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

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‘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."

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Libby Leist Becomes First Woman Executive Producer of NBC 'Today Show' 7-9am Time Slot

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NBC News announced Wednesday that Libby Leist will succeed Don Nash as executive producer at the 'Today' show, making her the first woman to lead the program's 7am and 8am hours. 

The move follows the November 2017 firing of former 'Today' co-host Matt Lauer and appointment in January of Hoda Kotb to replace Lauer, joining Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk. 

“The TODAY show couldn’t be in a stronger position. Savannah and Hoda have seamlessly taken their seats and we’re off to a fantastic start in 2018,” Lack wrote to staff. “With this change in anchors, and having rethought some of his priorities, Don Nash has decided to step away from his Executive Producer role at TODAY.”

“Libby has spent her career at NBC News, starting as a desk assistant in DC in 2001, and later rising to become Andrea Mitchell’s State Department producer — a role for which she traveled the world — and then several senior producer roles in the bureau, including MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown and Capitol Hill producer,” Lack wrote.

Leist is also very close to Savannah Guthrie and led 'Today' coverage of candidate town halls in 2016 and a 2016 broadcast from 'The White House' in the Obama Administration. "Today' never replaced Natalie Morales, when she left in 2016 -- preferring to have the anchors handling solid news stories. With the avalanche of Democratic women running for office in 2018, bringing in an executive produce with a political background makes sense.

The first two hours of “Today” are said to bring in around $500 million in advertising revenue each year, according to Kantar, a tracker of ad spending. The show has maintained its first-place ratings slot with the departure of Laurer. 'Today' has run neck in neck with ABC's 'Good Morning America' for a long time. It should be noted that the departure of Charlie Rose from CBS did not have a negative impact on ratings either.

Megyn Kelly 'Today' Show Ratings Are Down 32% Against Last Year's Timeslot

Megyn Kelly 'Today' show rating are not good.

Megyn Kelly 'Today' show rating are not good.

Megyn Kelly is destroying NBC's morning ratings. I've been somewhat neutral on Kelly until a close friend reminded me that Kelly went crazy over the black Santa Claus fiasco a couple years back. Anybody who says Santa Claus is a white dude only is off my shopping list.

Given that 1/3 of the post 9am Today hour is women of color -- already aggravated about the departure of Tamron Hall -- Today should not be surprised that the Megyn Kelly hire could go down as a mega mistake. Not a maga win -- a mega mistake. Today show ladies like black Santas and know that Jesus wasn't lily white either. Jesus had olive skin. What can I tell you!!

Note that Tamron Hall's new show was in development with Harvey Weinstein. Inquiring minds want to know, but I think Tamron would whack him where it hurts.

“Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the ‘Today’ franchise, but the numbers show Kelly’s lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb’s show, which follows straight afterwards,” a source told Page Six

Kelly's hour of 'Today' is down 32% compared to a year ago. And 'Kathie Lee & Hoda' is down 26%.