Hoda Kotb Welcomes Another Daughter
Hoda Kotb has welcomed another daughter. The “Today” co-anchor announced she adopted a little girl named Hope Catherine Kotb.
Kotb shared the announcement during a phone call into her show on April 16. Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie teased the news of an “exclusive” story on air before getting on the call.
“It’s a girl!” Kotb announced to her colleagues, who all clapped and celebrated in response. You check out footage of the full phone call with Kotb (as well as the surprised reactions of all of her co-anchors!) in this video below from Today’s YouTube channel:
The “Today” show also shared a photo of Kotb with her new baby and her older daughter, two-year-old Haley Joy, on social media.
“Congratulations are in order for @hodakotb, who adopted a second little girl, Hope Catherine, this week,” the caption on the Instagram photo read:
Kotb, 54, hinted at her expanded family on her official Instagram account earlier on April 15, sharing a photo that read: “Choose Hope.”
“Happy Monday xx,” she wrote in the caption:
This is the anchor’s second child.
Kotb surprised viewers in 2017 when she revealed that she had become a first-time mom, having adopted Haley Joy.
On April 16, Kotb called into the show once again to opened up more about her second child and how eldest daughter Haley Joy has already taken to her new role.
“This morning at breakfast [Haley] was trying to feed [the new baby] her raspberries and I was like, ‘Not yet, babe,”’ Kotb said. “She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister.”’
The anchor has received a flood of well wishes from viewers and her famous friends.
Carson Daly retweeted the story from the “Today” show and also added, “Best #popstart ever! Congrats @hodakotb & Joel!”
Meanwhile, Andy Cohen responded to the news by saying, “Hoda!! Mazel!”
Hoda!! Mazel! 🌈♥️🌈♥️👶♥️ https://t.co/9EMfmxYKCu
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 16, 2019
Several celebrities have also left congratulatory comments on Kotb’s Instagram announcement.
“Congratulations Hoda!!! Hoda/Haley Joy/and Hope!!! Sounds so right,” Susan Lucci wrote alongside a heart emoji.
Selma Blair also chimed in, writing, “Happy everything to you!!! You deserve the best chosen family to last lifetimes.”
Guthrie also posted a photo after meeting the baby for the first time:
“Holding on to dear Hope! The joy and gratitude of @hodakotb makes my heart sing,” she wrote alongside the sweet image.
Kotb responded to the overwhelming amount of messages from fans and friends alike on Twitter.
“Hi…. just a note to say thank you… for all the love. I am reading every single one of your messages …every single one …my heart is bursting,” she wrote.
Hi…. just a note to say thank you… for all the love. I am reading every single one of your messages …every single one …my heart is bursting. … ❤️❤️❤️
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) April 17, 2019
Sending congratulations to Kotb and her expanding family!
Written by Lisa Respers France for CNN. Additional reporting by Simplemost staff.
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