Hoda Kotb is heading into the holidays an engaged lady.
As has become customary over the years, the Today co-anchor shared the big personal news live on TV Monday morning, taking even her famous colleagues by surprise. Amid all the on-set excitement, Kotb confirmed her longtime partner Joel Schiffman popped the question while the two were on vacation.
As the anchor recalled, she and her longtime beau were finishing dinner on the beach when Schiffman revealed he had something else he wanted to say. Meanwhile, Kotb was totally shocked.
While the journalist is beaming with joy, they have not yet figured out how to explain the milestone to their two younger daughters. "How are we gonna explain, 'Your parents are going to get married?'" she asked with a laugh.
"You've got two built-in flower girls," Al Roker pointed out.
Needless to say, Kotb is as happy as can be. "Love that Joel," she said with a smile on her face.
It seems not much has changed since these two coupled up six years ago. "Joel showed me that anything is possible. Like, at 50 years old, you can have butterflies—you can feel that again," she told Closer Weekly in 2015. "At 50, you can trust someone and realize that there are second chances in life. Joel showed me all of that."
Now, as the two prepare to embark on the next chapter of their heartwarming romance, this couple has already experienced many special milestones in their years together. Revisit their sweet path as a couple in E!'s gallery below!
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