Thursday, 25 April, 2019

'Today' co-anchor Hoda Kotb adopts baby girl

Hoda Kotb with daughters Hope and Haley Image zoom
Charles Bowen | 17 April, 2019, 13:33

Kotb said Haley's been trying to feed the baby and has proudly been announcing she's a big sister.

"Today" show co-anchor Hoda Kotb is growing her family! The celebrity mom told TODAY viewers that the story was inspired by her bedtime routine with Haley Joy.

"They said to me at the adoption agency, 'Don't worry, your child is out there waiting for you.' And I remember I would scribble in my journal, 'I know you're there.' I could feel her". "I'm thrilled about that", she says during a live broadcast of FOX News Channel's The Five (which also marks her first TV appearance since leaving Today).

She continued, "Look - in life you think maybe you've gotten what you deserve, but, man, I'm so happy she is here".

Jenna Bush Hager will be the new co-host of "Today's" Fourth Hour alongside Hoda Kotb beginning in April, when Kathie Lee Gifford leaves the morning show.

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The arrival of Hope Catherine Kotb comes two years after Kotb first became a mom, adopting a baby girl - now toddler - named Haley Joy Kotb. "He's just everything." In a separate interview with Andy Cohen, she added, "I'm going to be with Joel until my last breath - I know that".

"My God, my heart just grew", she said of the moment they handed baby Hope to her. You think that you're full.

Kotb said she and her longtime partner, Joel Schiffman, were there when the baby was born. "It's incredible. I can't believe it's happening". The news anchor had all but given up on having a child.

But then one day, Kotb decided she was going to be a mother. "It felt nearly selfish", Kotb explained.

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