If you tuned in to the Today show or Today With Hoda & Jenna this morning, you may have noticed something amiss. Hoda Kotb was noticeably absent from both shows. She was replaced by Willie Geist and Jenna Bush Hager.
The reason for Kotb’s absence was unknown until the end of the third hour segment on March 1. Craig Melvin explained that Kotb took a day off due to a “personal matter.” Until then, fans were left wondering what was up with their beloved journalist.
As far as the personal issue, the NBC news anchor has been very open about her struggles with cancer and the freezing of her eggs to address infertility. She also shared with viewers last year that she split from her ex-fiance Joel Schiffman, who fathered daughters Hope and Haley. Kotb also reveals a lot about her family on the show and is always uplifting and encouraging.
On Tuesday, Kotb posted a series of Instagram pictures to mark the girls’ first day back at school. She wished them a happy first day and thanked hairstylist Laura Bonanni Castorino for her daughters’ fresh new 'dos.
The photo was just one of many from the TV star, who had been busy getting her kids ready for their return to the classroom. In a separate post, she reflected on her own return to the studio after taking a week off to spend time with her family. She also recapped her favorite moments from this summer.