there each single day.”
Visibly emotional, Kotb continued her remarks whereas clutching Guthrie’s hand. “I need to say thanks for that. I like you. I like you,” she mentioned. “I like you too. You might have numerous buddies on the market,” Guthrie replied.