Why is Hoda Kotb not on The Today Show today? | The Sun

THE TODAY Show's Hoda Kotb can be seen anchoring weekly segments of the popular morning program.

So when she's not waking audiences up on the hit ABC series, fans are curious to know her whereabouts.

Why is Hoda Kotb not on The Today Show?

On September 6, 2023, Hoda Kotb suddenly exited that Wednesday's broadcast of The Today Show.

"Hoda, you're on the run. It's the first day of school," her co-host Savannah observed.

"Taking my kids to school! Okay, can I leave right now? Bye!" Hoda replied as she went to leave the stage.

She quickly rose from her chair, gathered her phone, and went off-camera.

Previously in February of the same year, Hoda was absent for a week; she last appeared on the Monday, February 20 broadcast.

On March 1, Today co-host Craig Melvin announced Hoda was "okay" and is dealing with a "family health matter."

Coincidentally, Savannah Guthrie was also off the show after she tested positive for Covid-19.

"We look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back here at the desk very very soon," Craig said.

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"That's right! We love you both," Al Roker said during the segment.

Apart from Kotb's absence from the show, a new episode for her podcast "Making Space," which drops every Monday, didn't drop this week.

This isn't the first time fans have noticed Kotb missing from the show.

The presenter was reportedly off for the remainder of a week following her birthday which was on August 9.

Kotb celebrated her birthday live on the show where Savannah Guthrie surprised Hoda by asking their musical guest Walker Hayes to sing Happy Birthday to her.

Comedian and talk show host Michelle Collins as well as Emmy-nominated host, Justin Sylvester, took over for Kotb in her absence.

Is there a feud between Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb?

There has been an ongoing feud between the two presenters that has allegedly continued behind the scenes for months.

The Sun exclusively reported in June that despite their apparent camaraderie on-screen, the pair secretly "can't stand each other."

"Savannah is the boss. After Matt Lauer was ousted, Savannah grabbed power, and she really wanted Willy Geist in Hoda's role, but his ratings were just not up to par for the network," the source told The Sun. 

"Hoda out-maneuvered Savannah and got the spot." 

TODAY Show hosts

The TODAY Show is an American television program airing on NBC at 7am. The broadcast discusses domestic and international news, as well as weather reports. The weekday and weekend hosts include:

  • Hoda Kotb
  • Al Roker
  • Savannah Guthrie
  • Craig Melvin
  • Jenna Bush Hager
  • Carson Daly
  • Sheinelle Jones
  • Dylan Dreyer
  • Peter Alexander
  • Kristen Welker
  • Willie Geist

The source continued: "[Savannah] thinks of herself as a real news person," while Hoda is seen as "the lightweight that drank wine with Kathy Lee Gifford."

Their uncomfortable and at times awkward relationship was noticed by viewers on July 15, 2022, when cookbook author Elizabeth Heiskell made a guest appearance on The Today Show.

Guthrie was assisting Heiskell, and as she mixed a salad, Kotb walked to the table and asked: "Wait – are we done?"

Savannah replied: "Yeah that's it. Moving on. We'll just move on, we don't have time for all that," as she dismissively waved her hand in front of Hoda, cutting off the guest from speaking.

The co-hosts revealed some animosity toward each other when Guthrie said in an interview with Good Housekeeping that she had shared a clip with Kotb featuring her singing and told her not to share it with anyone.

However, Kotb admitted in a March interview that she had sent it to ten people and had told The New York Times about Guthrie's secret talent.

"I said 'I sent this to you for your eyes only' and then she like added ten," Guthrie told Good Housekeeping.

Speaking in an interview, Kotb said: "Savannah once sent me the most beautiful song and said 'Please don't share it with anyone.'

"But I didn't know what she meant by 'anyone,' and I asked some people 'Who do you think this is?' and it was you [Savannah].

"Remember that time you got mad? You got mad at me." 

Savannah added: "You're lucky I don't hold a grudge, I forgot, but now I'm mad again."

Is Hoda Kotb married?

Hoda Kotb started a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman in June 2013.

The couple met after Hoda was speaking at an event for Wall Street professionals.

On November 25, 2019, Hoda announced live on Today that she was engaged to Schiffman.

"I was totally shocked," she told the Today panel. "He had a good poker face."

"We ended up having a little dinner on the beach," she said, clarifying that the two were in the middle of a tropical vacation.

"And he was like, 'I have something else I would like to say,' and he said some beautiful things, and then he got down on one knee. Then he said, 'Would you be my wife?'''

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The pair have two adopted daughters together: Haley Joy Kotb and Hope Catherine Kotb.

However, in June 2022, the couple announced that they had ended their relationship.

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