NBC Today Show's Hoda Kotb Shares Easter Photo Of New Baby Hope, Daughter Haley + Joel Schiffman


‘Today’ show co-anchor Hoda Kotb brought a flood of smiles and tears to the show set last week, calling in live with news that she and partner Wall Street financier Joel Schiffman have welcomed a second child named Hope Catherine Kotb.

Today Hoda shared an Easter picture of the family at hope with Hope’s big sister , 2-year-old Haley Joy. Last Monday Hoda shared an Instagram snap of a gorgeous sky filled with clouds and the message ‘CHOOSE HOPE’.

The couple has dated since 2013 and searched for an apartment together in 2016. Schiffman already has a grown daughter, and Hoda tells the story of broaching the subject of adopting a child with him. A 2007 breast cancer survivor, Hoda was left infertile by the chemotherapy.

"I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real," she recalled to People. After she revealed that she'd like to adopt a baby with him, "I said, 'Think about it for a day or a week or whatever.'" His response left her floored—and confident she'd found the perfect partner. "He said, 'I don't need a day. Let's get this journey going,'" she said. "At that point I blubbered like a baby. It was like the dam burst."


Hoda Kotb Becomes 'Today' Co-Anchor! With Daughter Haley Joy, Hoda Says: 'Let's Go Girls!'

Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie in November. Credit: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie in November. Credit: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Hoda Kotb (pronounced COT-bee) will permanently replace disgraced NBC Today show anchor Matt Lauer, the network announced on Tuesday. For the first time in 'Today's' history, NBC's most profitable franchise will be placed in the hands of two women -- Kotb and existing anchor Savannah Guthrie. 

“We are kicking off the year right, because Hoda is officially the co-anchor of ‘Today,’” Ms. Guthrie said, sitting next to Ms. Kotb. “This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled.”

Ms. Kotb, 53, responded: “I am pinching myself.”

Guthrie has been a 'Today' anchor since 2012 and Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a correspondent for 'Dateline'. In 2008 Kotb became the co-host of the fourth hour of 'Today' and rushed into the emergency substitute host spot on the morning that Laurer was fired.

An Egyptian-American, Kotb adopted in early 2017 a little girl Haley Joy and lives since fall 2016 with her longtime partner, financier Joel Shiffman. The event has completely changed her life, says Hoda, who has long wanted to be a mother but -- as a breast cancer survivor -- couldn't conceive children.