Hoda Kotb’s absence from Today was addressed on the air

TODAY - Pictured: Hoda Kotb on Monday, November 7, 2022 - (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)

Hoda Kotb’s absence from Today was declared a “family health matter”. (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)

Hoda Kotb’s absence from the Today Show was addressed on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old co-host did not tape the morning’s live broadcast Show since February 17th. To date, the show has explained that she’s just “out,” but after her co-host Savannah Guthrie tested positive for COVID on Tuesday and also wasn’t on the show Wednesday, Craig Melvin popped one during the show Time to explain what’s going on behind the scenes.

“We mentioned that Savannah and Hoda are both absent,” said Melvin, who was alongside Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker. “Savannah, she is home yesterday after testing positive for COVID. We wish our friend a speedy recovery. As for Hoda, we know many of you have been wondering how she is doing. We can tell you that Hoda is fine. She has a family health issue that she has dealt with.”

He said they “look forward to seeing Hoda and Savannah back here at the desk very, very soon.” Roker – who recently had his own health crisis – added: “We love you both,” and then all three kissed lightly.

Kotb is yet to address the situation but continues to share inspirational quotes on social media, including “Choose Hope” and “Sometimes miracles are only good people with kind hearts.” Fans have deluged comments on her posts, curious as to her whereabouts and wishing her well.

Fans are worried about the news anchor who hasn’t appeared on TV in over a week and a half. Her last show was on February 17, she appeared in a pre-taped segment on February 20 Today with Hoda and Jenna, but that was it. Fan interest in her whereabouts only grew after Guthrie abruptly left the show on Tuesday after receiving her positive test result for COVID.

Kotb has been with NBC News since 1998. In 2007 she became the first presenter of Today‘s first fourth hour. She was made co-host of Today with Guthrie in 2018 after anchor Matt Lauer was axed.

Kotb is a mother to two daughters – Haley Joy, 5, and Hope Catherine, 3, – with her ex-fiancé, Joel Schiffman.

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