Hoda Kotb Makes Brief Return to 'Today' Following Absence
After being absent for over a week on 'Today,' Hoda Kotb appeared on the morning news show March 3.
Hoda Kotb's presence wasn't fully absent from Today.
The celebrate broadcast journalist, 58, made a brief return to the morning news program March 3, as she appeared via a pre-taped interview with Olivia Newton-John's widower, John Easterling, and daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.
While we're sure fans would've rather have seen the Today anchor live on NBC, her short-lived return was certainly a welcomed one. Thankfully, Today's Craig Melvin assured those tuning in that Kotb and Savannah Guthrie—who left in the mid-broadcast on Feb. 28 due to a positive COVID-19 test result—will "be back with us soon."
As for Kotb, she's been noticeably absent from Today for over week. An explanation for Kotb's absence was offered on March 1, with Melvin telling viewers, "We know a lot of you have been wondering how she is doing. We can tell you that Hoda is OK. She has got a family health matter that she has been dealing with."
Kotb has not directly addressed the situation, but previously indicated that something was going on through her social media activity. Earlier this week, Kotb shared a meme that read, "Choose hope," caption the images with two heart emojis. Prior to that post, she shared a different meme, which read, "Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts."
She also shared a cryptic upload about "strong women," writing, "I see you... you strong women."
Despite not knowing the full extent of the situation, fans have made sure to send the TV personality well wishes. One follower wrote, "Today Show just isn’t the same without you! I hope you’re ok," as another weighed in, "Sending love. You are pure love."
Longtime Today personality Al Roker even commented, "Love you all."
Watch Kotb's recent Today appearance for yourself above.